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Administrative Relief

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • May 30, 2014: Will History Repeat Itself? A Guide to Immigration Legalization Preparation
    May 30, 2014: By Peggy Gleason As you know, the House and Senate are scheduled to negotiate a compromise that could produce a comprehensive immigration reform bill.  For the first time since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, legalization may become law.  Without knowing exactly what will pass, it is difficult to plan for our programs.  However, we know the rough outlines of the possible...
  • May 30, 2014: Legalization Readiness - Gathering Supporting Documentation
    May 30, 2014: By Peggy Gleason   Regardless of what legalization program is eventually enacted and implemented, applicants will need to submit supporting documents to establish that they qualify. What documents are likely to be needed? What is the best way to organize them? How should clients now be counseled on ways to gather these documents? By looking at the prior legalization under the Immigration Reform...

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • 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...
  • Oct 27, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - October 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 10
    Oct 27, 2014: Read about the announcement Obama gave about in-country processing for Central American children. Also, check out this month's question corner to see if you know the answer.
  • Oct 27, 2014: Serving Immigrant Children in Texas
    Oct 27, 2014: By Tatyana Delgado With over 6,000 unaccompanied children released from juvenile detention facilities to sponsors in Texas from January through August 2014, many legal service providers have shifted into high gear.  Over 3,000 unaccompanied children have been released to parents, relatives, or other caretakers living in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston. 

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • 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.
  • Jul 16, 2015: 3-Year EADs and Adverse Actions for Certain Unresponsive DACA Recipients
    Jul 16, 2015: Starting July 16th, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin home visits to certain DACA recipients who have still failed to return their three-year employment authorization documents (EADs) that were received in error.  In addition to these home visits, USCIS has begun issuing Notices of Intent to Terminate (NOIDs) warning that individuals who do not return their three-...
  • 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...

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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • 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.
  • Nov 5, 2015: Basics of Catholic Social Teaching and Migration
    Nov 5, 2015: In advocating on behalf of migrants, immigrants, and refugees, it is important to understand that the Catholic position is based on Catholic social teaching, which is derived from the Gospels and the words of Christ; statements and encyclicals of the Popes; and statements and pastoral letters of bishops around the world, including the bishops of the United States.
  • 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.

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Citizenship

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  • 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 updated this self directed e-learning course to reflect the revised Form N-400 that took effect on 12/23/16. 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 course is interactive and incorporates text, images, audio, and video along with opportunities for the...
  • Mar 18, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - March 2015 - VOL. XIX No. 3
    Mar 18, 2015: Learn more about the revised G-28 form, review the Center for Immigrant Integration's updates for the month, and see who's newly accredited. We also highlight Catholic Charities of Central Texas in our affiliate profile.

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Program Management

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  • Nov 13, 2017: Tips for Addressing Rejection of Applications and Contacting Lockbox Support
    Nov 13, 2017: Use these tips to help prevent rejection of your USCIS applications, and learn how to address rejections when they happen.
  • 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: Finally! BIA Gets It Right on 212(h) Bar for LPRs
    May 27, 2015: By Susan Schreiber
  • 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...

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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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  • 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 24, 2014: New Capacity Building and Immigrant Integration Resources
    Mar 24, 2014: By Leya Speasmaker Immigrant integration is the ultimate goal of the work the CLINIC network does each day as our affiliates assist eligible immigrants to pursue immigration benefits. CLINIC announces the creation of new tools designed to help your program promote and encourage immigrant integration within your community.  Two new self assessment tools are now available on our website.
  • 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: Sunset provisions deadline approaching
    Mar 21, 2017: The non-minister special immigrant religious worker program currently has legislative authority through April 28, 2017, under a bill signed by President Obama in December 2016. The law allows non-ministers, such as religious sisters or brothers, or other lay religious workers in the religious vocation or religious occupation categories, to adjust to permanent resident status.
  • Mar 21, 2017: Certain religious workers to face delays in permanent resident processing
    Mar 21, 2017: Religious workers from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico are unable to submit an adjustment of status or immigrant visa application at this time.
  • Mar 21, 2017: What is Form AR-11?
    Mar 21, 2017: Filing a change of address with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is a simple but important task for foreign nationals who are in the United States. According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 265(a), "each alien required to be registered under this title who is within the United States shall notify the attorney general in writing of each change of address and...

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Detention and Removal

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  • Feb 8, 2016: Family Detention
    Feb 8, 2016: CLINIC continues to fight against the government’s practice of detaining immigrant mothers and their children. CLINIC, through its work in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project has been especially active in the national fight to eliminate large scale family detention centers. CLINIC and CARA have been leading advocacy efforts to challenge unlawful asylum, detention, and deportation policies...
  • Feb 8, 2016: Discussion of Enforcement Actions
    Feb 8, 2016: From January 2- 4, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted enforcement actions targeting immigrants who arrived to the United States after January 1, 2014, and had final orders of removal. DHS picked up 121 individuals in local communities in Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. CLINIC responded to these action by writing a a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, condemning the...
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    Jan 21, 2016: 8 Ways You Can Help Central American Women and Children
    Jan 21, 2016: CLINIC advocates for the end of the U.S. policy of detaining families who arrive in the U.S. seeking protection from crime and violence in their home countries. It also participates in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Representation and Advocacy Project, working to provide legal representation to these families.

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Post-Disaster Issues

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  • 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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