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Administrative Relief

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  • Feb 26, 2015: DAPA, Expanded DACA, and the Court Injunction
    Feb 26, 2015:   By Jen Riddle
  • Feb 23, 2015: Countdown to Administrative Relief: Preliminary Injunction Edition (Webinar 3)
    Feb 23, 2015: In this third webinar in the series, we review the preliminary injunction announced in the Texas vs. U.S. case, the new FAQs and I-821D form instructions, and the possible consequences of a DHS shutdown. In addition, we give helpful tips on the work that your program can be focusing on now while waiting for the new programs to start.
  • Feb 20, 2015: Frequently Asked Questions: DAPA, Expanded DACA, and the Court Injunction
    Feb 20, 2015: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) had planned to begin accepting applications for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on February 18, 2015 and for the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program on May 19, 2015. Unfortunately, DHS has delayed the launch of both expanded DACA and DAPA due to a federal...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • May 30, 2014: The Case for Legalization: Lessons Learned from 1986 and Recommendations for...
    May 30, 2014: By Donald Kerwin and Charles Wheeler   This article originally appeared in Issues in Immigration, Vol. 1 (Center for Migration Studies, 2004). It was reprinted by Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Feb. 1, 2007).  
  • Apr 29, 2014: Toolkit for Naturalization Workshops
    Apr 29, 2014: A naturalization group application workshop is a one-day community event that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist Lawful Permanent Residents in completing the Application for Naturalization (N-400). The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing naturalization assistance to large numbers of people. The success of the workshop model...
  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 2014: Back to CLINIC's CIR Resource Page  

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • 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. 
  • Oct 27, 2014: EOIR Releases Guidance on Expedited Court Procedures in Unaccompanied Children...
    Oct 27, 2014: By Sarah Bronstein On September 10, 2014 Chief Immigration Judge Brian M. O’Leary issued a memorandum to all Immigration Judges entitled “Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children’s Cases in Light of the New Priorities” (hereafter EOIR Docketing Memo).  This memorandum was issued in response to concerns raised by CLINIC and other agencies working on unaccompanied children’s issues...
  • Oct 27, 2014: Obama Announces In-Country Refugee Processing for Central American Children
    Oct 27, 2014: By Ilissa Mira On September 30, 2014, President Obama announced a plan to allow certain children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to apply for refugee status within their own countries.  In fiscal year (FY) 2014, over 68,500 unaccompanied children fled violence in Central America, undertaking a long and dangerous journey to the United States.  As a response, in-country processing is...

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • 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...
  • Feb 26, 2015: What to Expect When Expanded DACA Opens Again
    Feb 26, 2015: By Ilissa Mira
  • Feb 20, 2015: Frequently Asked Questions: DAPA, Expanded DACA, and the Court Injunction
    Feb 20, 2015: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) had planned to begin accepting applications for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on February 18, 2015 and for the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program on May 19, 2015. Unfortunately, DHS has delayed the launch of both expanded DACA and DAPA due to a federal...

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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Mar 24, 2009: Catholic Social Teaching and Migration Presentation
    Mar 24, 2009: This presentation, which was first given in July 2008, gives an overview of Catholic social teaching on migration. Topics include:
  • Dec 29, 2008: Help Educate Catholics on Immigration Issues
    Dec 29, 2008: On May 10, 2005, the U.S. Catholic Bishops launched the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign in an effort to educate Catholics, including Catholic public officials, and other people of good will, about Catholic social teaching concerning immigrants.  The goals of the Campaign are to raise the awareness about the positive contributions of immigrants to our society and to advocate for changes in...
  • Dec 22, 2008: Statements of Pope Benedict XVI Regarding Immigration
    Dec 22, 2008: Words from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, Regarding Immigration during His Apostolic Journey to the United States April 15-20 2008

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Citizenship

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  • Aug 20, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - August 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 8
    Aug 20, 2014: Topics include information on how to advocate locally on behalf of unaccompanied minors.
  • Jul 31, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - July 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 7
    Jul 31, 2014: Topics include an update on the USCIS changes to a policy on medical examination reports and a network profile.
  • 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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  • Jan 27, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - January 2015 - VOL. XIX No. 1
    Jan 27, 2015: Read about the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, see who are our new affiliates, and check the monthly Visa Bulletin.
  • Dec 18, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - December 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 12
    Dec 18, 2014: Read about the government launching an overseas processing program for certain central american refugee children, find out who's accredited for the month, and see the study that indicates a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants may be eligible for permanent status.
  • 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: Recent Decisions on Immigration Law and Crimes
    Feb 20, 2014: By Susan Schreiber Three recent circuit court decisions provide some good news for immigrants related to immigration consequences of criminal offenses. These decisions, summarized below, address (a) analyzing when an offense is a crime of moral turpitude; (b) LPR eligibility for an INA § 212(h) waiver; and (c) conviction finality.
  • 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: CLINIC Newsletter - December 2013 - VOL. XVII No. 12
    Dec 17, 2013: Topics include advocacy updates, information on adjustment for visa waiver entrants, and a network profile.

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VAWA and U

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • Mar 18, 2015: In-Country Refugee Processing: What Can You Do?
    Mar 18, 2015: By Jen Riddle  
  • Feb 26, 2015: Minutes of February 12, 2015 NSC Teleconference on Refugee/Asylee Issues
    Feb 26, 2015: Document Production Q.  Can you please clarify whether refugees, because they are statutorily exempt from having to pay the I-485 filing fees, are eligible to file an I-131 and/or I-765 at no additional charge when filed concurrently with an I-485 application to adjust status? Please also clarify whether a refugee may file an I-131 or I-765 at no additional charge after the I-485 initial filing...
  • Jan 27, 2015: TPS Extended for Salvadorans
    Jan 27, 2015: Salvadorans who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are eligible to live and work in the United States for an additional 18 months and continue to maintain their status.  The extension of TPS for nationals of El Salvador is effective from March 10, 2015 and through September 9, 2016.  Nationals of El Salvador who have been granted TPS previously must re-register during the...

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Family-based Immigration

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Immigrant Integration

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  • 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.
  • Oct 24, 2013: Creating a Workplace ELL Program
    Oct 24, 2013: Low English language proficiency impacts employee productivity, safety, and retention. Federal and state governments provide only a fraction of the funding needed for English language classes, and businesses have both the space and the financial means to offer this benefit to their Limited English Proficient workers. CLINIC offers the following resource to programs interested in pursuing...
  • Oct 10, 2013: Harnessing the Power of Partnerships
    Oct 10, 2013: This webinar training covers how to develop and use partnerships effectively and what resources you can use to manage them. Held on April 22, 2013.

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Religious Immigration

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  • 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. 
  • Dec 18, 2014: RIS Staff Retreat – Fall 2014
    Dec 18, 2014: By Minyoung Ohm RIS Attorney  

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Detention and Removal

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