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.

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.

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

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

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Answers to your questions about the asylum process.

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.

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

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

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A comprehensive resource on how ICE raids work, your rights, and what you and your community can do to stop criminalization and deportation.

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

The National Asylee Information and Referral Line

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.