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Administrative Relief

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • 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  
  • Nov 4, 2013: Webinar: CIR 2013-'14: The Road Forward from the Church’s Perspective
    Nov 4, 2013: Webinar held on 11/1/13 This webinar will look at the legislation and politics which will shape the debate on immigration reform in the House of Representatives, explaining the Church’s position on individual bills and the strategy for winning final legislation the Church can support.

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • 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...
  • Oct 8, 2014: Webinar Series: Representing Unaccompanied Children: What To Do and How To Do It
    Oct 8, 2014: The following webinars are from CLINIC's elearning course: Representing Unaccompanied Children: What To Do and How To Do It.  Check back October 29th for a link to the full course, including all reading materials.    Representing Children in Removal Proceedings   Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

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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: The Justice for Immigrants campaign, of which CLINIC is a part, has put together this Lenten toolkit (also available in Spanish) 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 political reality.
  • 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...

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Citizenship

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Program Management

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  • Oct 22, 2014: Presentation: Creating and Managing Sub Offices
    Oct 22, 2014: Do you serve a large region with one office and wish to expand using sub offices or other spaces? Are you planning to expand your service delivery models to other locations once President Obama announces administrative relief before the end of the year? Perhaps you’ve considered expanding to an additional location but aren’t quite sure where to start.
  • Oct 14, 2014: Webinar: Partnering with Law Schools
    Oct 14, 2014: Are you interested in partnering with law schools? Join us for this free webinar on ways to form successful partnerships with law schools that both increase legal capacity for your organization and train the next generation of legal advocates. This webinar will present actual partnership models. Topics to be discussed are: summer internships, externships for school credit, short term projects,...
  • 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.

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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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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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Family-based Immigration

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Immigrant Integration

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  • Sep 30, 2013: Asylee Information
    Sep 30, 2013: In recent years, more than 24,000 people from over 100 nations have been granted asylum in the United States. Asylees have often suffered from persecution in their country of origin, forced migration, detention in the United States, and the uncertainty of the asylum adjudication process. Most confront systemic and bureaucratic barriers to resettlement and integration, and need well-coordinated...
  • Sep 27, 2013: Welcoming the Stranger through Immigrant Integration (Sept 2013)
    Sep 27, 2013: Welcoming the Stranger through Immigrant Integration discusses five state-level legislative initiatives that promote the integration of immigrants into our states and communities.  The integration measures discussed include legislation that creates tuition equity for all; strengthens human trafficking laws; invests in English language instruction; uses the budget process to integrate immigrants...
  • Jun 10, 2013: Volunteer Management Toolkit
    Jun 10, 2013: Many tasks in an immigration legal services program can be completed by volunteers. Using volunteers when possible frees up staff time that can be devoted to offering more services to clients. This toolkit contains helpful information on how best to use volunteers in your program, how to recruit and retain volunteers, and how to incorporate them into your program’s plan for the passage of...

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Religious Immigration

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  • Jul 24, 2015: Updates on USCIS Site Visits for Religious Workers
    Jul 24, 2015: An important part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the U.S. involves a site visit from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). This is required per the immigration regulations and is used to verify the elements of the petition filed by the sponsor (including sponsor and beneficiary information, work location, etc.). These site visits may...
  • 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...

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Detention and Removal

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