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Administrative Relief

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  • Nov 26, 2014: Preparing Your Program and Community for Administrative Relief
    Nov 26, 2014: On, November 20th, the President announced updates to the DACA process, a new Deferred Action process for parents, and additional immigration executive actions. We are still waiting for more details on how this program will be implemented. In the meantime, CLINIC presented this affiliate-only webinar to review and summarize what we do know. It also discussed strategies for communicating with...
  • Nov 19, 2014: Administrative Relief (AR) Resources
    Nov 19, 2014:  Click Here for Affiliate Only Material   Protect Yourself Flyer (en español)  

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • 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...
  • 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 depends...

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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 at...
  • 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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  • 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
  • Aug 20, 2014: DACA Initial/Renewal Clinic Training for Volunteers
    Aug 20, 2014: Volunteer Training Part 1 - DACA Overview and the Eligibility Guidelines     Volunteer Training Part 2 - How to Complete the Application Forms     Volunteer Training Part 3 -  Overview of the DACA Workshop Model  
  • Jul 31, 2014: DACA Renewal and Updates
    Jul 31, 2014:     This webinar provides an overview of the DACA renewal process and highlights other updates to DACA guidance.  We share practice tips and respond to common questions about the renewal process and the new Form I-821D. 

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Citizenship

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  • Feb 26, 2014: Webinar: What's New About the New N-400?
    Feb 26, 2014: The webinar will discuss changes in the format and content of the new N-400.
  • Dec 20, 2013: Citizenship for Us: A Handbook on Naturalization & Citizenship 6th Edition
    Dec 20, 2013: Citizenship for Us is a comprehensive guide to the naturalization process that provides detailed information on citizenship eligibility, requirements, and benefits and a step-by-step explanation of the N-400 (Application for Naturalization).  The guide includes 13 study units on U.S. history and civics, historic photos, timelines, a sample naturalization interview, and a chapter on civic...
  • Oct 22, 2013: Recent Circuit Court Cases on Derivation and Acquisition
    Oct 22, 2013: Recent Circuit Court Cases on Derivation and Acquisition By Jennie Guilfoyle and Debbie Smith Derivation of Citizenship Derivative citizenship under former INA § 321(a) does not require LPR status prior to turning 18, as long as the individual was residing in the United States before age 18, the Second Circuit held on August 12, 2013.  Nwozuzu v. Holder (2d Cir. 2013)

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Program Management

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  • 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: In this issue…                         Update on Unaccompanied Children and Families Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger Advocacy Update
  • Aug 13, 2014: How to Create a Citizenship Education Program
    Aug 13, 2014: Are you interested in providing more comprehensive citizenship and immigrant integration services? Join us for this free webinar on citizenship education programs. We discuss how and why legal service providers are well-positioned to offer citizenship classes; present key components of a successful citizenship education program; provide resources and next steps for implementing a program; and...

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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • Oct 22, 2013: New Policy on Minors and False Claims to U.S. Citizenship
    Oct 22, 2013: New Policy on Minors and False Claims to U.S. Citizenship By Sarah Bronstein
  • Oct 22, 2013: BIA Affirms Effect of Entry with False Claim of Citizenship
    Oct 22, 2013: BIA Affirms Effect of Entry with False Claim of Citizenship By Charles Wheeler
  • Oct 1, 2013: Update from the NBC on Provisional Waivers
    Oct 1, 2013: On September 26-27, 2013, CLINIC conducted a two-day training in Kansas City on provisional adjudication of unlawful presence waivers. The training included a presentation by Robert Blackwood, Assistant Section Director for Adjudications at the National Benefits Center (NBC), who gave an update on the waiver adjudication process at the NBC and answered questions from training participants. A...

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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 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...
  • Jul 16, 2012: Citizenship for Elders: Issues and Options in Test Preparation
    Jul 16, 2012: The citizenship test, especially the English language requirement, often poses a major challenge for older applicants.  How can citizenship teachers and program administrators best meet the special needs of an older learner?  What are the best strategies for success?  Join us for this webinar about promising practices in instruction and program design for elders in your community.  We will also...

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Religious Immigration

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  • Nov 11, 2014: Welcome, Robyn McCormick!
    Nov 11, 2014: Robyn McCormick joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2014.  She is working with Attorney Kate Kuznetsova to help provide legal services to RIS clients.
  • Nov 11, 2014: USCIS to Increase Number of Site Visits
    Nov 11, 2014: As you may be aware, 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...
  • Nov 11, 2014: The Impact of Artesia: One Volunteer’s Story
    Nov 11, 2014: By Angelia Amaya RIS Legal Assistant  

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Detention and Removal

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  • Mar 27, 2009: Family Safety Planning Training Manual
    Mar 27, 2009: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dramatically stepped up enforcement in the interior of the country. DHS agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Division are arresting immigrants at their homes, workplaces and on the streets in communities all across the country.
  • Apr 20, 2001: At-Risk Reports
    Apr 20, 2001: In 2000-2001, CLINIC published a series of reports on immigration issues based on numerous case studies. These are not current reports. The reports identify, track, and examine the impact of our nation's laws and immigration policies on at-risk immigrants. They illustrate particularly compelling problems faced by immigrants, clear explanations of the law at the root of such problems, and other...

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