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Administrative Relief

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Father and Son
    Mar 24, 2015: Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program
    Mar 24, 2015: CLINIC has created a number of resources explaining the CAM program and which families may qualify:   Articles:
  • 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  

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • Jul 11, 2016: Supreme Court Decision in U.S. v. Texas Impedes Implementation of DAPA,...
    Jul 11, 2016: On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its tie (4-4) decision in the United States v. Texas litigation.  The Court’s split decision means that the preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court in Texas remains in effect and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) remain on hold while the case is returned to the...
  • Oct 15, 2015: Administrative Advocacy
    Oct 15, 2015: In connection with the State of Texas v. U.S. litigation, USCIS began recalling over 2,600 grants of Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) and work authorization in May 2015. USCIS increased its recall efforts dramatically following a Court Order issued on July 7. CLINIC officially registered its opposition to the recall and any resulting terminations. CLINIC worked closely with affiliates to...
  • Jul 24, 2015: DACA Clients with Three-Year Work Permits
    Jul 24, 2015: During July, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) undertook a number of extraordinary actions to urgently retrieve approximately 2,600 three-year work permits it claims were erroneously issued or mailed to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to replace them with two-year permits.

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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Prayer Card Cover
    Jan 12, 2017: Prayer Card for Migrants
    Jan 12, 2017: Please download this prayer card to share with your friends and family. The prayer was written by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.
  • Dec 8, 2015: Praying the Rosary with Our Lady of Guadalupe and Tales of Immigrants (Also...
    Dec 8, 2015: The Rosary helps to recall significant mysteries in our faith and brings us into prayer around them. With these reflections about the lives of immigrants with whom the staffs of our affiliates have worked, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) invites you to join us in praying for dignity and justice for our immigrant sisters and brothers.
  • Nov 5, 2015: Pentecost: On Fire for Immigration Reform
    Nov 5, 2015: The Feast of Pentecost is upon us! This is a time to celebrate the missionary outburst to share the evangelii gaudium, the joy of the Gospel, with all people. And, it is at this wondrous time that we join Catholics in prayerful action to repair our disjointed immigration system.

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Citizenship

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  • Oct 14, 2015: CLINIC Webinar, Citizenship for Children
    Oct 14, 2015: This webinar, held on 5/28/15, provides an overview of citizenship for children through acquisition, derivation, and naturalization. The presenters are Kristina Karpinski and Charles Wheeler.
  • 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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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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  • Jul 24, 2015: USCIS Proposes Expansion of Provisional Waiver Program
    Jul 24, 2015: The USCIS published a proposed rule in the Federal register on July 22, 2015 that would expand the current provisional waiver program in two significant ways. The agency is allowing the public 60 days to comment on the proposed regulatory change.
  • Jun 26, 2015: Three Decisions Address Definition of Admission
    Jun 26, 2015: By Susan Schreiber The concept of admission is central to many critical issues in immigration law. If your client was “admitted,” he or she may qualify to adjust status under INA § 245(a). If your client was “admitted,” he or she is subject to the grounds of deportability, not inadmissibility, and the government will have the burden of proof. And if your client was “admitted,” this may impact on...
  • May 27, 2015: Finally! BIA Gets It Right on 212(h) Bar for LPRs
    May 27, 2015: By Susan Schreiber

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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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  • Cover page of El proceso en la corte de inmigración
    Jul 8, 2016: El proceso en la corte de inmigración
    Jul 8, 2016: CLINIC and ASAP created guidance in Spanish for the Immigrant Justice Corps to distribute at the New York City Immigration Court to the Central American asylum-seeking mothers and children in deportation proceedings. Download the guide.
  • Jun 28, 2016: One year of CARA Pro Bono Project, thousands helped
    Jun 28, 2016: Spring 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project with some impressive data to add a bit of hope to the still steady flow of immigrants across the border. The project’s one-year statistics paint a powerful picture of the work being done by volunteers and the limited formal staff at CARA.
  • Oct 15, 2015: Family Detention Update
    Oct 15, 2015: Despite continued efforts by advocates, the government’s practice of detaining immigrant mothers and their children continues. CLINIC has been especially active in the national fight to eliminate large scale family detention centers. In late March 2015, CLINIC partnered with four other networks to form the CARA Pro Bono Project.Through this project CLINIC has been providing legal services for...

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Family-based Immigration

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Consular Processing

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Immigrant Integration

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  • Mar 10, 2015: Webinar: The Role of Public Libraries in Naturalization
    Mar 10, 2015: Did you know that public libraries in your community can help with your program’s naturalization efforts? Join us for a free webinar to learn how libraries are prepared to support the immigrant community. We will discuss how and why libraries make a strong partner in citizenship efforts; what resources and programmatic support are available to libraries; things to consider when your program is...
  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 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....
  • 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....

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Religious Immigration

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  • Mar 21, 2017: USCIS site visits for religious workers
    Mar 21, 2017: An important part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the United States involves a site visit from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This required visit is used to verify elements of the petition filed by the sponsor, including sponsor and beneficiary information, and work location. Site visits may occur with advance notice or without any notice. A...
  • Dec 14, 2016: Two days ‘away’ to brainstorm and plan
    Dec 14, 2016: Each year, the RIS staff spends time together to plan ahead for the next year. Through this two-day brainstorming session in November, team members discussed ways to improve RIS, in part by working more closely with other sections within CLINIC, as well as ways to increase our social media presence.
  • Dec 14, 2016: RIS staff visits California in October
    Dec 14, 2016: More than two dozen participants from as far away as Missouri, Texas and Nebraska met the staff of Religious Immigration Services in Garden Grove, California, in October for a day-long training in religious immigration. The group included practitioners from Catholic Charities agencies and private firms as well as priests and religious, representing dioceses or religious communities.

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Detention and Removal

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  • Jun 15, 2016: CARA Project Report on Recent ICE Enforcement Actions Targeting Central...
    Jun 15, 2016: Brief on the recent apprehension of Central American asylum-seeking 21 families and explanation on the access to justice issues families have faced in the United States. Download the Brief
  • Apr 11, 2016: Family Detention
    Apr 11, 2016: March marked the one year anniversary of the CARA Pro Bono Representation Family Detention Project, which focuses on ending family detention and ensuring representation for immigrant families who are processed through the family detention facilities. Nearly 8,000 families had a CARA volunteer attorney help them start the process of seeking asylum. More than 700 volunteers from all over the...
  • Apr 11, 2016: President’s enforcement actions against immigrant families and children
    Apr 11, 2016: In early January, the Department of Homeland Security began targeting for removal Central American families and unaccompanied children who had turned 18. CLINIC engaged in extensive national and local advocacy, with staff from the Advocacy and TLS offices participating in national webinars about the actions. The CLINIC advocacy team conducted webinars for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, and...

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Post-Disaster Issues

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  • Jan 27, 2015: USCIS Implements Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program
    Jan 27, 2015: By Kristina Karpinski
  • 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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