Immigrant Info / Immigration & Citizenship

The Immigration & Citizenship Section contains links to trusted immigration resources and assistance for SCC Immigrants and refugees. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

LEGAL - Keep Your Benefits
The public charge test has changed and should be easier for most people to pass. Rules about public benefit programs and immigrants are confusing. But benefits can help your family stay healthy and thrive. Get the facts about public charge & immigration. Fill in the National Public Charge Test Guide to see if public benefits could affect different immigration options. Spanish | Chinese | CA Specific Public Charge Test Guide
LEGAL - New DACA Court Ruling
7/16/21 Update from the National Immigration Law Center - A U.S. district court in Texas today agreed with a group of states, led by Texas, that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unlawful. The court ruled that DACA is unlawful and blocked the federal government from granting any new first-time DACA applications. However, the court will continue to allow DACA renewals. People with DACA will not lose their protections. For the time being, pending renewal applications will be adjudicated and current DACA recipients can continue to submit renewal applications. Key Words: NILC
NEWS - ICE ends Trump-era policy of fining undocumented immigrants, calling penalties 'ineffective'
4/23/21 Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer issue fines to undocumented immigrants who have failed to depart the United States, the agency announced Friday, a reversal from the Trump-era policy that threatened immigrants with thousands of dollars in debt to the federal government. ICE officials said the agency rescinded the two Trump-era orders on the collection of financial penalties after determining the policy to be "ineffective," and that it intends to cancel fines already issued to undocumented immigrants.
RESOURCE - Cities for Action / DACA Toolkit
Toolkit to help keep DACA recipients and impacted communities informed about the current status of the DACA program, light the pathway to resources amid a constantly shifting landscape, and offer tools to both elevate the voices of DACA recipients and impacted community and drive the message that DACA recipients strengthen the social and institutional fabric of the United States.
SCC OIR Newsletter10 - Employment Based Immigration
6/29/20 Highly Skilled Immigrants Barred from Entering the U. S. Until 2021 On June 22nd, the Trump Administration extended and expanded its April proclamation that barred certain immigrants from the U.S. for an initial period of 60 days. In April, Trump already banned people with certain "non-immigrant visas" from entering the U.S., including immigrants on work-related visas and family members of U.S. citizens and diversity visa applicants. The ban is now extended through the end of the year. The administration is also restricting immigrants who are here on employment-based visas: H-1B, H-2B, L from entering the U.S. if they traveled abroad.
USCIS -Civics Questions and Answers (2008 version) English/Spanish
Beginning on April 19, 2021, USCIS is administering only the 2008 civics test to N-400 applicants at their initial interview appointment, regardless of their filing date. USCIS will no longer offer the 2020 civics test at the initial interview, but will continue to provide study materials for the 2020 test for those applicants who are eligible to choose between the 2008 or 2020 civics test at their re-exam or N-336 hearing. Spanish
LEGAL - CRISP (Collaborative Resources for Immigrant Services on the Peninsula)
a collaborative project involving seven member organizations whose shared mission is to provide free or low-cost immigration legal services to children, families, and the elderly living in Peninsula communities. CRISP partners rely on collaborative engagement and referral processes, high quality legal representation and support, and coordinated outreach efforts that enable more efficient delivery of immigration services and support in the Peninsula region. Serving San Mateo County. The partner agencies include: Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (API Legal Outreach) | Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal and Support Services | Coastside Hope (CH) | Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) | Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) | Immigration Institute of the Bay Area – Redwood City Office (IIBA-RWC) | La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL) | Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County (LASSMC) |
LEGAL - Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Based in Santa Clara, CA, CAIR-SFBA is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide. Our mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. The CAIR-SFBA office is now offering low-cost or pro bono legal assistance for citizenship, adjustment of status, family petitions, asylum, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), T-Visas, U-Visas, and Violence against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions, Asylum, Afghan SIV Request Legal Assistance | Report an Incident of racial or religious discrimination or Request Legal Services Key Words: KYR, Hate Crime, Muslim,
LEGAL - 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,
LEGAL - Know Your Rights About Public Charge
3/21 Multi-language resource links with detailed information around all aspects of Public Charge including a on line guides to easily test who might be affected. Key Words: PIF, KYR, Health, Keep Your Benefits Guide - CA Public Charge Test Guide - Nat | Multi-language: English, Spanish, Chinese
NEWS - Immigration Policy Tracking Project
2/21 This "TrumpTracker" Immigration Policy Tracking Project catalogues every known Trump-era immigration policy from January 2017 through the end of the administration. Entries describing Trump policies contain the official source documents, are catalogued by date under "view all policies," and are searchable by subject area, agency affected, type of action, and other categories. Biden administration actions that affect or rescind Trump-era policies are prominently noted under the individual policy entries. An overview of Biden announcements appears on the summaries page.
RESOURCE - InformedImmigrant.com
InformedImmigrant.com is dedicated to increasing access to resources and knowledge for the undocumented immigrant community across the U.S. We understand that these times are especially hard on immigrant communities dealing with the unique challenges of coronavirus and immigration status. Regularly updated national and state by state resource guides plus where to get legal help and DACA renewal. Multi-lingual: Spanish Key Words: COVID-19, health, financial, mental health, education
RESOURCE - 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: Credit
RESOURCE - Switchboard (for Refugee Service Providers)
Switchboard is a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers in the US. Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Switchboard offers a library of learning resources, an online evidence database, a range of self-paced e-learning courses, regular live learning opportunities, and on-demand technical assistance for ORR-funded organizations. Switchboard is implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). IRC has partnered with Lutheran Immigrant Refugee Service (LIRS) to provide employment-related training and technical assistance.
USCIS - American Sign Language video for Naturalization
A 15-minute video from the USCIS about the naturalization process is available in American Sign Language (ASL) . The video provides information on general eligibility requirements, filing an application, the naturalization interview, and the Oath ceremony. Key Words: AFN, Access
LEGAL - 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. Anyone who wants to renew their DACA status. Call (408) 823-0799 for more information. Also assistance with Housing ** Public Benefits ** Immigration and Citizenship ** Protection For Domestic Violence Victims ** Civil Rights 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, KYR, SCC OIR List, RIF, API
LEGAL - Center for Employment Training (CET) Immigration Service
COVID-19 Update: All Immigration and Citizenship services continue virtual platform per SCC Coronavirus Guidelines. Staff is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Phone (408) 534-5451 for assistance with DACA, Citizenship, and immigration. Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: , Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration, SCC OIR List, https://www.facebook.com/CetImmigrationCitizenshipProgram/
LEGAL - 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: Citizenship
LEGAL - 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,
LEGAL - LEY (Laywers Educating You) Video Toolkit
Feb/2018 LEY (Lawyers Educating You) is a program of the SF Social Justice Collaborative. The LEY Video Toolkit is to educate immigrant communities and guide them through their immigration process. These FREE resources can be shared by allowing community members to watch these videos before conducting a consultation, workshop. English | Spanish | Chinese (Cantonese) | Mam | Key Words: LPR, U-Visa, DUI, Legal, RRN, Asylum
LEGAL - Oasis Legal Services for LGBTQIA+ immigrants
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,
LEGAL - Services, Immigration Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
We no longer offer walk-in clinics due to the pandemic. Free telephonic legal consultations are available by appointment only. Call us at (408) 453-3003 to set up a consultation for potential affirmative relief. If you are in removal proceedings, call (559) 840-0005 to set up an appointment. To sign up for an upcoming DACA clinic, email daca@sirenimmigrantrights.org. To sign up for an upcoming naturalization clinic, email natz@sirenimmigrantrights.org. Multi-language: English, Spanish, Vietnamese: Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Key Words: Know Your Rights (KYR), DACA, VAWA, Santa Clara County, SCC,
LEGAL - Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
USCIS Updates on Countries Currently Designated for TPS
LEGAL - US deporting crime victims while they wait for special visa
7/19/18 For victims of crime on U.S. soil who are living here illegally, a special visa program encourages them to help solve their cases and catch criminals, and often provides their only clear path to citizenship. But as Republican President Donald Trump's administration has taken a harder line on immigration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to be stepping up the detention and deportation of people who have applied for the so-called "U visa."
LEGAL - USCIS Announces Return to Deference Policy
4/28/21 Deference is back! USCIS announced that, effective immediately, it will reinstate its 2004 policy of deferring to prior determinations of eligibility. Rescinded by the Trump administration, this policy directed officers to “generally defer to prior determinations of eligibility when adjudicating petition extensions involving the same parties and facts as the initial petition.” This means that prior determinations made by USCIS will receive deference unless “there was a material error, material change in circumstances or in eligibility, or new material information” that would have an adverse impact on eligibility.
LEGAL - Why Don’t Immigrants Apply for Citizenship? There Is No Line for Many Unauthorized Immigrants
11/25/19 Many people wonder why all immigrants do not just come to the United States legally or simply apply for citizenship while living here without authorization. These suggestions miss the point: There is no line available for current unauthorized immigrants and the “regular channels” are largely not available to prospective immigrants who end up entering the country through unauthorized channels. Even though most unauthorized immigrants have lived in the United States for nearly 15 years, many could live out the rest of their lives without any opportunity to become legal residents of this country.
RESOURCE - ALA DACA Renewal Video - Scholarships Available
5/5/20 Contact Asian Law Alliance ' right away for a free consultation to see if you should renew your DACA. (408) 287-9710. Scholarships for the $495 fee are still available for eligible applicants. The Supreme Court is currently considering termination of the DACA program. A decision could come any day and if they decide to terminate the program, it will be too late. The good news is, that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still accepting DACA renewals. If your DACA will expire within the next year or even if your DACA has expired, you may be able to renew. Key Words: Undocumented., immigration,
RESOURCE - USAHello
USAHello is a free online center for information and education for refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and welcoming communities. Multi-language: Arabic French Spanish
TRANSLATION - Anyone Speak K’iche’ or Mam? Immigration Courts Overwhelmed by Indigenous Languages
3/19/19 United States immigration officials provide interpreters in as many as 350 languages over all, including Mandarin, Creole, Punjabi, Arabic and Russian. But Mam, K’iche’ and Q’anjob’al — all indigenous to Guatemala — have each become one of the 25 most common languages spoken in immigration court in the past few years. Key Words: Translation, Interpreter
USCIS - Citizenship Resource Center
USCIS Multilingual One Stop site with information for Immigrants, Teachers and Advocates.Information in English, | Arabic | Chinese | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog |Vietnamese | Part of a USCIS Public Awareness Education drive. Key Words: Multi-language, Instructor Resource, Student Resource,
USCIS - San Jose Office
Beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later. USCIS has enacted precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in reopened facilities. Information about the location, hours and services available at the San Jose Office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Replaced INS). Serves the following counties: Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey. Multi-Lingual: | Spanish | Multi-language
USCIS Automated Case Information System
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (immigration court) created a public portal to obtain general information about individuals in removal proceedings. By entering the individual's alien number ( 9-digit "A" number) an individual in immigration removal proceedings can see when and where their next court hearing is as well as other information.
USCIS https://www.uscis.gov/tools/reports-and-studies/immigration-and-citizenship-data
7/1/21 These reports provide data on various aspects of USCIS operations. In addition, certain tables list the USCIS office responsible for the adjudication. Key Words: Statistics
IMMIGRANT - Center for Applied Linguistics
CAL has been a leader in refugee education and orientation since 1975. We have been helping immigrant and refugee newcomers understand fundamental aspects of life in the US, as well as helping service providers and other interested parties understand the backgrounds, cultures, and linguistic heritage of the new members of their communities. In addition, CAL has a long history of conducting research and developing strategies for educational success for immigrants across a wide range of ages and language proficiency levels. Key Words: Instructor Resource, translate, interpret, ESL
IMMIGRANTS - CA Comparison of Benefits & Rights Based on Immigration Status
10/19 Includes education benefits, public benefits, travel and transportation, civil rights, workplace and employment benefits. This chart, from Immigrants Rising, Shows benefits available to citizens, LPR's (permanent residents, undocumented) Based on CALIFORNIA law,. benefits, and rights may be different in other states. Key Words: integration.
IMMIGRANTS - DOJ Rescinds Trump 'Zero Tolerance' Rule That Separated Thousands of Migrant Families
1/26/21 The Justice Department on Tuesday rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a "zero tolerance" enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo to federal prosecutors across the nation, saying the department would return to its longstanding previous policy and instructing prosecutors to act on the merits of individual cases.
IMMIGRANTS - Muslim & African Ban Recission Community Advisory
1/22/21 Asian Law Caucus, alongside partner organizations, hosted an information session in English explaining the executive order rescinding the Bans and what it means for individual cases and for related lawsuits pending in court. Link to the Recording Here
IMMIGRANTS - National Map of Local Entanglement with ICE
11/13/19 The interactive map from ILRC represents the degree to which local policies limit assistance in immigration enforcement, based on FOIA data we received from ICE, as well as our own expertise in local and state laws and policies relating to immigration enforcement. We update the map regularly as the laws shift and grow. State and local governments across the country have created their own check on federal demands to coopt local law enforcement: sanctuary policies. Sanctuary policies take many forms, but broadly act to limit the participation of local agencies in helping with federal immigration enforcement. This map looks at what those policies do, where they are, and just as importantly, where they aren’t. Jurisdictions that have not enacted sanctuary policies are providing unnecessary, sometimes illegal, assistance to ICE. Key Words: Know Your Rights, KYR
IMMIGRANTS - Privacy Protections in Selected Federal Benefits Programs
2/21/18 The federal laws protecting information about benefit recipients remain intact, and cannot be altered by an executive order.[3] Absent any change in federal statute, state agencies should decline any request for disclosure of information regarding a benefit recipient unless the request is consistent with these laws, the state plan approved for the program, and other federal regulations or guidance that flows from these federal statutes. Key Words: Public Charge, KYR, Know Your Rights
IMMIGRANTS - USCIS Fee Rule Halted in Its Entirety in Response to Litigation Filed by AILA and Sidley Austin LLP
9/30/20 AILA applauds the Court’s expeditious order to set aside USCIS’s unprecedented attempt to dramatically raise fees prior to November’s Presidential Election. The DHS’s Fee Rule, which would have doubled or tripled application fees for many essential immigration benefits, was set to go into effect on October 2, 2020. Not only did Judge White carefully identify that DHS leadership did not have the authority to issue the rule, Judge White recognized that the government pushed to increase fees arbitrarily without considering important concerns identified by plaintiffs and thousands of commenters in opposition to the rule, including the negative impact the rule would have on low-income immigrant populations and those seeking asylum. Current Fees 10/16/20
INFO - ORR AND DHS INFORMATION-SHARING AGREEMENT AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
12-18 In May 2018, ORR, ICE, and CBP entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) [1] mandating continuous information-sharing on unaccompanied immigrant children beginning when CBP or ICE takes them into custody through their release from ORR custody. This includes information on the children’s potential sponsors (usually family members), as well as anyone else living with the sponsor. The MOA represents a dramatic change from past practice and is already resulting in severe consequences, including prolonged lengths of stay of children in federal custody, increased costs, family separation, and increased risk of abuse or trafficking of vulnerable children. The following summarizes the MOA’s changes and their impact on children, families, and the U.S. taxpayer: Key Words: Privacy, data sharing
INFO - Dark History of the Citizenship Question - Snopes
4/13/19 In March 2018, the Trump administration announced that there will be questions about citizenship on the 2020 decennial census form, making it the first time in 70 years that every U.S. household will be asked to divulge the citizenship status of its members. Critics (mainly Democrats and civil rights groups) warned that the change will likely discourage non-citizens from participating in the census for fear they’ll be targeted for heightened government scrutiny and/or deportation. Some drew a comparison to the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II, when, despite peacetime laws prohibiting it, data collected by the Census Bureau on race and national origin was used by the Secret Service to target people of Japanese ancestry for internment. Key Words: Snopes
INFO - Stop Notario Fraud
2015. Resources and information from AILA for victims of dishonest immigration consultants often known as "notarios." Immigration consultants, notaries public, and notarios cannot represent you in the immigration process.
LEGAL - CA detainees face long periods of confinement and barriers to medical treatment, state audit reveals
2/28/19 Reporting from Sacramento — Lengthy stays in cells. A lack of access to doctors, counselors and legal aid. Few bilingual staffers who can explain rules or services. Limited opportunities to call or see friends and family. On Tuesday, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra released findings from the first state inspection of California’s immigrant detention centers, designed to provide a deeper look into the conditions inside the system as the Trump administration takes a more aggressive approach to confining people who are in the country illegally. California is one of the first states to examine everyday operations at the facilities.
LEGAL - 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:
LEGAL - Immigration Deportation and Hardship Center
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,
LEGAL - In America, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an Assumption of Permanence
6/19/18 Historically, denaturalization has been an exceedingly rare occurrence, for good reason: by the time a person is naturalized, she has lived in this country for a number of years and has passed the hurdles of obtaining entry, legal permanent residency, and, finally, citizenship. ...the creation of the task force itself is undoing the naturalization of the more than twenty million naturalized citizens in the American population by taking away their assumption of permanence. All of them (all of us) are second-class citizens now.
LEGAL - National Immigration Legal Services Directory
Search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility. Only nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services are included in this directory.
LEGAL - U.S. Legalization and the Unauthorized Immigrant Groups that Could Factor in the Debate
2/1/21 The Biden administration has unveiled a framework for a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, urging Congress to take up legalization. This Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report provides an analysis of the composition and characteristics of the unauthorized immigrant population in the US today. It also takes stock of the legalization options that exist, particularly amid growing calls to recognize the role immigrants, including the unauthorized, have played in providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic and their outsized vulnerability to the disease. Key Words: Demographics, Undocumented
LEGAL - US Immigration Documents Description
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.
RESOURCE - CA Immigrant Guide
Provides information on resources available to immigrant families, such as testing under Medi-Cal, small business support, including some that are available regardless of immigration status. Additional Information for immigrant communities on Coronavirus and updated Public Charge policies. Ongoing information on available services throughout the state for Immigrants seeking help with English language learning, workforce skill development, naturalization preparation or legal assistance, Key Words: Directory, citizenship, ESL Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin),, Korean, Arabic , Armenian, Farsi, Khmer (Cambodian)
RESOURCE - IRC (International Rescue Committee) in Northern California
IRC staff members and volunteers believe that refugees greatest resources are themselves. We help them translate their skills, interests and past experiences into assets that are valuable in their new communities. IRC Northern California's Emergency Response Fund for new Afghan arrivals 25 offices in the US, including Oakland and San Jose, CA. Multi-lingual: Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Assyrian, Arabic. French, Laotian, Persian, Farsi, Thai, Vietnamese, BIA Accredited., RIF, Key Words: SCC Language Bank
RESOURCE - Informed Immigrant
Directory of over 1,200 trusted non-profits, clinics, and immigrant-serving organizations that are able to connect with you directly in your community. Enter your zip code.and find free or low cost help in the following areas: Legal Help, Healthcare Access, Mental Health Support, Financial Assistance or employment support, Community Action & Organizing: local, regional, and national organizations coordinating many efforts of the immigrant community to advocate for their rights | Spanish |
RESOURCE - ORAM - Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration
Founded in 2008, ORAM specializes in the protection of exceptionally vulnerable refugees, including LGBTIQ refugees. ORAM's free professional training, toolkit, materials and direct refugee assistance, enable the international community to protect exceptionally vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and safeguards the integrity of the international refugee protection system. Key Words: Gay, Transgender, Lesbian. Multi-language information and materials can be ordered or downloaded. Arabic | Farsi | French | Russian | Spanish | Turkish |
RESOURCE - One Nation Coalition of AAPI Service Providers
National coalition of Asian American Pacific Islander service providers and advocacy groups. Public Charge FAQ Updates Multi-language: English, Chinese, Khmer, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Tagalog
RESOURCE - Santa Clara County Free & Low Cost Immigration Legal Assistance
SCC invests in immigration legal services with local accredited agencies to provide free and low cost assistance with immigration legal issues. Key Words family visa petition, employment authorizations, removal of conditional status; assisting immigrants to obtain permanent residency under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); helping victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking to obtain work authorization, permanent residency leading to path to citizenship, DACA, deportation defense, unaccompanied minors, etc. OIR Asian Law Alliance | Catholic Charities | CET | PARS Equality Center
RESOURCE - Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees
2012 The Welcome set is comprised of two COR Center resources: Welcome to the US: A Guidebook for Refugees and its complementary DVD, Welcome to the United States: Refugee Guide to Resettlement. These resources, developed at the request of the Department of State, Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), are designed to support overseas Cultural Orientation, as well as for use in initial domestic orientation or by refugees directly. Multi-language: English, Arabic, Burmese, Farsi, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Somali, Swahili
TRANSLATION - Migration Policy Institute's Language Portal
MPI's Language Portal is a digital library of translation and interpretation information, offering one-stop access to thousands of state and local agency documents including contracts, planning reports, and translated material used to provide services to LEP individuals. Use the database to find resources by state, language, document type, area of service, and more. Multi-language Key Words: Interpret
USCIS - Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services: Case Status
In 2017 the BCIS (Formerly INS) opened Case Status online letting customers with applications at a BCIS Service Center conveniently check the status of their case over the internet. As a next step in improving service customers can also call 1-800-375-5283 toll-free for automated case status assistance on Service Center filed cases. Spanish
USCIS - Countries Eligible for 2021 H-2A and H-2B Visa Program
1/11/21 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), have announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in 2021. The notice listing the eligible countries will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 13, 2021. Key Words: Employment,
USCIS - USCIS Upends the Lives of Immigrants by Refusing to Print Their Work Permits and Green Cards
8/3/20 On August 3, 2020, a federal court in Ohio granted a temporary restraining order requiring USCIS to print a work permit within 7 days for all individuals who had been approved for one. The USCIS recently cut production of these documents after its contract ended with a third-party printing company. Reports indicate that 50,000 green cards and 75,000 work permits have not been printed. The agency said it planned to manage the production of these documents in-house, but that its ability to do so is limited due to budgetary constraints. Key Words: Employment
USCIS Multi-language Citizenship and Immigration Information
This page offers information in several languages on a variety of topics such as citizenship, Green Cards, employee verification, biometrics, how to report fraud and avoid immigration scams, and humanitarian programs. Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Chamorro, Chinese, French, German, Haiti Creole, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Palauan, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese
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,
IMMIGRANTS - Data and Analysis Related to Trump Administration Actions on Immigrant and Refugee Policy
8/1/20 Since entering office, the Trump administration has proposed or implemented policies on a wide range of immigration issues, touching on everything from asylum to deportation policy, refugee resettlement, and admissions from certain majority-Muslim countries. These MPI research and data resources offer context to policy changes achieved and proposed, as well as the populations they affect. For a record of immigration developments since the Trump administration began, check out this resource: Dismantling and Reconstructing the U.S. Immigration System: A Catalog of Changes under the Trump Presidency.
LEGAL - New Americans Campaign (NAC)
The New Americans Campaign is a nonpartisan, national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders. We are streamlining access to naturalization services, so that greater numbers of qualified permanent residents take the critical step to becoming American citizens. The campaign is focused on assisting the 8 million lawful permanent residents who already qualify for citizenship.
RESOURCE - Citizenship Works
Citizenshipworks provides free on-line assistance that helps you become a U.S. citizen, step-by-step. Citizenshipworks is a collaboration between the Immigration Advocates Network, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Pro Bono Net. We aim to make the immigration system accessible everyone through user-friendly technology, plain language legal information, and a national network of nonprofit immigration service providers. Multi-language: Spanish | Chinese |
CHILDREN - 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,
IMMIGRANTS - The Impact of COVID-19 on Noncitizens and Across the U.S. Immigration System
5/20 This report from the American Immigration Council, seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19-related disruptions throughout the immigration system and identifies recommendations for adjustments and improvements to the federal response. Given that the landscape of immigration policy is changing rapidly in the face of the pandemic, this report will be updated as needed. Key Words: Coronavirus, detention, deportation,
IMMIGRANTS - 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:
LEGAL - Immigrationlawhelp.org
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USCIS - Welcome to the United States - Updated 2017
5/23/17. USCIS has updated the publication, Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. Available in 14 languages: | English | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | French | Haitian Creole | Korean | Portuguese | Russian | Somali | Tagalog | Urdu | Vietnamese |