The United States provides many types of humanitarian relief for individuals who are in danger of facing domestic violence, persecution, natural disasters, or other threats to their health and safety while navigating the immigration system. Many of the individuals who emigrate to the United States come here to get away from dangerous situations in their origin countries and often, these individuals need additional protections and accommodations in the United States.
Learn about these protections and accommodations from an experienced immigration lawyer. As an immigrant, you have rights in the United States and your lawyer can help you exercise them.
Getting the Humanitarian Aid you Need
A few of the ways the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides humanitarian aid to immigrants and lawful permanent residents are:
- Waiving fees for certain immigration processes
- Replacing immigration documents like green cards and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
- Extending the deadline for an individual’s visa or changing his or her status if he or she is unable to meet a deadline due to a disaster
- Providing asylum for refugees
- Providing special protections, such as status adjustments and temporary travel authorizations, for Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJs)
- Reinstatement of family petitions in situations where the petitioning family member dies
- Special parole programs for individuals emigrating from specific nations
- Benefits under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Deferred enforced departure for eligible individuals
You should not live in fear of being taken outside the United States against your will or denied the opportunity to become a citizen if you are otherwise eligible to become one. You also should not live in fear of facing violence from a spouse or another family member in the United States or abroad. If you feel you are in immediate danger, contact your local police or the USCIS immediately.
Do Not Wait to Get the Help you Need
Being new to the United States can be unsettling. Sometimes, it is difficult to know what to do to help yourself, especially if you are not completely fluent in English and cannot access resources in your first language. If you need help or special consideration, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has resources available for you. An easy way to access these resources is to work with a lawyer who can be your advocate and help you navigate this sometimes confusing set of opportunities.
Work with an Experienced Chicago Humanitarian Relief Lawyer
Contact our team at Lopez & Sanchez to set up your consultation with our team of experienced immigration lawyers. It is not easy to be an immigrant in the United States and when you need legal aid, our team of immigration lawyers is here to provide it. Come to us with any questions you have about the specific type of humanitarian relief you need and if you have any additional questions or concerns, do not be afraid to ask them during your consultation. We are a resource for you.
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