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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Visa Processing issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Battered Spouse, Children & Parents - Immigrant Visa Petitions

    Information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about immigrant visa petitions under the Violence against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA allows certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (Green Card holders) to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser's knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 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 / 中文
  • Check Filing Fees

    Information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on fees required to file a variety of USCIS forms. 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
  • Green Card Through a Job

    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
  • Green Card Through Family

    Information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding the family-based petitioning process. Includes additional links to information and forms. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Green Card Through Refugee or Asylee Status

    Information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on obtaining a "green card" if you were admitted to the United States as a refugee or as a qualifying family member of an asylee. Content Detail

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • 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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  • Immigration Forms and Fees

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

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • ImmigrationLawHelp.org - Pennsylvania Organizations

    List of organizations 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
  • Information for Pro Se Litigants

    These self-help materials from the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project are designed for detainees to use in representing themselves when applying for some common forms of legal relief from removal. These materials are written for detainees in Arizona and were last updated in 2007. Note: 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