Asylum, Refugee, and Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ)

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

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This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

The National Asylee Information and Referral Line

Use your application receipt number to check your case status online.

You could stay in the U.S. for protection from persecution.

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A refugee is someone of special humanitarian concern and who demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, or political opinion.

Download your immigration forms online.

Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, USCIS established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types.

You may file an appeal on some unfavorable decisions to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Answers to your questions about the asylum process.

When you fear you may be harmed due to your gender.

This handbook is intended for use by pro bono attorneys and immigration attorneys working on LGBTQ/HIV asylum cases. The handbook is not intended as legal advice and is not meant to be used by unrepresented asylum seekers to prepare their own applications.

Options for DACA holders whose driver’s licenses expire when their DACA expires

USCIS announced that it would resume accepting DACA renewal applications beginning January 13, 2018. Here's what you need to know and how you can get legal assistance and help with the application fee if you are eligible to renew.

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. You can also call the state hotline 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD).

By filing online you can submit and view certain benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates.

Field Offices handle scheduled interviews on non-asylum related applications.

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If you were admitted as a refugee, you are required by law to apply for a Green Card (permanent residence) in the United States 1 year after being admitted as a refugee.

You are not required to apply for a green card; however, it may be in your best interest to do so.

This guide will give you the basics about these laws and explain how your might be able to use these laws to stop your deportation. We"ll also talk about how to apply and what kind of evidence you need for a strong case.

The Attorney General's guide on avoiding scams targeting immigrants and their families in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

Everyone inside the U.S. has certain legal rights, regardless of your immigration status.

Local police can't hold you to be taken to immigration custody.

Immigration Equality's expert legal staff prepared and is proud to share this legal library so that LGBTQ immigrants, their loved ones and their representatives can find the accurate and relevant legal information they need.

There are many ways in which your immigration status - whether you"re a green card holder or undocumented - can impact your ability to get a job, go to college, or even remain in the United States.

On January 9, 2018, a federal court ruled that while a lawsuit decides whether the termination of DACA was unlawful, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must continue to accept renewal applications. Below is guidance on who is eligible to apply at this time. Please note, as the lawsuit moves forward, this advice may change.

On January 9, 2018, a federal court ruled that while a lawsuit decides whether the termination of DACA was unlawful, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must continue to accept renewal applications. Below is guidance on who is eligible to apply at this time. Please note, as the lawsuit moves forward, this advice may change.

The purpose of the SIJ program is to help foreign children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.

USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries who are already in the United States due temporary conditions such as: ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war), an environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic.

Form fees, eligibility requirements, fee waiver eligibility, required documents, and mailing addresses vary depending on the form you are filing and why you are filing.

Check out these frequently asked questions to find your answer about TPS for Haitians.

The T Nonimmigrant Status (T visa) is a set aside for those who are or have been victims of human trafficking, protects victims of human trafficking and allows victims to remain in the United States to assist in an investigation or prosecution of human trafficking.

If you have recently come to the United States without permission and are afraid to return to your home country, you may be in the "credible fear" process.

To legally hire any employee in the United States, an employer must be able to verify that the applicant is eligible to work in the United States. You must prove that you are eligible to work. Employers are required to complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to record verification that you showed the employer documents that prove you are authorized to work in the United States.