Your team at the Inclusive Education Project is dedicated to helping families live with dignity. IEP will now offer a range of family based affirmative immigration services. These services are proactive in helping family members achieve lawful status before any removal proceedings are initiated by the federal government.
No one should have to live in fear of being separated from their family. However, immigration legal services are usually too expensive for families to pursue. On top of the expense, the immigration system is complex and navigating the process alone can be daunting. By offering low-cost legal services, the Inclusive Education Project will help families navigate the complex immigration system and find the best path towards lawful status.
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Family Based Petitions
The family-based immigration process typically begins with a petitioner, who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, making a request to the U.S. Government to allow a family member to immigrate.
A U-Visa is a type of non-immigrant visa, reserved for temporary entrants to the United States. It provides four years of lawful status to non-citizens who have been victims of certain crimes in the U.S., have suffered substantial harm as a result of the crime, and who are helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.
A T-Visa is a type of non-immigrant visa, reserved for temporary entrants to the United States. It provides four years of lawful status to non-citizens who have been victims of human trafficking, and are present in the United States as a result of that trafficking.
Under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a person may self-petition to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) if he/she is the victim of battery or extreme cruelty committed by:
1. A U.S. citizen spouse or former spouse;
2. A U.S. Citizen parent;
3. A U.S. citizen son or daughter;
4. A LPR spouse or former spouse; or
5. A LPR parent.
Affirmative Asylum Petitions
Under federal law, asylum is legal protection afforded to a person who can demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. A non-citizen may petition for affirmative asylum, meaning the non-citizen is not in removal proceedings, while physically present in the United States.
Citizenship Certificates and Naturalization
A child who is born outside of the United States to U.S. Citizen parents can obtain a certificate of citizenship.
A certificate of naturalization is given to someone who later becomes a citizen via the naturalization process. The naturalization process requires applications to attend an interview, take a civics test, and in certain cases pass an additional English test. Once approved, the applicant is required to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.