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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.

GOVERNMENT - ILRC Public Charge Safe to Use List
This is a list of public benefits programs that do NOT trigger public charge and are safe to use. Whether or not public charge applies to you, the programs on this list are safe to use regardless of immigration status: Spanish To figure out whether public charge even applies to you, meet with a trusted immigration legal service provider. , Free or low-cost immigration help
GOVERNMENT - The importance of race, gender, and religion in naturalization adjudication in the US
3/1/22 This study examines group disparities in naturalization approvals by race/ethnicity, gender, and religion. We find that all else being equal, non-White applicants and Hispanic applicants are less likely to be approved than non-Hispanic White applicants, male applicants are less likely to be approved than female applicants, and applicants from Muslim-majority countries are less likely to be approved than applicants from other countries. In addition, we find that race/ethnicity, gender, and religion combine to produce a certain group hierarchy in terms of approval probabilities. For example, Blacks from Muslim-majority countries are much less likely to be approved than Whites from other countries. These findings underscore the continuing importance of race, gender, and religion in the making of US citizens.
IMMIGRANTS - 7 Immigration Myths We Must Unlearn to Reclaim Our Humanity
Our immigration system is broken and cruel. Trump was enabled in turning the cruelty up to 11 by an infrastructure he inherited. It must be reengineered before another madman is allowed to hack American ideals to that extent again. But fixing it demands that we examine " then toss into the ash heap of history " the myths on which our archaic, even barbaric, immigration apparatus rests.
IMMIGRANTS - Virtual Afghan Placement and Assistance (VAPA) Program
5/22 The VAPA Program aims to support Afghans who independently departed safe havens and have not been able to enroll for services at a local affiliate. VAPA provides immediate virtual services through a remote call center. Multi-language: Flyer in English, Dari, and Pashto
LEGAL - Keep Your Benefits (2/24/22 Public Charge Update)
2/24/22 Update - * NEW PROPOSED PUBLIC CHARGE RULE: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS/Immigration) has proposed a new rule.* The rule clarifies that immigrants will not be penalized for receiving most health care, food, and social programs. 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 - Path to Permanent Residency for TPS Beneficiaries Restored
On March 21, 2022 USCIS agreed to restore a path to permanent residency for Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries. Because of this settlement, TPS beneficiaries impacted by then-Acting Director Cuccinelli's policy will be able to reopen and dismiss their removal orders and apply to adjust their status to become permanent residents"eliminating the threat of deportation if their TPS protections are revoked in the future. Multi-language: Spanish
LEGAL - Pathways to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants
2021 According to FWD.us estimates, undocumented immigrants belong to groups the U.S. public overwhelmingly supports being granted U.S. citizenship. With undocumented immigrants already filling substantial shares of critical occupations, America's workforce will need undocumented immigrants to gain U.S. citizenship for a strong, post COVID-19 economy. Congress has no time to waste in building America back better.
RESOURCE - Ukraine Community Resources
3/11/22 The City of San José is closely monitoring the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and proudly stands in solidarity with Ukraine and our Ukrainian community in this extraordinarily challenging time. We are ready to support our community now and long into the future. We will continue to share resources and information as it becomes available both on this page and on our social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Facebook Twitter Instagram SJ Ukranian Resources Bay Area Ukrainian Resources Keu Words: TPS, Temporary Protected Status
USCIS - New immigration policy could help some undocumented veterans seek naturalization
11/17/21 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office has issued a new written guidance expanding the eligibility for citizenship of former U.S. armed forces veterans facing deportation, as well as hundreds who were already removed from the country. non-U.S. veterans can qualify for citizenship if they served during wartime, or what is known legally as a ' Designated Period of Hostility', such as the Korean or Vietnam wars, the Persian Gulf conflict and the ongoing war on terrorism after September 11, 2001. Multi-language: Spanish
EMPLOYMENT - Employment-Based Visa Categories in the United States
7/8/21 One of the key principles guiding the U.S. immigration system has been admitting foreign workers with skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy. Current U.S. immigration law provides several paths for foreign workers to enter the United States for employment purposes on a temporary or permanent basis. This fact sheet provides basic information about how the employment-based U.S. immigration system works.
IMMIGRANTS - SAVE Fact Sheet - Information for SAVE Users: Afghan Arrival Categories, Documentation, and SAVE Responses
4/3/22 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is leading and coordinating ongoing efforts across the federal government to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside us in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the United States. These Afghan arrivals generally fall within one of four categories that are eligible for resettlement assistance, entitlement programs, and other benefits available to refugees admitted under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
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 - FACT SHEET: The Biden Administration Blueprint for a Fair, Orderly and Humane Immigration System
7/27/21 Today the Administration is releasing a blueprint that outlines the next steps Federal agencies will be taking to continue implementing the President's transformative vision for a 21st century immigration system that secures the border, fairly and efficiently considers asylum claims, strengthens regional migration management efforts in North and Central America, and addresses the root causes of migration from Central America. Success in building this fair, orderly, and humane immigration system won't be achieved overnight, especially after the prior Administration's irrational and inhumane policies, but this Administration has a blueprint to get there and is making real progress.
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 - 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.
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: Arabic | Chinese | Haitian Creole | Spanish | Vietnamese | Korean | Tagalog | French |
LEGAL - SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Biden's Bid to Rescind 'Remain in Mexico' Policy
2/18/22 The Supreme Court will hear a proposal by the Biden administration to rescind a controversial Trump-era immigration policy. Despite the official end of the policy in June 2021, Remain in Mexico was ordered to reinstate the policy by a federal judge in Texas in August 2021. It came after Texas and Missouri filed suit against the Biden administration for its removal, saying that it was improperly terminated. A week after the order, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to restart the program. Since the policy's restart, 572 people have been deported to Mexico from the United States.
LEGAL - United We Dream DACA Renewal Assistance
Numerous organizations across the country are providing DACA assistance. Please find that list below and reach out to them for support. If you're state is not listed below, you may seek other resources and notifications of UWD's DACA Application fund | *If there is not a local partner listed in your geography check out Immi legal services search engine | or the National Immigration Legal Services Directory | Guidance for DACA Recipients and Legal Practitioners |
LEGAL - Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
On July 16, 2021, a Texas judge issued a ruling partially ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While USCIS can accept first-time applications, this decision prevents USCIS from approving or processing them. Therefore, if you choose to submit a first-time application, you will not get a response on this application or be refunded for the $495 application fee. You should consult with an accredited representative or lawyer if you have additional questions about submitting a first-time application.
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.
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
GOVERNMENT - 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 - 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,
LEGAL - Asian Law Alliance (ALA)
All intakes are being conducted remotely at this time, we are currently not accepting walk-ins. 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 - Bay Area Legal Aid
COVID-19 Update: BAYLEGAL is still helping through remote service with Phased Return to In-Person Office Hours Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | 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
LEGAL - Center for Employment Training (CET) Immigration Service
Services continue to be provided by telephone only. 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 - 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
LEGAL - IRC (International Rescue Committee) - San Jose
Providing resettlement services for Afghan Refugees, 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 - Immigration Services of Mt. View
ISMV is a small non-profit organization, providing low cost services focused on family-based immigration law with an emphasis on helping victims of domestic violence or other serious crime and students who dream of legalizing their status in the US. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Women, Education, DACA, DAPA. SCC OIR List
LEGAL - La Raza Centro Legal
A nonprofit organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Latinos. Site features information on Resources in Immigration Law, Housing Law, Senior Law and Workers Rights, Member of e-immigrate.us Office in San Francisco serving Bay Area Spanish
LEGAL - National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Public Education materials in several languages regarding Public Charge, Immigrant eligibility for Federal and CA State Food Stamps, CalWORKS, Know your rights with Law Enforcement and Immigration, disaster relief, and more. Offices in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Berkley. Multi-language Materials Key Words KYR
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. Multi-language: Spanish | Key Words: Gay Lesbian, Homosexual,
LEGAL - PARS Equality Center
Afghan Refugee Update - Use this form to request a consultation for legal assistance: Pars Equality Center Legal Assistance for Afghan Refugees If you have a family member who needs assistance in Afghanistan, use this form to request help for someone in Afghanistan Legal assistance for individuals in Afghanistan Please contact our Immigration Services by calling 408-261-6405 (San Jose Office) or emailing immigration@parsequalitycenter.org. You will be given instructions within 24-48 business hours to secure a consultation. Key Words: Iranian, Persian, refugees, asylees, Member of SCC Refugee and Immigrant Forum (RIF) Multi-Language: Armenian, Assyrian, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Pashto, Spanish Key Words: RIF
LEGAL - Pangea Legal Services
The AFGHAN RESOURCES PROJECT is matching hundreds of volunteer attorneys with thousands of Afghans seeking to file humanitarian parole applications to be reunited with their community in the U.S. Welcoming donations. and volunteers . 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: Multi-Language: Spanish, English, Farsi, French, German, Persian, Portuguese Offices in Milpitas and San Francisco
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 - Tahirih Justice Center
Services for women: Immigration legal support for survivors of gender based violence including U-visa, human trafficking, asylum, VAWA, forced marriage and SIJS cases; social services and case management. 9/21 Tahirih's Afghan Asylum Project was launched to support Afghan citizens who recently arrived in the United States. Our dedicated, toll-free helpline will connect Afghans seeking assistance with information, resources, and local organizations who are providing on-the-ground support. In addition, trauma-informed Tahirih staff will be conducting legal screenings with anyone presenting gender-based asylum claims for potential legal representation by Tahirih staff and pro bono network. TAHIRIH'S AFGHAN ASYLUM LINE: 888-991-0852 Languages: Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Spanish, Vietnamese, French voice line for other spoken languages. Offices in San Bruno, CA, Houston, Atlanta, Washington DC and Baltimore. Consultations by phone only
LEGAL - Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
USCIS Updates on Countries Currently Designated for TPS
RESEARCH - Understanding Refugee Upward Mobility in the Context of Resettlement
4/2016 A 2.5 year study on refugee integration and the obstacles to self-sufficiency. The data suggests that without additional support including intensive and intentional ESL, affordable housing, skill training, or opportunities to capitalize on preexisting skills, it can take 13-15 years to reach living-wages. Moreover, these refugees often have to supplement their income with long periods of government financial support or engage in negative and potentially dangerous strategies in order to get by.
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 Resources for Newcomers to America
USAHello is a free online center for information and education for refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and welcoming communities. In the USAHello classroom, we offer our GED classes in English and in manually translated Spanish. Our Citizenship class is in manually translated Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese and Swahili. The classroom is also automatically translated into several other languages to help newcomers study and learn English at the same time.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, Language Access
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 - 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
USCIS - 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, Backlog,
USCIS - 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
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.
EDUCATION - 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 - Neither Safety nor Health - How Title 42 Expulsions Harm Health and Violate Rights
7/21 Report from Physicians for Human Rights - Toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Trump administration overrode the objections of public health experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and compelled them to issue an order under Title 42 that closed the border to migrants and asylum seekers. The government used public health as a pretext to summarily expel children and adults seeking refuge at the U.S. border more than 980,000 times, while at the same time allowing other types of travelers to continue to cross the border with no testing or quarantine requirements.
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
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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, Language Access
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 - 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,
LEGAL - 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 |
LEGAL - 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.
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.
ADVOCACY - Refugee Council USA
The RCUSA is a coalition of 29 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Key Words: Legal Resources for displaced Afghans seeking humanitarian assistance and guidance
AFGHANISTAN - Free Legal Services for Afghan Refugees in CA
CA DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES IMMIGRATION SERVICES FUNDING FOR AFGHAN POPULATIONS - The CDSS funds qualified nonprofits to provide immigration legal services free of charge. The nonprofits on this list provide services to the Afghan population. For more information on service availability and additional service locations, please contact the organization directly. Multi-language: Pashto, Dari, Farsi
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,
COMMUNICATION - REFUGEE COMMUNICATIONS TOOLKIT
This toolkit describes CORE's Refugee Communications Initiative and provides guidance on using the tools CORE has developed to enhance your organization's communication with refugees about the resettlement process and CO. Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
DEMOGRAPHICS - More than 10 million US citizens live with an undocumented immigrant
9/10/21 Analysis: - More than 10 million U.S. citizens share a household with an undocumented immigrant, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by immigration advocacy group FWD.us. Nearly half of those U.S. citizens, 4.9 million, are children who have at least one undocumented parent. The report shows the extent to which undocumented immigrants are integrated in their communities, with 22 million people living in mixed status households.
FINANCE - Solo Solidarity Fund
You may receive $500 if you: **live in Santa Clara County ** are affected financially by COVID-19 ** are an undocumented immigrant in deportation proceedings or have an immediate family member detained by DHS or ICE. Call 408-770-6202 Endorsed by the SCC Rapid Response Network
IMMIGRANTS - THE LONG TAIL OF AFGHAN RELOCATION AND RESETTLEMENT: Achievements, Obstacles, and Opportunities
4/22 REPORT TO THE OPERATION ALLIES WELCOME UNIFIED COORDINATION GROUP - Short-sightedness in identifying preferred relocation and resettlement solutions has come at the expense of devising sustainable, long-term strategies. Every step of the way, Afghans in the US have been met by agencies trying to address their needs while dealing with staffing and funding shortfalls and already full case loads. In addition to strains on the resettlement program, the crisis has also put an enormous strain on legal service providers, who are necessary to implement long-term strategies.
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 - USA Hello
An online center for information and education for refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and welcoming communities. USAHello has free classes in many languages. Our classes prepare you for the GED® tests and for the US citizenship test. Extensive information on Life in America, US Culture, Diversity, Laws, etc.
LEGAL - 287(g) Program Overview
7/21 Section 287(g) of the INA allows the DHS to enter into formal written agreements (Memoranda of Agreement or MOAs) with state or local law enforcement agencies and deputize selected state and local law enforcement officers to perform certain functions of federal immigration agents. The MOAs are negotiated between DHS and the local authorities and include delegation of authority to a limited number of state and local officers. All of this must be done under the supervision of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Deputized officers are required to abide by federal civil rights laws and regulations. In general, deputized officers are authorized to: 287(g) End-of-Year Report
LEGAL - Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC)
FBANC provides mentoring and scholarships for Filipino law students, social events, legal clinics for immigrants, job postings, networking and more for members. FBANC hotline for help completing EDD forms including Unemployment, State Disability and Paid Family Leave (415) 484-2209. Options for Undocumented. Facebook Multi-Language: Tagalog, Spanish, Illocano, Cebuano, Cantonese, Mandarin and Korean, Key Words: Asian, API, Education, Scholarships, Financial Aid, KYR, Know Your Rights, Tenants
LEGAL - Freedom for Immigrants
COVID-19 The Freedom100 Fund maintains a revolving loan fund for immigration court bonds. Each person bonded out is provided with case management support, including housing, connections to attorneys, transportation, and mental health services for the best chance of winning their cases. The Freedom for Immigrants Direct Support Fund provides financial support to people in immigration detention, recently released from detention, and their families. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). Grants of up to $500 to help detainees and their families. The National Detention & Abuse Reporting Hotline at 209-757-3733 or dial 9233 from detention for assistance or to report abuse. Key Words: Legal
LEGAL - Immi.org
Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options. Our online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are always free to use. Immi was created by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income immigrants. Key Words: Directory Multi-language: Spanish
LEGAL - Immigrationlawhelp.org
ImmigrationLawHelp.org is a searchable online directory of over 1,000 free or low-cost non-profit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Only nonprofits that are BIA recognized or have attorneys on staff are included in the directory. Users can search by state, zip code, or detention facility. Users can also refine their search by types and areas of legal assistance provided, populations served, languages spoken, other areas of legal assistance, and non-legal services provided. Developed by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net. Multi-language: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Farsi, Frenc, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spansh, Vietnamese
LEGAL - OVERVIEW OF THE NEW U NONIMMIGRANT (“U VISA”) BONA FIDE DETERMINATION
7/2021 On June 14, 2021, USCIS announced a new "bona fide determination" process whereby certain U petitioners and their family members with pending U petitions can receive four-year work authorization and deferred action while they wait for full adjudication. This process could be very good for many of the 270,000 folks who have filed for a U visa and are waiting - but there are many folks left out, and of course, much of this depends on how the process will be implemented. This practice advisory explains the process as we understand it based on current information and draws heavily on the new guidance published in the USCIS Policy Manual on the U Nonimmigrant Bona Fide Determination at Volume 3, Part C, Chapter 5, 1 which should be consulted for more details and further legal citations.
LEGAL - Special Immigrant Juveniles
If you are in the United States and need the protection of a juvenile court because you have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent, you may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification. If SIJ classification is granted, you may qualify for lawful permanent residency (also known as getting a Green Card). Multi-language: Spanish
LEGAL - Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
Students in the Immigrants' Rights Clinic have full responsibility for defending clients against deportation in San Francisco Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts of appeals. As part of that work, students write complex legal briefs, argue cases, conduct fact investigation, interview witnesses and clients, and represent clients in mini-trials. Students also engage in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy in partnership with local and national immigrants' rights organizations.
MENTAL HEALTH - Maitri Domestic Violence Shelter and Legal Services
Maitri is a free, con?dential, nonpro?t organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area that primarily helps families and individuals from South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, or family con?ict. Maitri facilities remain closed until further notice. However, our live helpline is open from Mon to Fri (9 am to 3 pm) with voicemails checked outside of those hours. Phone 1-888-8-MAITRI or (1-888-862-4874) Multi-language: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Marathi, Marwari, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, & Urdu. If you are a victim of domestic violence and are currently in danger,or threatened with homelessness, or need other services due to the impact of the current pandemic situation, please call our Maitri helpline. We may be able to help connect you with internal or external resources. Maitri also provides assistance to South Asian survivors of domestic violence with the following services: Immigration Information/ Referral, VAWA Self Petition, U Visa/T Visa Application, Removal of Conditions on Green Card, Citizenship Application. BIA Accredited Non-Profit Legal.
RESOURCE - Choosing My Way video game
Choosing My Way is a video game where players decide how to respond to opportunities and challenges after refugee resettlement in the US. Players choose goals, collect resources, and respond to situations. The goals and situations change every time, so the game is never the same. Key Words: Refugee
RESOURCE - Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley (JFSSV)
JFS SV is a non-profit agency that provides quality social, vocational, senior, counseling, refugee resettlement, immigration and citizenship services. Clients are served without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or ability to pay. Vocaational ESL classes and multi-language services are available in: Assyrian, Farsi, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukranian. Member RIF, Refugee & Immigrant Forum Key Words: Ethnic, immigrant integration, Afghan
RESOURCE - 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, Offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Multi-language: Arabic , Farsi , Somali , Urdu
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 |