National Visa Center No Longer Requires Original Civil Documents

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December 3, 2014

The National Visa Center (NVC) has changed the requirements regarding supporting documentation submitted in immigrant visa applications. As of November 12, 2014, the NVC has begun accepting photocopies of civil documents, rather than requiring originals.


Important Notice Regarding TPS Re-Registration

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not be reusing previously captured fingerprint and biometric (photograph and signature) data during the next Central American Temporary Protected Status (TPS) re-registration period.

USCIS Expands the Definition of "Mother" and "Parent" to Include Gestational Mothers Using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)


October 28, 2014

USCIS issued a new policy (PA-2014-009) clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers. USCIS and the Department of State (DOS), who exercise authority over these issues, collaborated in the development of this policy. USCIS and DOS concluded that the term “mother” and “parent” under the INA includes any mother who:

Unaccompanied Minor Pro Bono Training on September 30, 2014


HIAS Pennsylvania, together with the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Pro Bono Committee and La Comunidad Hispana,conducted a training for immigration and family law attorneys interested in representing unaccompanied minors on September 30th, 2014. Below are links to video of the training.

Haggadah Insert: Four Cups, Four Immigrants - Our Story, America’s Story

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The Greater Philadelphia Jewish Coalition on Immigration is pleased to share our newly published Haggadah insert, Four Cups, Four Immigrants – Our Story, America’s Story.  The Haggadah supplement connects Passover’s central story of immigration and message of ‘welcoming the stranger’ with the stories of four recent immigrants to the United States.  We hope that you share these stories during your Seders. 

Resources for "Why Immigration Matters"

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Welcome to the resources page for the “Why Immigration Matters” program of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Coalition on Immigration. 

Here you will find everything you need to make your synagogue’s activity a success.  Materials for each activity are listed under the four separate programs being offered: Advocacy, Educational Programming, Materials for Rabbis, Educators and Service Leaders and Service Projects. 


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