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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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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Mar 19, 2014: Justice For Immigrants Lenten Toolkit
    Mar 19, 2014: Make Immigration Reform Your Lenten Promise The Justice for Immigrants campaign, of which CLINIC is a part, has put together this Lenten tool kit for parishes and communities to use during Lent. It offers weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey. The resources are designed to help you reflect on the biblical call for immigration reform, and act to impact our current...
  • Dec 16, 2013: Client Feature: The Immigration Journey of Sr. Honorata Grzeszczuk
    Dec 16, 2013: I received my Green Card last week and this is a good time to recall the whole process. I came to the United States in 2011. I was born in Poland. If someone told me a few years ago that I would be living in the United States, I would not believe them.
  • Nov 15, 2012: Message of Pope Benedict XVI on World Day of Migrants and Refugees (2013)
    Nov 15, 2012: Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for The World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

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Citizenship

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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: an overview of the Form N-400 and the requirements for naturalization; steps to complete each part of the form and prepare the naturalization application for mailing; and steps in the naturalization...
  • 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
  • May 12, 2014: New Form N-400 Released by USCIS
    May 12, 2014: On February 4, 2014, USCIS released its long-awaited revision of the Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization). A draft of the new form was published in the Federal Register for comment on December 20, 2012 and again on March 20, 2013. CLINIC submitted comments on the draft together with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on February 15, 2013. The comments are posted on the...

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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...
  • Apr 22, 2015: CLINIC Helps Indiana Welcome Newcomers
    Apr 22, 2015: By Jeff Chenoweth Across the country CLINIC and its 260-plus affiliates strive to welcome newcomers who seek to reunite with long-separated family members, work for fair wages with dignity, and find legal protections in the United States from persecution in their countries of origin. Helping our country, state, or local community to be welcoming to immigrants isn’t always easy, but it is the...
  • Dec 11, 2014: How to Offer Tax Preparation Assistance Services at your Agency
    Dec 11, 2014: Good moral character is a requirement for naturalization applicants. Paying taxes is one way to establish good moral character, and immigration legal service programs and their agencies can easily assist their clients with this important task. In preparation for the 2015 tax season, attend this webinar to learn quick and easy ways to establish this service within your own agency. Learn how...

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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • Feb 20, 2014: DHS and DOS Announce New TRIG Exemptions
    Feb 20, 2014: By Tatyana Delgado On February 5, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) announced two new exemptions from the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) found at INA§ 212(a)(3).   TRIG aims to exclude individuals who have or will engage in terrorist activities, such as providing material support to terrorist organizations or their members.  Material...
  • Dec 17, 2013: Adjustment for Visa Waiver Entrants
    Dec 17, 2013: By Kristina Karpinski On November 14, 2013, USCIS issued a policy memorandum on adjudication of Form I-485, Application to Register or Adjust Status, filed by immediate relatives of U.S. citizens admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  This long awaited guidance clarifies USCIS's position on adjudication of adjustment cases filed after the applicant's 90-day period of...
  • Nov 6, 2013: CLINIC Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court in CSPA Challenge
    Nov 6, 2013: CLINIC's Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court The above document is a copy of the amicus brief that CLINIC filed with the US Supreme Court in a case challenging the government’s interpretation of a part of the CSPA.

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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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  • Apr 14, 2015: The Year of Consecrated Life-CLINIC’S Annual Board Breakfast
    Apr 14, 2015:   On Monday, March 9, 2015 CLINIC hosted its annual Board Breakfast at the Silver Spring Office.  In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Religious Immigration Services Section invited a few of our local clients to meet with the members of CLINIC’s Board and CLINIC Staff.  The breakfast was a success, with all CLINIC Staff, eight Board members, and twenty RIS guests in...
  • Dec 18, 2014: Sunset Provisions Deadline Approaching
    Dec 18, 2014: By Minyoung Ohm RIS Attorney  
  • Dec 18, 2014: Rita Dhakal Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary at CLINIC
    Dec 18, 2014: Rita Dhakal joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2009.  She currently works with Attorney Megan Turngren to help to provide legal services to RIS clients.  In addition, Rita volunteers with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where she interviews clients for case intake and placement for the Uncontested Divorce Clinic. 

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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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