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

  • 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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  • ImmigrationLawHelp.org - Pennsylvania Organizations

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

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    ImmigrationLawHelp.org
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Immigration Advocates Network
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Immigration Advocates Network
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 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] Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Self Help Asylum Guide: Seeking Protection in the United States

    Penn State Law in University Park Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (CIRC), in collaboration with the University of Maine School of Law Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, and Thrive International Programs, has published this guide for the purpose of providing step-by-step instructions to assist individuals seeking asylum, withholding of removal, or Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) protection without the assistance of an attorney in the United States. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish. Content Detail

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    Penn State Law
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    Spanish / Español
    French / Français
  • 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
  • Questions and Answers: Victims of Human Trafficking, T Nonimmigrant Status

    T Nonimmigrant Status (T Visa) is set aside for those who are or have been victims of human trafficking and are willing to assist law enforcement in the 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • File My Application Online (E-Filing)

    This is a location where you can file certain documents online with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. By filing online you can submit and view certain benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 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 Based Forms

    List of Green Card Based forms from 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services