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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Mar 18, 2015: Stipulation Reached in Case for Abused, Abandoned or Neglected Immigrant...
    Mar 18, 2015: By Martin Gauto On March 4, 2015, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) and Public Counsel (both based in Los Angeles) reached an important agreement with the DHS that allows certain applicants for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and SIJS-based adjustment of status to request that the USCIS reopen their cases. Perez-Olano v. Holder, Case No. CV 05-3604 (C.D. Cal....
  • Feb 26, 2015: SIJS and the “One or Both” Parents Language
    Feb 26, 2015: By Michelle Mendez and Martin Gauto   Visit our Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children  
  • Jan 14, 2015: Webinar: Overseas Refugee Processing Program for Central American Minors
    Jan 14, 2015: On December 1, 2014, the Department of State launched a new in-country refugee and parole program for children residing in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Watch a free webinar to learn more about the process permitting certain parents in the United States to request that their children be admitted to the United States as refugees or granted parole. What are the eligibility requirements for a...

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • Jun 25, 2015: Update on DACA (June 18, 2015)
    Jun 25, 2015: By Jen Riddle and Jill Bussey This month marks the 3-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since DACA launched in 2012, over 664,000 individuals have been granted temporary reprieve from deportation and a work permit.  All 50 states now permit DACA recipients to apply for driver’s licenses, following policy reversals in Nebraska and Arizona due to...
  • Jun 19, 2015: You Can Still Apply for DACA - Community Education
    Jun 19, 2015: Expanded DACA and DAPA are on hold, but you can still apply for DACA under the original guidelines.  Find out who qualifies and how you may be able to take steps to become DACA eligible.  CLINIC immigration attorney Ilissa Mira and BIA Accredited Representative Maciel Jacques share some tips on learning about your immigration options and preparing for the future.
  • May 7, 2015: Helping Your Immigrant Students and School Community: Updates on Deferred...
    May 7, 2015: This webinar is for educators, counselors, and others working in schools and adult education programs who want to learn more about immigration relief for undocumented students and their families.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for the Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs protect undocumented students and parents from...

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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Jul 30, 2014: Address by Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga
    Jul 30, 2014: Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga's adress at the National Migration Conference, co-hosted by CLINIC, Migration and Refugee Services, and Catholic Charities USA on July 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • Jun 23, 2014: Webinar: Children Traveling Alone: The Catholic Church’s Response
    Jun 23, 2014:  This webinar discusses why unaccompanied children are coming to the United States, where they are staying, what services the Church is providing, and how you can help.   Panelists include experts on the root causes of migration from Central America and the emergency, social, and legal services available to these minor children.  Panelists:
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    Mar 19, 2014: Justice For Immigrants Lenten Toolkit
    Mar 19, 2014: This Lenten tool kit for parishes and communities offers weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey, with stories, scripture readings, prayers and reflection questions for personal use or to share with a group. The resources are designed to help you reflect on the biblical call for immigration reform, and act to impact our current political reality.

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Citizenship

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  • Jul 24, 2015: Recent Decisions on Acquisition and Derivation of Citizenship
    Jul 24, 2015: The laws regarding acquisition and derivation of citizenship have changed frequently over the years, resulting in different requirements that must be satisfied in order for a U.S. citizen to pass citizenship on to children born abroad.
  • Jun 15, 2015: CLINIC Webinar, Naturalization for Applicants with Disabilities (March 2015)
    Jun 15, 2015: Do you know how to help your clients with disabilities to naturalize? Watch this free recorded webinar on the special provisions in the law for people with disabilities such as reasonable accommodations, disability waivers, and oath waivers. Topics covered include eligibility, the application process, and practice tips. We also provide case examples and answer some frequently asked questions. 
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    Apr 21, 2015: Rapid E-Learning: Completing the Application for Naturalization Form N-400
    Apr 21, 2015: CLINIC has created a self directed e-learning course to help train new immigration legal staff and volunteers on completing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The 90 minute course covers: 

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Program Management

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  • Pinned to topFeb 22, 2011: Case Management Toolkit
    Pinned to topFeb 22, 2011: This toolkit is intended to facilitate the process of designing and/or improving the case management system in your immigration program.  In a legal immigration context, case management system consists of: policies and procedures; forms; a database; and files used by legal representatives in a standardized manner for the purposes of delivering professional services and avoiding errors that can...
  • Jul 16, 2015: Top 5 Transition Issues in Program Management
    Jul 16, 2015: What do I do when the only BIA representative on staff decides to leave our program without anyone else authorized to practice and continue representing the existing caseload? What’s involved in hiring our nonprofit’s first attorney on staff? What needs to be done if the new Program Director doesn’t know immigration law? What can be done proactively or reactively if we lose our one big grant?
  • May 27, 2015: Center for Immigrant Integration (May 2015 Updates)
    May 27, 2015: CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION By Louise Maria Puck, Intern CLINIC’s new Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies.  

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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • May 27, 2015: Intent is Irrelevant to Unlawful Voting
    May 27, 2015: By Ilissa Mira Unlawful voting has serious consequences for noncitizens.  The BIA confirmed this in a precedent decision finding that a noncitizen is removable under INA § 237(a)(6)(A), regardless of whether the alien knew that he or she was unlawfully voting in violation of 18 USC § 611(a).  Matter of Fitzpatrick, 26 I&N Dec. 559 (BIA 2015).
  • Apr 28, 2014: Seventh Circuit Finds IJs Have Jurisdiction of 212(d)(3) Waivers for U...
    Apr 28, 2014:   If you represent U visa and U status applicants, you already know that immigration judges have no jurisdiction over applications for U status or for applications for adjustment of status under INA § 245(m).  By statute, USCIS has exclusive jurisdiction over theses applications, including waivers of inadmissibility under INA § 212(d)(14), the waiver provision that exclusively applies to the U...
  • Mar 24, 2014: New BIA Decision Expands LPR EligibilIty for 212(c) Waivers
    Mar 24, 2014: By Susan Schreiber If you represent LPRs in removal proceedings, you will want to take a close look at the Board's recent  decision in Matter of Abdelghany, 26  I&N Dec. 254 (BIA 2014), which presents a new framework for analyzing LPR eligibility for INA § 212 (c) waivers.  It will likely result in more LPRs qualifying for this relief.

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VAWA and U

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  • Jun 23, 2014: Updates from the Vermont Service Center and the National Visa Center
    Jun 23, 2014: By Kristina Karpinski and Susan Schreiber
  • Jun 23, 2014: USCIS Hosts U Visa Listening Session
    Jun 23, 2014: By Matthew Seamon Advocacy Intern   On June 4, 2014, USCIS hosted a “listening session” teleconference regarding U nonimmigrant status visas. U visas provide immigration protection for victims of qualifying crimes who aid law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. USCIS is engaging in rulemaking to modify the U visa application and eligibility rules and sought...
  • Jan 15, 2013: CLINIC Comments on Age-out Protections for U Visa Derivatives
    Jan 15, 2013: On January 10, 2013, CLINIC shared comments on USCIS’s policy memo, “Age-Out Protection for Derivative U Nonimmigrant Status Holders: Pending Petitions, Initial Approvals, and Extension of Status.”  CLINIC welcomes the issuance of the guidance, as this policy will provide much needed security for the immigrant crime victims and their families that CLINIC members serve.  We are encouraged by USCIS...

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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Family-based Immigration

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  • Aug 20, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - August 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 8
    Aug 20, 2014: In this issue…                         Update on Unaccompanied Children and Families Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger Advocacy Update
  • Jun 23, 2014: BIA Issues Three Decisions Examining the Adam Walsh Act
    Jun 23, 2014: By Sarah Bronstein
  • Jun 9, 2014: CSPA Ruling: Age-Out Derivatives Must Start All Over
    Jun 9, 2014: The Supreme Court has now weighed in and answered one of the last remaining questions regarding the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA): do derivative children who age out before the principal beneficiary immigrates retain the original priority date when their parent becomes an LPR and files a new petition on their behalf in the F-2B category?  The answer has been no, based on a Board of...

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Consular Processing

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Immigrant Integration

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  • Mar 7, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 7, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....
  • Feb 26, 2014: Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment
    Feb 26, 2014: Click Here to access CLINIC's Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment
  • Dec 16, 2013: Partnership Toolkit
    Dec 16, 2013: There are several ways to establish a partnership and many tools to use that can help organize and manage the operations. This toolkit includes sample materials for managing a partnership, guidelines for working within a partnership, and tips on what to look for in a potential partner.

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Religious Immigration

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  • May 20, 2015: Advocating for Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program
    May 20, 2015:     Religious Organization Support for the Special Immigrant Non- Minister Religious Worker Visa Program May 14, 2015       Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC  20510   Honorable Harry Reid Senate Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senators:  
  • Apr 14, 2015: Need Summer Help? Supply Priests and Immigration Law
    Apr 14, 2015: By: Megan S. Turngren RIS Attorney   At this time of the year, many of our clients are searching for supply priests to help with additional coverage during the summer months.  With many clergy members planning vacations, there is always a need for additional help between May and September.  However, it is always important to consider the immigration consequences of hiring foreign-born priests...
  • Apr 14, 2015: Staff Highlight: Minyoung Ohm
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Detention and Removal

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Post-Disaster Issues

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  • Dec 29, 2008: Facts for Documented and Undocumented Workers Helping to Clean-up and Rebuild...
    Dec 29, 2008: IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ RIGHTS All workers, including documented and undocumented immigrant workers, are protected by many U.S. employment and labor laws. Rights that may apply to workers depending upon the circumstances include: Right to be paid. In most instances, workers have the right to be paid minimum wage ($5.15 an hour) and to receive overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week. If workers do...
  • Dec 29, 2008: Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN): Practical Guidelines for...
    Dec 29, 2008: What is an ITIN? ITIN stands for Individual Tax Identification Number. It is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN). The ITIN always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit. For example: 9XX-7X-XXXX. An ITIN permits individuals without a valid Social Security Number (SSN) to:

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