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  1. Update on U visas: Reports on CIS Discussions • Gail Pendleton • Sonia Parras Konrad • This project is supported by Grant No. 2009-TA-AX-K009 • awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. • The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) • and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 1

  2. GOAL:TO PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS AN UPDATE ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AT THE VCS ON U VISAS FOR ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PLEASE DIRECT YOUR QUESTIONS TO: questions@asistahelp.org 2

  3. Processing Update • Adjudicator number and training • Cases Adjudicated numbers 3

  4. Framing Your Claim: CIS Suggestions • Applicant declarations • Organizing your evidence • Explaining your evidence 4

  5. Work Authorization • Bona fide standard: Who does it help? • What is the standard? • What about those who can’t get bona fide decisions? 5

  6. Certification suggestions from CIS • Authority to sign • What crime • Indirect victims 6

  7. Indirect & “Bystander” Victims • Status of “direct” victim? • Who can be indirect victim? • What crimes? 7

  8. Showing Substantial Abuse • Best sources • What CIS wants to see 8

  9. Overcoming Inadmissibility • What CIS is looking for: inadmissibility • What CIS is looking for: waivers • Future inadmissibility • Reinstatement strategy 9

  10. Derivatives • Aging out if old interim relief • Aging out for adjustment • What if not included before? 10

  11. Beyond Basic Procedures • Interim relief • Detention & removal • Lawful permanent residents seeking Us • Expediting other cases 11

  12. Outside the US • Processing from outside • Traveling once you have the U 12

  13. Adjustment of Status Update • Ongoing discussion issues 13

  14. Questions not covered? 14