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How has COVID-19 Affected Immigration Cases?
Whitman-Walker Legal Services
Whitman-Walker Legal Services

July 17, 2020

We are still here!

The Whitman-Walker Legal Department is open Monday through Friday to support the community. Please note that at this time we are helping clients by phone and email as we work from home, not from the office. You should contact our Legal Intake Coordinator at 202-939-7630 and leave a voice message or send an email to lsuarez@whitman-walker.org.

Whitman-Walker Legal Services at the 2019 Going the Extra Mile Fundraiser.

Remember:

  • Immigration appointments that were canceled due to COVID-19 will be automatically rescheduled.
  • To ensure that you will receive all immigration notifications, it is essential that you notify each immigration agency with which you have an open case of any change of address or telephone number.
 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

  • Since June 4, 2020, some USCIS offices have resumed services in person, and are also continuing to process applications by mail or online. Some fingerprint processing centers resumed services on July 13. USCIS has taken several precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at facilities that have reopened. For more information, click here
  • To check the status of your application with USCIS, visit their website with the receipt number here.
 

Immigration Court:

  • Right now, hearings in immigration courts are only being processed for detained people.Since July 6th, most courts have resumed processing cases for people who are not detained. Hearings that have been postponed will be rescheduled for a new date. For more information and daily updates, click here
  • To check the status of your case with the immigration court, call 1-800-898-7180 and press # 2 for Spanish or visit the website click here.
 

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (ICE):

  • ICE has informed the public that it will not perform raids on medical and hospital centers.
  • In our area, ICE offices are located in Fairfax and Baltimore. These offices have canceled appointments for people who have been released from detention and need to report. People who already have an appointment to report to ICE will receive new dates to report in the future. The situation at each ICE field office is different, so you should be in contact with your legal representative to verify the next steps to report to ICE and / or to change your address with ICE to receive notification of your next appointment.
 

Assistance during COVID-19 and the Public Charge Rule:

  • For undocumented persons and workers excluded from receiving government aid, the city is providing assistance of $ 1,000 per person through Events DC. Only one individual per family can request assistance. To make the request call CARECEN at 202-328-9799.
  • COVID-19 tests and treatments will NOT be considered for the Public Charge Rule.
  • Unemployment and the $ 1,200 stimulus payment are NOT “public benefits” that could harm your immigration case under the new Public Charge Rule. Your employer has already paid into the unemployment insurance fund which is a type of work insurance. If you have lost your job, you may qualify for unemployment benefits. For more information on how to apply in DC click here or call 202-724-7000. For MD click here or call 301-313-8000. For VA click here or call 1-866-832-2363.
  • Most public benefits provided by the local government are not considered under the Public Charge Rule, such as ADAP or the DC Alliance medical insurance. Please remember that benefits such as WIC, Head Start, disaster relief, and school lunches are not be counted under the Public Charge Rule.
  • There are many people who are not subject to the Public Charge Rule. It does not affect most humanitarian cases such as asylum cases, people who already have asylum or refugee status, U-visas for victims of criminal offenses, VAWA for victims of domestic violence, the special juvenile visa, or TPS. It also does not affect people who already have their permanent residence or people who are applying for citizenship. The Public Charge Rule mainly affects people applying for residence through a family or work petition. Public Charge Rule: does it apply to me? Click here.
  • On the immigration website there are lists of frequently asked questions click here, including the categories of applications that are subject to the Public Charge Rule, all the factors they consider, and the public benefits they will or will not consider.
 

Protect Yourself from Scams:

  • Receiving incorrect assistance or advice may harm your case in the future.
  • Verify that the person helping you has a law degree from the United States and understands immigration law; or if not a lawyer, verify that they are on the list of accredited representatives of the Department of Justice.
  • Never trust someone who "guarantees" you to win your case or who guarantees a decision within a specified time.
  • Never sign anything you don't understand or an application that is not complete. Ask for a copy of everything you have signed and receipt of any payment you make.
  • If you have been a victim of scam in your immigration case, you can contact the PROJECT END Help and the DC Attorney General’s Office.

¿Cómo ha afectado COVID-19 a casos inmigratorios?

¡Seguimos aquí!

El departamento legal de Whitman-Walker está abierto de lunes a viernes para apoyar a la comunidad. Ten en cuenta que en este momento no podemos atender a clientes en persona, pero puedes contactar a nuestra Coordinadora Legalal 202-939-7630 y dejar un mensaje de voz o enviando un correo electrónico a lsuarez@whitman-walker.org.

"'Philippines!'"by iagoarchangel is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Recuerda:

  • Las citas de Inmigración que fueron canceladas debido al COVID-19 van a ser reprogramadas automáticamente.
  • Para asegurarte de que recibirás todas las notificaciones de inmigración, es esencial que notifiques a cada agencia de inmigración con la cual tienes un caso abierto, cualquier cambio de dirección o número de teléfono.
 

El Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS):

  • Desde el 4 de junio de 2020, algunas oficinas de USCIS reanudaron los servicios en persona, también siguen procesando aplicaciones por correo o por internet. Algunos centros para procesar huellas reanudaron los servicios el 13 de julio. USCIS ha tomado varias precauciones para evitar la propagación del COVID-19 en las instalaciones que han reabierto. Para más información haz clic aquí.
  • Para chequear el estatus de tu aplicación con USCIS, visita su página web con el número del recibo aquí.
 

Corte de inmigración:

  • En este momento audiencias en las cortes de inmigración solo están procediendo en casos para personas en detención. La mayoría de las cortes han reanudado procesando casos de personas que no están en detención desde del 6 de julio. Las audiencias que han sido pospuestas serán reprogramadas para una nueva fecha. Para más información y actualizaciones diarias, haz clic aquí.
  • Para chequear el estatus de tu caso con la corte de inmigración, llama al 1-800-898-7180 y oprime #2 para español o visita el sitio web, haz clic aquí.
 

El Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de EEUU (ICE):

  • ICE ha informado que no hará redadas en centros médicos y hospitalarios.
  • En nuestra área, las oficinas de ICE están ubicadas en Fairfax y Baltimore. Estas oficinas han cancelado las citas de reportar para personas que han salido de detención. Las personas que ya tenían una cita para reportarse con ICEvan a recibir nuevas fechas para reportarse en el futuro. La situación en cada oficina de ICE es diferente, así que debes estar en comunicación con tu representante legal para verificar los próximos pasos para reportar al ICE y/o para cambiar tu dirección con ICE para recibir la notificación de la próxima cita.
 

Asistencia durante COVID-19 y la regla de carga pública:

  • Para personas indocumentadas, trabajadores excluidxs de recibir ayuda gubernamental “Events DC” brindará asistencia de $1,000 por persona. Solo un individuo por familia puede solicitar asistencia. Para hacer la solicitud llama a CARECEN al 202-328-9799.
  • Pruebas y tratamientos referentes al COVID-19 NO van a ser considerados para la carga pública.
  • Desempleo y el pago de estímulo $1,200 NO son “beneficios públicos” que pueden perjudicar tu caso inmigratorio bajo la nueva regla de carga pública. Su empleador ya pagó al fondo para el desempleo, lo cual es un tipo de seguro laboral. Si has perdido tu trabajo, pueda que califiques para recibir los beneficios de desempleo. Para más información de cómo aplicar en DC clic aquí o llama al 202-724-7000. Para MD clic aquí o llama al 301-313-8000. Para VA clic aquí o llama al 1-866-832-2363.
  • La mayoría de los beneficios públicos emitidos por el gobierno local no están considerados bajo la regla de carga publica, como ADAP o el seguro médico Alianza en DC. También no se van a considerar beneficios como WIC, Head Start, ayuda por desastres, y almuerzos escolares.
  • Hay muchas personas que no están sujetxs a la regla de carga pública. No afecta a la mayoría de los casos humanitarios como casos de asilo, personas que ya tienen asilo o estatus de refugiado, visa U para víctimas de delitos criminales, VAWA para víctimas de violencia doméstica, la visa especial juvenil, o TPS. Tampoco afecta a personas que ya tienen su residencia o personas aplicando para la ciudadanía. La carga pública principalmente afecta a personas aplicando para la residencia por una petición familiar o laboral. Carga pública: ¿aplica en mi caso? Clic aquí.
  • En la página web de inmigración hay listas de preguntas frecuentes clic aquí, incluyendo las categorías de aplicación que están sujetas a carga pública, todos los factores que consideran bajo la carga publica, y los beneficios públicos que van o no van a considerar.
 

Protégete de estafas:

  • Recibir asistencia o asesoramiento incorrecto puede perjudicar tu caso en el futuro.
  • Verifica que la persona ayudándote tiene licenciatura en derecho de los EEUU o verifica que está en la lista de representantes acreditados del Departamento de Justicia.
  • Nunca confíes en alguien que te “garantiza” ganar tu caso o que garantiza una decisión dentro de un tiempo específico.
  • Nunca firmes nada que no entiendas o una aplicación que no está completa. Pide copia de todo lo que hayas firmado y recibo de cualquier pago que hagas.
  • Si has sido una víctima de estafa en tu caso migratorio, puedes contactarte con Proyecto END de Ayuda y con la Oficina del Fiscal General de DC.

 

COVID-19 ኢሚግሬሽን  ጉዳዮችን ላይ ምን ዓይነት ጫና ኣስርፏል ?

አሁንም እዚህ ነን! 

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አስታውሱ

  • በ COVID-19 ምክንያትየተሰረዙየኢሚግሬሽንቀጠሮዎችበራስ-ሰር/አፋጣኝእንደገናይያዛሉ።
  • ሁሉንምየኢሚግሬሽንማሳወቂያዎችንመቀበልዎንለማረጋገጥ፣ማንኛውንምየአድራሻወይምየስልክቁጥርለውጥበተመለከተጉዳይዎክፍትየሆነበትንእያንዳንዱንየኢሚግሬሽንኤጄንሲማሳወቅአስፈላጊነው።
 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):

  • ከሰኔ 4 ቀን 2020 ጀምሮአንዳንድየ USCIS ጽ/ቤቶችበአካልአገልግሎትየጀመሩሲሆንማመልከቻዎችንበፖስታወይምበኦንላይንላይማስኬዱንምእንደቀጠሉናቸው። አንዳንድየጣትአሻራሂደትማዕከሎችከሐምሌ 13 ቀንጀምሮአገልግሎታቸውንቀጥሏል። እንደገናበተከፈቱባቸውተቋማት COVID-19 እንዳይሰራጭ USCIS በርካታቅድመ-ጥንቃቄዎችንአድርጓል። ለበለጠመረጃ፣እዚህ ጠቅ ያድርጉ

  • የUSCIS ማመልከቻዎንምንላይእንደደረሰለማየትከፈለጉ፣የድርጣቢያቸውንየደረሰኝቁጥርንተጠቅሞእዚህጠቅያድርጉ

 

የኢሚግሬሽን ፍርድ ቤት 

  • በአሁኑጊዜበኢሚግሬሽንፍርድቤቶችውስጥችሎቶችየሚካሄዱትለተያዙሰዎችብቻነው። ከሐምሌ 6 ቀንጀምሮ፣አብዛኛዎቹፍርድቤቶችላልተያዙሰዎችየፍርድሂደትንቀጥለዋል። ለሌላጊዜእንዲዘገይየተደረጉችሎቶችበአዲስእንደገናቀጠሮይያዙለታል። ለተጨማሪመረጃእናዕለታዊዝመናዎች፣ እዚህጠቅያድርጉ.
  • ጉዳይዎንከኢሚግሬሽንፍርድቤትለመፈተሽወደ 1-800-898-7180 ይደውሉእናለስፓንሽ #2 ንይጫኑወይምእዚህየሚገኘውንድርጣቢያ፣እዚህ ጠቅያድርጉ.

 

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (ICE):

  • ICE በሕክምናእናበሆስፒታሎችማዕከላትላይፍተሻእንደማያስፈጽምለህዝብአሳውቋል።
  • በአካባቢያችንየ ICE ቢሮዎችበፈእርፋክስእናባልቲሞርይገኛሉ። እነዚህጽህፈትቤቶችከእስርየተለቀቁእናሪፖርትማድረግለሚፈልጉሰዎችቀጠሮዎችንሰርዘዋል። ወደ ICE ሪፖርትለማድረግቀድሞውኑቀጠሮያላቸውሰዎችለወደፊቱሪፖርትለማድረግአዲስቀጠሮቀናትንይቀበላሉ። በእያንዳንዱየ ICE የመስክቢሮውስጥያለውሁኔታየተለየነው፣ስለሆነምወደ ICE ሪፖርትየሚያደርጉትንቀጣዮችእርምጃዎችለማረጋገጥእና/ወይምየቀጣይቀጠሮዎንማስታወቂያለመቀበልወይምከ ICE ጋርእድራሻለመቀየርየህግአማካሪዎንማነጋገርአለብዎት።

 

COVID-19 ወቅት እና በመንግስት ድጋፍ/ፓብልክ ቻርጅ ደንብ የሚደረግ እገዛ 

  • ላልተመዘገቡሰዎችእናየመንግሥትዕርዳታከማግኘትለተባረሩሠራተኞችከተማዋበዲሲዝግጅቶችበኩልለአንድሰው $ 1,000 ዶላርድጋፍታደርጋለች። ከአንድቤተሰብአንድግለሰብብቻነዉመጠየቅየሚችለዉ። ጥያቄውንለ CARECEN ለማቅረብበ 202-328-9799 ይደውሉ
  • ለ COVID-19 ምርመራዎችእናህክምናዎችየመንግስትድጋፍ/ፓብልክቻርጅደንብአይታሰቡም።
  • ሥራአጥነትእናየ $ 1,200 ማነቃቂያክፍያበአዲሱየመንግስትድጋፍ/ፓብልክቻርጅደንብመሠረትየኢሚግሬሽንጉዳይዎንሊጎዱየሚችሉ “የሕዝብጥቅሞች” አይደሉም። ቀጣሪዎቀድሞውኑለሥራአጥነትዋስትናፈንድ (ኢንሹራንስ) ከፍሏልይህምየሥራመድንአይነትነው። ስራዎንካጡለስራአጥነትጥቅሞችብቁሊሆኑይችላሉ። በዲሲእንዴትእንደሚያመለክቱየበለጠመረጃለማግኘትእዚህጠቅያድርጉወይም 202-724-7000 ይደውሉ። ለሜሪላንድእዚህጠቅያድርጉወይም 301-313-8000 ይደውሉ። ለቨርጂኒያእዚህጠቅያድርጉወይም 1-866-832-2363 ይደውሉ።
  • በአከባቢውመንግስትየሚሰጡትአብዛኛዎቹየህዝብጥቅማጥቅሞችእንደ ADAP ወይምበዲሲአሊያንስየህክምናመድንየመሳሰሉትበመንግስትድጋፍደንብመሠረትአይቆጠሩም። እባክዎንያስታውሱእንደ WIC፣ሄድስታርት፣የአደጋእፎይታእናየትምህርትቤትምሳዎችበመንግስትድጋፍ/ፓብልክቻርጅደንብመሠረትአይቆጠሩም።
  • ለመንግስትድጋፍደንብየማይገዛብዙሰዎችአሉ። አብዛኛዎቹሰብአዊጉዳዮችንአይመለከትምእንደየጥገኝነትጉዳዮች፣ቀድሞውኑየጥገኝነትወይምየስደተኛነትሁኔታያላቸዉሰዎችንየመሳሰሉ፣በወንጀልድርጊቶችለተጎዱ U- ቪዛ፣በቤትውስጥብጥብጥሰለባለሆኑትVAWA፣ለልዩወጣቶችቪዛ፣ወይምTPS። እንዲሁምቀድሞውኑቋሚመኖሪያየላቸውንወይምለዜግነትበሚያመለክቱሰዎችላይተጽዕኖየለውም። ፓብልክቻርጅደንብበዋነኝነትየሚነካውበቤተሰብወይምበሥራአቤቱታበኩልለማመልከትበሚያመለክቱሰዎችላይነው። የፓብልክቻርጅደንብ: - ለእኔይሠራል? እዚህጠቅያድርጉ
  • በኢሚግሬሽንድርጣቢያላይበተደጋጋሚየሚጠየቁጥያቄዎችዝርዝርአሉእዚህጠቅያድርጉ፣በፓብልክቻርጅደንብመሠረትየሚገዙትንየመተግበሪያዎችምድቦችንጨምሮ፣ከግምትውስጥየሚያስገባቸውምክንያቶችሁሉ፣እናለህዝብጥቅምግምትዉስጥየሚገቡትንወይምየማይመለከታቸዉንጨምሮ።

 

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  • የተሳሳተድጋፍወይምምክርማግኘቱወደፊትጉዳይዎንሊጎዳይችላል።
  • የሚረዳዎሰውከአሜሪካውስጥየሕግዲግሪእንዳለውእናየኢሚግሬሽንሕግንየሚረዳመሆኑንያረጋግጡ፣ወይምጠበቃካልሆነ፣እውቅናባላቸውየፍትህመምሪያተወካዮችዝርዝርውስጥመኖራቸውንያረጋግጡ።
  • ጉዳይዎንእንዲያሸንፉ “ዋስትና” የሚሰጥወይምበተወሰነጊዜውስጥለዉሳኔዉዋስትናየሚሰጥሰውበጭራሽአይመኑ።
  • እርስዎየማይረዱትንማንኛውንምነገርወይምያልተሟላማመልከቻንበጭራሽአይፈርሙ።እርስዎየፈረሙትንማንኛውምነገርግልባጭይጠይቁእንዲሁምያከናወኑትንማንኛውንምክፍያደረሰኝይቀበላሉ።
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