On October 21, 2017, IASC celebrated its free citizenship clinic with great success. The Citizenship Clinic consists of volunteers, partners, and lawyers who help people with permanent residency apply for citizenship. Most of these people receive help with forms N-400 and I-912. Thanks to the help of our volunteers the process that is very complicated was less for our customers. The help of our partners and lawyers also allowed the process to be less rigorous. Without the professional help of these people, the work of IASC would not be possible. Finally, we want to extend our gratitude to all who were part of this event that makes it possible to help our immigrant community.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allow certain spouses, children, and parents of abusive U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of abusive permanent residents to petition for citizenship without their abuser’s knowledge. These provisions provide a safe avenue for victims, both men and women, to petition on their own behalf.
The VAWA petitioner must submit form I-360, and submit all necessary supporting documentation. Documents required involve proof of relationship and proof of citizenship of the abuser, including birth certificates, passports, or other citizenship documents. This process can be completed with the help of an immigration organization, such as the Immigration Advocacy and Support Center. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website also provides detailed instructions and information about the process and VAWA itself. If VAWA seems like a viable option for you, please browse the resources listed below.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides information, crisis intervention, and referrals to local service providers, including legal assistance organizations, to victims of domestic violence or anyone calling on their behalf at 1-800-799-7233. For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing) call: 1-800-787-3224. The Hotline services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free from anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. The staff and volunteers speak both English and Spanish and have access to translators in 139 languages.
As many know on Sept. 5 the Trump Administration announced the end of DACA, a program that permits young undocumented immigrants from deportation such as granting them work permits and a Social Security Number. Due to the halt on DACA no new initial applications are being accepted at this time. Most DREAMers with DACA have to renew their status every two years. Now with the Trump Administration ending DACA it is important that those eligible for renewal act now before the deadline on Oct 5, 2017. Any current DACA recipient whose legal status is set to expire on March 5, 2018 can still apply for renewal before the deadline. It is urgent that DACA recipients who have legal statues ending soon apply for renewal before it is too late. Below are a few websites to help DACA recipients.
- Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Use the most recent version of Form I-821D USCIS website or USCIS will reject your form.
2. Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Follow the instructions on all three forms to submit them to USCIS. Make sure you submit the correct fees.
The Trump administration has set forth new provisions for the “extreme vetting” of visa applicants by requesting five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses, and phone numbers on visa applications. The questions are voluntary and not required for admission into the United States. However, omitting such information could lead to delays or even prevent the processing of applications. In addition, 15 years of biographical information such as addresses, employment and travel history is requested.