Immigrants must be aware of immigration scams

  “If you pay this fee, you’re guaranteed a place in the Diversity Immigrant Visa program!”  “You can have this form for $20.”  “Under DACA, you’re eligible for these services.”  “If you don’t pay $300 immediately, you will be deported.” Don’t be fooled by immigration scams! Immigration laws are complicated, so it’s no surprise there’s … Read moreImmigrants must be aware of immigration scams

What immigrants in New York can do to stay safe in the era of Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to deport up to 3 million immigrants once he is in office. This is a scary time to be an immigrant in the United States, but you do not need to sit by and watch. There are a number of things you can do to better protect yourself and your … Read moreWhat immigrants in New York can do to stay safe in the era of Trump

Legal Aid and others provide representation for detained immigrants

Currently, there is no right to legal counsel for immigrants, including people seeking asylum and families with children and those who cannot afford an attorney find themselves navigating the court system alone. In response, The Legal Aid Society and our legal services partners formed the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), an innovative project … Read moreLegal Aid and others provide representation for detained immigrants

What is DAPA?

What is DAPA?

iAmerica provides a brief overview in this short video:

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Deferred Action is a federal government program that provides temporary protection from deportation. Deferred Action also allows you to apply for a Social Security number, work authorization, and special permission to allow travel to and from the United States.

Deferred Action is not a permanent immigration status. It is not a green card or a path to citizenship. People who get Deferred Action cannot apply for federally funded public benefits, such as food stamps, housing subsidies, Affordable Care Act health insurance premium subsidies, or student financial aid.

The DAPA Story: A Legal Battle   The 5th Circuit Court has not ruled on president’s immigration initiatives DAPA and expanded DACA. If they don’t rule before Nov. 1st, it will be really hard for this case to go the Supreme Court before the end of 2016, meaning the hopes and dreams of millions of families will be put on hold. #DAPAstory

– iAmerica


For additional information on DAPA/DACA visit the National Immigrant Justice Center review the resources LawHelpNY has curated.

Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nepal

This post was originally featured on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months based on the conditions resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks. As … Read moreTemporary Protected Status Designation for Nepal

Immigrants Safer from Fraud

Last week Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the formation of a new joint task force to target those who prey on immigrants. “Our joint city-state anti-fraud task force will stop fraudsters in their tracks and provide a safe place for immigrant fraud victims to come forward,” said Mayor de … Read moreImmigrants Safer from Fraud

Have immigration questions? New hotline can help

New Yorkers with an immigration question can call the New York State New Americans Hotline, 1-800-566-7636, for general information and referrals on immigration and naturalization questions.   New York State has the second largest immigrant population in the nation, which includes more than 1.2 million immigrants who reside outside the New York City area. New Yorkers … Read moreHave immigration questions? New hotline can help

New program pays for cost of DACA application

Earlier this year, the NYC nonprofit The Door announced a new DACA initiative.   Through a special grant from the New York City government, they are now able to provide free legal services for DACA for immigrant youth between 15 and 24 years old.  They are also able cover the application cost ($465!) for clients … Read moreNew program pays for cost of DACA application