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This section of PALawHelp.org has resources and General Information for Immigrants in Pennsylvania.

  • Access to Justice: Do you need an interpreter for a legal matter?

    Going to court can be stressful and confusing, especially if you do not speak English fluently. You have the right to participate in a legal case involving you, even if you speak little English or no English. Pennsylvania law says that you have the right to a free, trained interpreter who speaks your language and English well in court and administrative proceedings. The interpreter can help you communicate and understand the events of the proceeding. This way you can better defend your rights. Read More

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    Justice At Work
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Chinese (Traditional) / 中文
  • Do You Need a Court Interpreter? (Video)

    This video from the PA Courts explains how to request a court interpreter; what to expect; how to communicate with court staff outside the courtroom; and who is qualified to be a court interpreter. Read More

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Beware of Dishonest Immigration Consultants [PDF]

    Brochure from the National Consumer Law Center discussing how to look out for dishonest immigration consultants. [PDF] Content Detail

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    National Consumer Law Center
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    Spanish / Español
    Korean / 한국어
    Russian / Pусский
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Chinese (Traditional) / 中文
  • Case Status Service on Line

    This website from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows you to check the status of BCIS applications for which a receipt letter (Form I797) was issued. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • Clean Slate and Immigration

    Information on the effect of the Clean Slate Law, allowing the automatic sealing of certain criminal records, on the immigration process. Content Detail

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    MyCleanSlatePA.com
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Fact Sheets

    Fact Sheets from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) whose primary mission is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. Content Detail

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    Department of Justice
  • File My Application Online (E-Filing)

    This is a location where you can file certain application documents online with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Submitting your application online provides you with several benefits. Get helpful instructions and tips from USCIS as you complete your form using the secure online filing system, avoid common mistakes, and pay your fees online. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Find Legal Help for Unaccompanied Minors in Immigration

    The Unaccompanied Children Resource Center maintains a directory of free and low-cost immigration legal services providers that can be searched by state, county or zip code, as well as information about what happens in immigration court and information on requirements to secure status in certain special circumstances. Content Detail

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    Unaccompanied Children Resource Center
  • Forms Updates

    This page from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services lists updates to USCIS forms as they are published, along with a brief explanation of the nature of the update. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Green Card Eligibility Categories

    In order to apply for a Green Card, you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on this page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Green Card for Asylees

    U.S. immigration law allows asylees to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status after they have been physically present in the U.S. for at least one year since being granted asylum. This page provides specific information for asylees in the United States who want to become LPRs (get a Green Card). This is called “adjustment of status.” Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Green Card for Employment-Based Immigrants

    You may be eligible to become a permanent resident based on an offer of permanent employment in the United States. This provides information and directions from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about the steps to apply for lawful permanent residence or "green card" through a job or offer of employment. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • "How Do I" Immigration Guides

    The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) has created a series of documents that they call "How Do I...?s" These documents cover a wide variety of topics on immigration matters and are meant to assist you in finding the information you need about a particular immigration and asylum subject. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • How to defend your own case/Como defender su propio caso

    These self-help materials are designed for detainees to use in representing themselves when applying for some common forms of legal relief from removal. Please note they are written for detainees in Arizona and most were last updated in 2013, with support from the American College of Trial Lawyers Emil Gumpert Award. These publications are meant to provide useful basic information about immigration law and detention in removal in Arizona and were created in the course of the Florence Project’s work. Under no circumstances do they constitute legal advice. Content Detail

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    Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
  • immi

    Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options. The 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. Content Detail

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    Immigration Advocates Network
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    Spanish / Español
  • Immigrant Eligibility for Disaster Assistance

    Information on disaster relief services provided for families with members who are not U.S. citizens. It also applies to agencies that help immigrant families affected by a disaster. (June 2007) Content Detail

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    National Immigration Law Project