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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Political Asylum and Refugee Status issues in Pennsylvania.

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ImmigrationLawHelp.org - Pennsylvania Organizations

List of organizations in Pennsylvania from ImmigrationLawHelp.org offering assistance, counseling or representation in immigration issues.

Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and the Convention Against Torture

Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture are three forms of relief from removal or deportation for people who are afraid to return to their home countries. This resource provides information on these forms of relief their different requirements and benefits.

Humanitarian Benefits Based Forms

This is a list of Humanitarian Benefits Based forms from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS forms are always FREE to download on this site, or order by mail or phone at 1-800-870-3676.

Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and the Convention Against Torture

Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture are three forms of relief from removal or deportation for people who are afraid to return to their home countries. This resource provides information on these forms of relief their different requirements and benefits.

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

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.

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.

Green Card Based Forms

Link to "All Forms" page from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Filter by Category to list "Green Card-Based Forms". USCIS forms are always FREE to download on this site, or order by mail or phone at 1-800-870-3676.USCIS forms are always FREE to download on this site, or order by mail or phone at 1-800-870-3676.

Immigration Forms and Fees

Downloadable Immigration Forms from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Paying USCIS Filing Fees

Information on how you pay the filing fees (including biometrics and other fees) that are required to file many forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This will depend on whether you are inside or outside of the United States.

Asylum

Information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website regarding the process of applying for asylum. Includes links to forms and local low-cost immigration legal services providers.

Family of Refugees & Asylees

If you entered the United States as a refugee within the past 2 years or were granted asylee status within the past 2 years, you may petition for certain family members to obtain derivative refugee or asylee status. Here is information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on when and how to do this.

How Do I Help My Relative Get Refugee or Asylee Status?

Information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on how you may be able to help your relative obtain asylee or refugee status if you are currently in refugee or asylee status. [PDF] (October 2013)

Refugees

Information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website outlining the process of applying for refugee status outside the US. Includes links to forms and local low-cost immigration legal services providers.

Questions and Answers: Victims of Human Trafficking, T Nonimmigrant Status

T nonimmigrant status (T visa) is available to noncitizens who are or have been victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons and assist law enforcement in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of acts of trafficking.  This provides Questions and Answers pertaining to T nonimmigrant status from the 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.

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.”

Green Card for Refugees

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

Temporary Protected Status

Questions and answers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Includes a list of eligible countries and links to forms and local low-cost immigration legal services providers.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services YouTube Channel

This is the official channel of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on YouTube. It contains an extensive collection of videos on Citizenship and Naturalization; E-Verify; Avoiding Immigration Fraud; and Human Trafficking Awareness.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fact Sheets

Listing of Fact Sheets available from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Enforcement and Removal, Homeland Security Investigations and Management and Administration.

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.

immi Learning Center

The immi learning center is your resource for learning about U.S. immigration and how to stay in the U.S. legally. Browse the glossary for basic terms and concepts. Or read more detail about common ways to stay in the U.S.

immi - Search for Legal Help

Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options. Our online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are always free to use. Immi works with legal aid organizations across the U.S. to connect immigrants to legal help. Enter your address or zip code to see a list of organizations in your area.

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.

Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and the Convention Against Torture

Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture are three forms of relief from removal or deportation for people who are afraid to return to their home countries. This resource provides information on these forms of relief their different requirements and benefits.

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.

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