SBCAE Immigrant Integration Goal

3. Credentials & Residency

Obtaining Credentials and Residency is a goal for many immigrants seeking documentation, work permits, or U.S. citizenship. It can also be a critical step towards achieving other goals that require one to possess a specific status, credential or other document.

The resources listed below are organizations and other information in support of this goal.

2019 TRUTH Act Forum
Questions Posed and County responses at the TRUTH Act Community Forum held on 12/10/19. The Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR), Division of Equity and Social Justice (DESJ), facilitated and coordinated the TRUTH Act forum, for the purpose of providing information to the community and consider public comment regarding SCC law enforcement agencies' provision of access or information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during 2018. OIR held the forum in collaboration with the Forum for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (FIRE) Coalition of SCC, which is composed of the following: Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN), Silicon Valley De-Bug, Asian Law Alliance, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), Pangea Legal Services, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Sacred Heart Community Service Agency, Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic, and YMCA Silicon Valley. Key Words: ALLIES3, Deport

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3 Ways to Make a 'Breath Break' Part of Your Daily Routine
The deep, methodical breathing works by stimulating the vagus nerve, which in turn triggers a calming response in the body. “Slowing your breath can lower your heart rate, release tension, and calm your nervous system, relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety,” she explains. “It can also help take the focus (away) from thoughts that may be causing you tension, (and moving it) to your breath.” This article describes three breath exercises to kick things off.

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A New America
Working with traditionally challenged communities, which include new Americans (new citizens, refugees and immigrants), women, minorities and low to moderate income households, to empower them to make  their American dream a reality while contributing to the economic growth and social capital of their communities. Offices in Berkeley, San Jose and Oakland, CA Key Words: Education, Immigrant Integration, IDA, Individual Development Accounts, ALLIES3

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African Advocacy Network (AAN)
AAN offers immigration legal services for African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants working towards securing a legal status and beyond in the USA. Adjustment of status, Family petition, Consular Processing, VAWA, U-Visa,Citizenship & naturalization, Work Permit, Asylum applicants, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and removal defense. Multi-language Translation & Interpretation, Serving: San Francisco, Marin, the East Bay, SCC, Santa Clara County, South Bay and the Greater Bay Areas. Key Words: Trusted Resource List, ALLIES3

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After Trump’s threat of immigration raids, San Jose police chief and mayor reassure community
6/24/19 Chief Eddie Garcia and Mayor Sam Liccardo met with members of a Spanish-speaking church Sunday. Less than a day after President Donald Trump postponed nationwide immigration raids that were planned for Sunday, San Jose’s police chief and mayor reassured nearly 500 members of a Spanish-speaking church that local police won’t participate in federal immigration enforcement. Key Words: Deportation, ICE, ALLIES3

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Amigos de Guadalupe
Amigos addresses inequities through community organizing and advocacy, direct social service. and education: including legal clinics, family based petitions, Citizenship applications, DACA Renewals, Amigos ESL & Citizenship Classes , Know Your Rights workshops, emergency family plans, after-school and summer programming for young children /youth, and scholarships for new and continuing college students, Key Words: KYR, Financial Aid, Immigration, RRN Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES3, ALLIES4, ALLIES5, ALLIES7

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Appeals court finds Trump administration’s move to end DACA ‘arbitrary and capricious’
5/17/19 A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Trump administration had been “arbitrary and capricious” in its bid to end an Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. -- In a 2-to-1 decision, the court said the government had failed to “give a reasoned explanation for the change in policy, particularly given the significant” interests involved, according to the majority opinion written by Judge Albert Diaz and joined by Judge Robert King. Key Words: ALLIES3

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Asian Law Alliance (ALA)
COVID-19 Update: Facilities are closed. Appointments by phone and ZOOM. Call (408) 287-9710 or e-mail info@asianlawalliance.org. IMPORTANT NOTICE RE DACA RENEWAL. Anyone who wants to renew their DACA status. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing DACA and the ability to renew could be terminated at any time. Scholarship funds available for qualifying applicants. Call (408) 823-0799 for more information.
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Providing individual legal assistance, community legal education, and community advocacy for the Asian Pacific American population of Santa Clara County. Legal Immigration and Citizenship services. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Multi-language: Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Tagalog, Korean. and other languages as needed. Key Words: Refugee, Housing, Domestic Violence, Civil Rights, Public Benefits, DACA, SCC OIR List, ALLIES3, RIF, API

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Bay Area immigrant families prepare for ICE raids with emergency plans
3/3/18 The plans include details on everything from who will look after their children and their pets if they're detained to what they'll do with their homes, what clothes they'll pack and where they'll stow emergency cash and important documents. It's a phenomenon that's become increasingly common amongst Dreamers and undocumented families as they prepare for the unrelenting immigration enforcement that ICE has promised in the nation's only sanctuary state. Key Words: Rapid Response, RRN, ALLIES3

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Beyond Deferred Action: Long-term Immigration Remedies Young Undocumented Immigrants Should Know Abo
Immigrants Rising Guide to the 6 most common legal remedies for Dreamers. DACA is a temporary, discretionary program that could be changed at any time. DREAMers should take this opportunity to consider other longer-term options, and pursue them as appropriate. And for those who do not have DACA, it might offer an alternative. This guide is not intended as legal advice. Links to legal resources are included. Key Words: Asylum, VAWA (or Violence Against Women Act), U Visa Nonimmigrant Status, T Visa Nonimmigrant Status, Family-Based Immigration, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Parole-in-Place, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents, LPR, ALLIES3

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CA extends new protections to immigrants under laws signed by Newsom
10/24/19 The legislation signed by Newsom also expands California’s college student loan program for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, to include students seeking graduate degrees at the University of CA and CA State University schools. Undergraduate Dreamers already are eligible for those loans and in-state tuition. The new laws take effect Jan. 1. Amid an escalating feud with the Trump administration and its aggressive plans to deport immigrants, California also adopted a new law forbidding immigration agents from making civil arrests inside state courthouses. Newsom also extended Medi-Cal coverage to adults in the U.S. illegally through the age of 25. Key Words: DACA, Deferred Action, ICE, RNN, ALLIES3, ALLIES5

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Catholic Immigration Legal Clinic
Resources including manuals, handbooks, blogs, and other information to expand delivery of legal services to indigent and low-income immigrants. Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. Key Words: ALLIES3

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Center for Employment Training (CET) Immigration Service
With the support of volunteers and collaborative partners, the Immigration and Citizenship Program is able to provide services in over 20 languages. Full-time staff speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. ICP offers immigration legal, citizenship, and English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance. Staff is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: ALLIES3, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration, SCC OIR List, https://www.facebook.com/CetImmigrationCitizenshipProgram/

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Centro de Ayuda Legal para Inmigrantes (CALI)
Services: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DAPA, Employment authorization, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions. Languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog Key Words: ALLIES3

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Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)
Specializing in immigration, housing, workers' rights, records clearance, and consumer protection. Offices in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Francisco and Burlingame. Spanish Key Words:ALLIES3, SCC OIR Legal Provider List

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Consulado General de Mexico
In addition to information and guidance, the Consulate supports Mexican Citizens with paperwork to obtain registration, passport, national military service card, declaration of nationality, birth certificates, marriage and death; household goods, transfer of human remains and visas. Likewise, the Consulate General of Mexico Department of Protection, supports cultural, educational, commercial and tourist programs to benefit Mexican communities in the US. Key Words: International, ALLIES3 Multi-language: Spanish & Indigenious Serving Counties of: Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito

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CuidadoDeSalud.gov
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled CuidadodeSalud.gov, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Latino, Insurance, ALLIES3

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DACA and the Supreme Court and What the Future May Hold for DACA Beneficiaries
11/19 This report from the Center for Migration Studies gives an overview of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, provides a statistical profile of DACA recipients, and identifies the impact that the program has had. Finally, the author gives recommendations for allies and advocates, policymakers, immigrant-serving populations and others. Key Words: ALLIES3, immigration

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DHS Extends TPS Documentation for 6 Countries
11/1/19 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a Federal Register notice extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021. The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record (collectively, TPS-related documentation). Key Words: Immigration, ALLIES3

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FACTR (Family Alliance for Counseling Tools and Resolution)
Multi-cultural service, research and training center for the benefit of inter-generational immigrant families experiencing stress in their new environment. Provides counseling, psycho- educational services and cultural awareness programs for newcomer families and their children, regarding state Laws pertaining to Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Educational, Immigration and other areas. Nominal fees for services may be charged based on income. Multi-language: Chinese (Cantonese), Spanish, Vietnamese, Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Advocacy, Mental Health, Legal, Allies3, Allies7, RIF

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Fact Sheet - DHS Agreements with Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador
10/25/19 In recognizing the push and pull factors which cause irregular migration to the U.S., DHS has entered into agreements and arrangements with the countries of the northern region of Central America, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, to further expand asylum capabilities and improve safety, security, and prosperity throughout the region. Multi-language: Spanish | Key Words: ALLIES3

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Good Moral Character - Expanded USCIS Guidance
12/20/19 In addition to the permanent bars to good moral character (GMC), the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and corresponding regulations include bars to GMC that are not permanent in nature. USCIS refers to these bars as “conditional bars.” These bars are triggered by specific acts, offenses, activities, circumstances, or convictions within the statutory period for naturalization, including the period prior to filing and up to the time of the Oath of Allegiance.[An offense that does not fall within a permanent or conditional bar to GMC may nonetheless affect an applicant’s ability to establish GMC Key Words: ALLIES3, Citizenship

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Helping Immigrant Clients with Post-Conviction Legal Options: A Guide for Legal Services Providers
6/2019 For non-citizens, even a low level offense like a shoplifting conviction can lead to mandatory deportation. However, this can be avoided when people secure post-conviction relief to erase or modify their old convictions. If the convictions are vacated, or the sentences reduced, the grounds for removal often evaporate. This guide, created by the ILRC and Californians for Safety and Justice, is an effort to turn these “rare cases” into the rule, rather than the exception, by helping to build the capacity of legal service providers and pro bono attorneys to provide post-conviction relief to immigrants who would face certain deportation without it. Key Words: ALLIES3

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How law enforcement agencies undermine the U visa
11/7/19 For this story, Reveal sought to examine how U visa certification requests were handled in the 10 states with the largest immigrant populations. 4 of those states – California, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington – have mandates that require law enforcement agencies to sign requests for victims of violent crimes who have been helpful to authorities. We contacted more than 100 law enforcement agencies in the other 6 states: New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Texas. The departments serve the largest immigrant communities within their respective states. We found that nearly 1 of every 4 of these agencies create barriers never envisioned under the U visa program. Key Words: KYR, ALLIES3, Know Your Rights

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Human Agenda CLARO Project
Since 2015, CLARO is a legal collective that provides free accessible immigration consultations and legal services for low-income immigrants. immigration legal services, deportation defense, political asylum, post-conviction relief, expungement applications. asylum, cancellation of removal, and more. Multi-language: Spanish, Farsi

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ILRC DACA Update August 31, 2018
8/31/18 The purpose of this advisory is to provide service providers with an update on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and how to counsel clients now. In it we include information on the current status of the DACA program, what to tell clients, factors to consider in deciding when and if to renew DACA, and ideas for what people should do now if they have never had DACA. Key Words: ALLIES3

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ILRC Public Charge Update:
2/6/20 “Public charge” is a ground of inadmissibility. (reasons that a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the US). It does not apply to everyone. This law mainly impacts those seeking permanent resident status through family member petitions. Many immigrant categories are exempt, even if they might be applying for status or a green card. U visa holders, T visa holders, asylees, refugees, and many more categories are exempt. Public charge laws do not apply in the naturalization process (Citizenship application). On 1/27/20 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the DHS can now implement their new rule relating to the “public charge” ground of inadmissibility. The rule will go into effect on February 24, 2020. **Applications postmarked before 2/24/20 will be adjudicated under policies in place before the new rule** Key Words: ALLIES3, ALLIES4, Citizenship

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IMMIGRATION - ICE Guidance During COVID-19
3/21/20 Outline of ICE procedures and policies to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic, including enforcement, detention, deportation, immigration court cases, application processing, interviews, visitation, and more. Key Words: ALLIES3, RRN, Rapid Response

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IMMIGRATION - USCIS Coronavirus Response - Citizen and Immigration Services
3/23/20 All offices in the Bay Area and around the country are closed to the public. There are no interviews, biometric appointments or oath ceremonies until at least the shelter-in-place orders lift. Staff is still working (remotely) and the agency is still accepting mail and online applications. If anyone needs to come into the office for an emergency regarding their immigration documents, they should contact the USCIS Contact Center (5am to 5pm PST) toll-free 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TDD) to make an appointment with the local office.Key Words: ALLIES3, COVID-19

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IRC (International Rescue Committee) - San Jose
Providing Immigration legal services, legal consultations, relative visa petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, employment authorization, affidavit of support, removal of conditional residence, refugee travel documents, naturalization, alien registration card replacement, freedom of information act request, document authenticity, information and referral. Member SCC Citizenship Collaboration. Multi-language: French, Laotian, Persian, Thai, Vietnamese, Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Assyrian, Arabic. Key Words: Refugee, RIF, ALLIES3

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Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
ILRC is a national, non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. Information for service providers, advocates and attorneys. Areas of expertise. | Know Your Rights Red Cards available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Franch, Hmong and Korean. Key Words: Asylum, Refugee, Citizenship, Naturalization, Crimes, DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Family-Based, Youth, LGBTQ, Removal Defense, U Visa/T Visa/VAWA, Deferred Action, Know Your Rights (KYR), Dream Act, Immigration Fraud Awareness. Serving Counties of: Marin, SF, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda and Contra Costa. SCC OIR List, ALLIES3

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Immigrants Who Use Legal Marijuana Can Be Denied Citizenship for ‘Lacking Good Moral Character’
4/24/19 Under a new guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), immigrants may find themselves barred from obtaining citizenship if they possess or use marijuana—even if doing so is legal where they live. To be eligible to become a naturalized citizen, an immigrant must demonstrate they had “good moral character” for the past five years before filing their application. But the law presumes that a person does not have “good moral character” if they have committed any violations of controlled substance laws. This is the case even if they were never arrested or convicted. There is an exception for those with a “single offense of simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana.” Key Words: ALLIES3

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Immigration Fee Waiver Requirements Updated
10/25/19 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revised Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, by removing the means-tested benefit criteria that was previously used as a factor in determining whether an applicant was exempt from paying for filing fees or biometric services. Individuals may still request a fee waiver if their documented annual household income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or they demonstrate financial hardship. Key Words: ALLIES3, USCIS

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Immigration Hardship Center (IHC)
The IHC provides lawyers with forensic mental health evaluations, including summary psycho-social reports for consideration in immigration court proceedings. By also offering long term counseling, and case management to our legally vulnerable immigrant clients and their families, as needed, our forensic mental health services are unique in the community. IHC is currently serving/processing a number of cases including the following: U-Visa applicants - T-Visa applicants - Hardship Waiver applicants - Asylum Applicants - Support for Immigrants in the Criminal Justice System Key Words: Factr, ALLIES3, ALLIES4

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Immigration Options for Undocumented Immigrant Children
8/18 A collection of one-page fact sheets fro ILRC on: *Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) * Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) * U Visa * Trafficking Visa (T Visa) * Asylum * Temporary Protected Status (TPS) * Family Visas * Conditional Permanent Residence * Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) * Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal Advocates should only use these fact sheets for quick reference. Please consult with an immigration expert before filing any applications for relief with USCIS. Key Words: Legal, ALLIES3

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Jewish Family & Children's Services (JFCS)
Programs for adults, seniors, youth, children, refugees, emegres. Immigration, ESL and Citizenship assistance, financial assistance. Educational Scholarships and Loans Areas Served: Offices in Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Francisco, San Rafael, and Santa Rosa - Counties of Sonoma, Marin, San Mateo, SF, and Santa Clara. Key Words: SCC, Koret, LGBT, Domestic Violence, Hospice, Counseling, Emergency Assistance ALLIES2, ALLIES3, ALLIES5, ALLIES7

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KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS BUILDS POWER
The Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) cares deeply about all residents, no matter their immigration status. SCC funds and provides services to all residents regardless of immigration status. You and your family may be eligible for the County's health services, housing programs, and others. Every family is different. To make the right choice for your family, consult with trusted legal service providers. The OIR can connect you to a variety of agencies that can answer your questions for free or at low cost. Also check the Immigrantinfo.org Events page to find workshops that will resume after the pandemic shut-down, throughout the county. Key Words: KYR, COVID-19

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Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center
Provides pro bono advice and representation in several areas including: Consumer Law, Immigration Law, Workers' Rights, Tenants Rights, Community Workshops, Low Income Tax Clinic, Advice Clinics Multi-language Workshops: English, Spanish, Vietnamese

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Know Your Rights About Public Charge
2/20 Multi-language resource links with detailed information around all aspects of Public Charge including a new App in English and SPanish to easily test who might be affected. Key Words: PIF, KYR, Health, ALLIES3

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LEGAL - Bay Area Legal Aid
COVID-19 Update: Public health measures including office closures, travel restrictions, and other steps in response to COVID-19 have affected many aspects of immigration legal and administrative proceedings and functions. This list below covers changes to the some areas of immigration and enforcement schedules and deadlines. LIST
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Free civil legal services that help overcome legal barriers to life's basics. Serving children, disadvantaged families, frail seniors, domestic violence survivors and persons with disabilities. Immigration services include SIJS Adjustments and U-Visas. Unaccompanied Minors. BIA Accredited Non-Profit Legal LEGAL ADVICE LINE 800-551-5554 Multi-Language: Cantonese Chinese, English, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese Serving Santa Clara County| | San Mateo County| Alameda County| San Francisco County| Contra Costa County| Marin County| Napa County| SCC OIR List

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LEGAL - Sewa Bay Area
Sewa International has launched community helplines to provide non-medical advice for people with immigration related issues due to the travel bans, COVID-19 rule changes, cancellation of all USCIS appointments, and anxiety over new restrictions and expiring visas. Students left without accommodations due to closures. Providing information & resources across the country. • USA Helplines: West Coast 203-872-7392 South West 281-909-7392 East Coast 302-330-7392 Mid West 708 972 7392 Multi-language: English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannad and more Key Words: Indian, Asian, CADRE, COVID-19

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Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
The Law Foundation is a non-profit agency that provides free legal services to Silicon Valley individuals in need. Our services are available through five programs: Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, Health Legal Services, Fair Housing Law Project, Mental Health Advocacy Project, and Public Interest Law Firm. Spanish Key Words: domestic violence; family law, and guardianships for youth; special education; housing law; health legal services, ALLIES3,

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Legal Aid Society
LAS provides free, civil legal services for those low-income persons unable to obtain access to the judicial system through other avenues. Community members provided with the needed tools to advocate for themselves and to lead more independent lives. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Advocacy, Bay Area Non-Profit Key Word: ALLIES3

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Mission Asset Fund Immigration Programs
For those eligible to apply for Citizenship, Adjustment of status, green card or Temporary Protected Status renewal, MAF offering 0% loans that cover the cost of the USCIS filing fees. Also, 0% interest social loans thru Lending Circles for any purpose, and Business expansion loans with financial education and support, Key Words: ALLIES3, Credit

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Oasis Legal Services
We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization providing comprehensive legal services to assist LGBTQIA+ immigrants. Our services include: • Screening for immigration relief • Affirmative asylum • Residency • Citizenship • Family petitions Serving territory of San Francisco Asylum Court Washington State to Canadian Border to Bakersfield in Central CA. Spanish | Key Words: Gay Lesbian, Homosexual, ALLIES3

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Pangea Legal Services
Services: low fee and free full-scope legal representation to immigrants in both detained and non-detained immigration court proceedings.  We focus on deportation defense; Key Words: ALLIES3 Multi-Language: Spanish, English, Farsi, French, German, Persian, Portuguese Offices in Milpitas and San Francisco

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Prerna
Prerna2Inspire ia a non-profit organization focused on the humanitarian efforts of enabling refugee families from conflict countries across the globe the opportunity to lead a sustainable life on arrival in the US. Prerna supports enrollment in education at all levels, as well as homework aid, ESL Classes and career Planning. Employment search assistance. (Officially established as a Non-Profit Corp in July 2015.) Key Words: Professional, RIF

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RESOURCE - Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
COVID-19 Update: With the County's "Shelter in Place" order and the exemption for essential services such as social services, shelter, food and health care, Catholic Charities has closed several physical locations, while still providing care through phone or video visits with clients and collaborating with other nonprofits and government agencies. Catholic Charities COVIS-19 Program Modifications
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Citizenship services provided in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, including assessment of eligibility, application assistance, interview preparation, ESL and citizenship classes at offices in San Jose and Gilroy. CC provides resettlement and retraining services for refugees and asylees. Deferred Action (DACA), Foster Youth, Unaccompanied Minors, Disaster Casework. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration and CADRE Many other free and sliding scale social programs for children, adults and seniors. Food, Health Care, Mental Health, House Sharing. Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, https://www.facebook.com/WorkingToEndPoverty/?ref=ts Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, ALLIES4, ALLIES7, RIF

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RESOURCES TO HELP SCC RESIDENTS MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS ON PUBLIC CHARGE
1/27/20 "Public Charge" Rule: Trump Administration Action Targeting Immigrant Families On January 27, 2020, the Supreme Court allowed Trump's Public Charge rule to take effect in every state but Illinois. This is not a final decision and Santa Clara County will continue its lawsuit challenging the rule. The County urges residents to consult with legal service providers when making decisions for themselves and their families. Many immigrants are not subject to any DHS public charge assessment at all, including lawful permanent residents (green-card holders) unless they leave the country for more than 180 days; individuals applying for asylum or refugee status; and many other immigrants. And many benefits also are not implicated by the rule (neither use of WIC nor CHIP is considered under the new rule). The County funds the following organizations that provide free or low-cost legal advice on immigration and public benefits. Legal Resources: Bay Area Legal Aid: (408) 850-7066 English, Spanish Asian Law Alliance: (408) 287-9710 English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Spanish Law Foundation: (408) 293-4790 English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, and more Key Words: ALLIES3, Citizenship

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SCC Creates a DACA Collaborative and funds Scholarships to Help Cover Renewal Fees
COVID-19 Update: Scholarship money is still available for qualifying DACA Renewal applicants. Facilities are closed due to the Shelter In Place order, but assistance is offered through telephone or Skype. At any time the Supreme Court may issue a decision that will end this opportunity. Inquire now! ------------------------------------------------------------------- The Santa Clara County DACA Collaborative is providing DACA Renewal scholarships to those who qualify. To receive an eligibility screening, visit organizations listed below or attend one of the free DACA Renewal Application Workshops. *Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN) *Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC) *Center for Employment Training (CET) *Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center (KGACLC) *Asian Law Alliance (ALA) (a non-funded partner)

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SCC Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Review the Repeal of DACA
6/28/19 Santa Clara County Counsel James R. Williams released the following statement on the United States Supreme Court’s decision to review the Ninth Circuit’s ruling blocking the Trump Administration’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “We are disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to prematurely review the DACA repeal, without the benefit of a full and fair appellate process,” said County Counsel James R. Williams. “But we are fully prepared to continue this fight before the Supreme Court. DACA recipients—in Santa Clara County and throughout the nation—must be allowed to pursue the futures promised them by the federal government,...” Key Words: ALLIES3

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SF CAIRS (San Francisco Coalition of Asylee, Immigrant, and Refugee Services)
SF-CAIRS is a multidisciplinary coalition of 20 organizations serving the San Francisco Bay Area asylee, immigrant and refugee community and its service providers. Providing employment, immigration, health care, benefits application, domestic violence, legal asst, educational and vocational training, employment, housing, ESL, Interpretation and other support services. Expanding resource knowledge among service providers about health, employment, social, education and legal services for recent refugees, political asylees and immigrants in the SF Bay Area. The national HQ is located in Washington DC. Key Words: Muslim, SCC, KYR, Know Your Rights, LGBT, ALLIES3 Offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Multi-language: Arabic , Farsi , Somali , Urdu

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San Jose Library Virtual Privacy Lab
Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs. Toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity. Email or print your privacy toolkit for future use. Available to the public. | Spanish | Vietnamese | Key Words: ALLIES3

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Santa Clara County Upholds Sanctuary Policy; No Cooperation With ICE
6/4/19 SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Santa Clara County will not be providing any special cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials when potential illegal immigrants are about to leave county jail, even in the cases of violent offenders. The Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 5-0 to uphold their existing policy of non-cooperation with ICE. Key Words: ALLIES3

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Services, Immigration Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
SIREN provides free and sliding scale citizenship, legalization and advocacy services to the immigrant community in Santa Clara County, CA. General Phone (408) 453-3003. Immigrant Q&A Line: English & Spanish: (408) 453-3017, English & Vietnamese: (408) 453-3013 Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Multi-language, Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Key Words: Know Your Rights (KYR), DACA, VAWA, ALLIES3

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Step Forward Foundation
Services: Low cost immigration representation to families and victims of violence. Our services include legal counseling on eligibility for immigration benefits, as well as full scope representation for social justice and family based petitions. Free legal clinics every Monday and Wednesday in Morgan Hill. Advice to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Appointment Necessary. BIA Accredited Non-Profit Legal Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: ALLIES3

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Supreme Court Gives Go-Ahead To Trump ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Curb
1/27/20 The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for one of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies, allowing his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future. Key Words: Public Charge, ALLIES3

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The Invisible Wall - Policies that Threaten Immigrant Families
12/6/19 In addition to pushing for a physical border wall, the Trump Administration has rolled out a wide range of regulatory and policy changes to create an “Invisible Wall,” affecting the lives of millions in the U.S. Policies include changes that make it harder for immigrants with low- and moderate incomes to navigate the immigration system as well as restrictions in basic needs programs that make it harder for families to thrive and live with dignity. These efforts are part of a government-wide assault designed to send immigrant families one message: you are not welcome in the United States. Key Words: ALLIES3

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Trump administration proposal would make it easier to deport immigrants who use public benefits
5/3/19 The Trump administration is considering reversing long-standing policy to make it easier to deport U.S. legal permanent residents who have used public benefits, part of an effort to restrict immigration by low-income people. The full possible impact is not known, but the change in policy could affect permanent residents - also known as “green card” holders - who are legally entitled to use public benefits soon after their arrival in the United States, such as refugees. Key Words: ALLIES3

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Trusted Providers of Citizenship & Immigration Legal Assistance
A listing of non-profit attorney and BIA accredited service organizations providing citizenship, immigration, and other legal assistance in Santa Clara County and Bay Area. Low cost or free assistance and Multi-language capabilities. Key Words: ALLIES3 Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, other.

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US Immigration Documents Deacription
5/19 A list of the documents that can be used to show your immigration status and eligibility for various programms. Links to illustrations and detailed explanation of the fields. Key Words: USCIS, benefits, healthcare, ALLIES3, healthcare.

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USCIS Civics Test Updates
1/1/19 On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or appointments. As you study for the test, make sure that you know the most current answers to the following questions: 20, 23, 28, 29, 39, 40, 43, 46 and 47. Answer the questions regarding elected or appointed officials with the name of the official who is serving at the time of your naturalization interview with USCIS. * If you are 65 years old or older and have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you may study just the questions that have been marked with an asterisk. Key Words: Citizenship, ALLIES3

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USCIS Final Rule on Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility
2/6/20 The final rule applies to applicants for admission, aliens seeking to adjust their status to that of lawful permanent residents from within the US, and aliens within the US who hold a non-immigrant visa and seek to extend their stay or to change their status to a different non-immigrant classification. The final rule will take affect everywhere but Illinois on February 24th, 2020, and is not retroactive. No benefits applied for or received before that date will be considered. New forms will be required after that date. Everyone is encouraged to seek the advice of a qualified immigrant service provider before making decisions regarding needed benefits.

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USCIS You-Tube Channel
Hundreds of short videos with instructions, explanations or examples for the CIVICS test, the Citizenship Interview, and various forms and procedures. Key Words: Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees, Naturalization, ALLIES3

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Upwardly Global
Highly qualified immigrant professionals want to rebuild their careers here in the U.S., but they're not familiar with the American way to job search. We are a nonprofit organization that helps highly-skilled immigrants, refugees and asylees reclaim their careers here in the United States and helps American employers discover and understand this hidden talent pool. Professional Licensing Guides | Offices in San Francisco and San Jose, CA English Flyer | Spanish Flyer | Russian Flyer | Chinese Flyer | Portuguese Flyer | Key Words: Employment, Career, Professional, Allies3, RIF

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Why Asian Immigrants Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Trump’s Looming ICE Raids
6/25/19 With ICE raids scheduled to take place in about two weeks if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach a consensus on how to manage the number of people at the U.S. southern border, tensions remain high among Asian immigrants. “The immigration enforcement is not just about the Southern Border but also about the deep impact it’s having on Asian communities,” Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the New York City-based social services nonprofit Asian American Federation (AAF), told HuffPost in an email. “We know the faces and stories of those who live under deportation orders, many who are working through the legal system to seek recourse from being separated from their families.” Key Words: Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, API, ALLIES3

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Public Charge and COVID-19 Clarification from USCIS
3/19/20 The USCIS encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis. The Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule is critical to defending and protecting Americans’ health and its health care resources. The Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. Multi-language: Spanish

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