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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • Mar 4, 2012: Citizenship for Elders: Issues and Options in Test Preparation, 2nd Edition (...
    Mar 4, 2012: Citizenship for Elders is a unique handbook for teachers and administrators on creating and managing a citizenship program for the older learner.  This handbook brings together the observations and insights of teachers from across the country on older learners from a wide range of cultures.  It is based on a nationwide survey of 200 programs.  It identifies the issues in teaching elders and makes...
  • May 1, 2010: Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to...
    May 1, 2010: The manual, Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to Citizenship and Beyond offers recommendations from “veterans” of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).
  • 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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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • Jan 29, 2014: Life After DACA - FAQ
    Jan 29, 2014: GENERAL   1. Can DACA recipients travel abroad?  Yes, but only if they receive permission from the government. 
  • Jan 24, 2014: Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (January 31, 2014)
    Jan 24, 2014: By Tatyana Delgado, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum allowing individuals who entered the U.S. as children and meet certain guidelines to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting DACA applications in August...
  • Dec 16, 2013: The Year of DACA
    Dec 16, 2013: By Minyoung Ohm RIS Staff Attorney   

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Citizenship

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  • Nov 8, 2011: Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants Webinar
    Nov 8, 2011: Held on September 12, 2011.  This webinar discusses several key strategies for helping vulnerable applicants overcome barriers in the naturalization process.  Topics include disability waivers, reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, due consideration on the citizenship test, and fee waivers for low-income applicants.  The presenters are Laura Burdick, Naturalization Project...
  • Aug 12, 2011: Creating a Citizenship Preparation Program
    Aug 12, 2011: Citizenship test preparation and quality legal services go hand in hand in assisting an immigrant along the path to citizenship. A prospective bill for comprehensive immigration reform will most likely bring changes in legal and language requirements for citizenship. It is the job of all legal service providers and teaching professionals working with the foreign born to anticipate these...
  • Mar 10, 2009: Translations of Citizenship Test Questions
    Mar 10, 2009: The translations listed here were completed by USCIS and community organizations throughout the country. For translations completed by community organizations, the organization's contact information is included on the translation.

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Program Management

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  • Sep 13, 2013: State Identity theft Bill: An Analysis of South Dakota’s House Bill 1159 (Feb...
    Sep 13, 2013: Overview:  HB 1159 creates state-level penalties relating to identity theft and employment.
  • 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...
  • May 3, 2012: Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 4: Network Technology Innovations
    May 3, 2012: April 24, 2012 Join us for Part 4 in a four part series for a presentation of tech innovations within the CLINIC network. We'll learn about CitizenshipWorks, a program designed to assist local programs in helping clients naturalize. We'll also learn from several network affiliates about innovative ways they've used technology in their offices and how it has impacted the way they reach the public...

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State/Local

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • Oct 23, 2013: BIA Addresses Asylum Grant as Admission
    Oct 23, 2013: BIA Addresses Asylum Grant as Admission By Susan Schreiber
  • 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 23, 2010: Post-Admission Issues for Asylees
    Sep 23, 2010: What if your asylee client has an error on his/her I-94 card?  Do you know how to get it corrected? What if Social Security won’t issue your asylee client a card?  What if an employer demands documentation from your asylee client that he or she doesn’t have? Documentation problems can impede asylees’ employment, access to public benefits, and integration.  

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Immigrant Integration

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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:
  • Nov 11, 2008: Increasing Refugee Civic Participation: Starting with the Schools
    Nov 11, 2008: Sept. 23, 2008
  • May 1, 2006: Immigrant-Led Organizers in Their Own Voices
    May 1, 2006: The United States is experiencing historically unprecedented levels of immigration. As of March 2005, there were 37 million foreign-born persons in the United States, making up 12 percent of the population. Approximately 14 million immigrants arrived during the 1990s.2 From the early 1990s to 2000, the number of immigrants increased by 61 percent.

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Religious Immigration

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  • May 6, 2014: Understanding Immigration Expiration Dates
    May 6, 2014: By: Megan S. Turngren   With multiple agencies issuing different immigration paperwork for the R-1 process, it can often be difficult to understand the importance of each document.  However, even though it may seem complicated, it is always very important to note the expiration dates of the I-129 approval notice, the R-1 visa, and the I-94.  In many cases, these three items will each have...
  • May 6, 2014: The Immigration Journey of Sr. Bertha L. Montiel STJ
    May 6, 2014: I was born in Managua, Nicaragua, the second of 5 children. I was about 15 months old when I had my first contact with the United States of America. This happened through my father returning home after spending a year at the University of Florida, Gainsville in a graduate course of Sanitary Engineering. He admired this country and its people and he taught his wife and children to love and admire...
  • May 6, 2014: CIR Updates
    May 6, 2014: Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Update With the Senate passing its immigration bill last June and the House currently working on its own legislation, comprehensive immigration reform is a likely reality.  Although legislation is far from final, the expected overhaul will certainly have a monumental impact on all facets of immigration law.   What Are You Doing to Prepare for CIR?

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