Southeast Georgetown Community Council

Immigrant Services | Servicios Inmigrante

NEW PROGRAM COMING SOON!

SEGCC has applied with the U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) for credentials authorizing us to provide legal representation in immigration matters for low-income Georgetown area residents. We expect to receive USCIS approval and open our immigration legal services office in spring 2021.

In the meantime, IF YOU NEED HELP WITH IMMIGRATION MATTERS, PLEASE CONTACT US. We can help you find other low-cost services to meet your needs. We can also help with English language classes.

Here Are Other Resources You Might Consider . . .

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Whatever your immigration status might be, you have guaranteed rights under the U. S. Constitution. For example, you are not obligated to disclose your immigration status to law enforcement officials, and you do not have to admit officers to your home without a warrant. Learn more by visiting the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights page.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH

Regardless of immigration status, everyone is entitled to testing and treatment for coronavirus with no adverse effect on your ability to qualify for a Green Card or for citizenship. 

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BASIC NEEDS

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing special financial challenges for many workers, but especially for immigrant workers. These workers and their spouses are not eligible for the $1,200 per person cash assistance under the CARES Act, unless they have a Green Card and work permit–and both spouses have social security numbers. 

Whether or not you qualify for government assistance, here are local organizations that may be able to help:

APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP OR OTHER DOCUMENTATION ON YOUR OWN

If you are already a legal permanent resident of the U. S. or you feel comfortable pursuing other documentation on your own, you are legally permitted to do so. You do not need to hire an attorney. Here are some resources that might help get you started:

  • U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) provides myUSCIS, an online portal to help you navigate the immigration process on your own. Various immigration paths are explained on their Explore My Options page.
  • If you want to do things on your own but would prefer a bit more help, you might consider the following free sites offered by the Immigration Advocates Network, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Pro Bono Net, three non-profit organizations with over 20 years of experience in the immigration law and technology.
    • CitizenshipWorks: This online service walks you through the questions needed to apply for citizenship–and, if it turns out you need help, they will connect you with organizations offering free legal advice.
    • Immi: This site uses a simple online screening tool to help you understand your legal options–and it also connects you to nonprofit legal services organizations for additional help, if needed.
BE CAREFUL WHO YOU ASK FOR LEGAL ADVICE!

Only licensed attorneys, organizations recognized by USCIS, and accredited representatives are qualified to give legal advice on the immigration process. Especially at this moment in history, immigration can be complicated, and regulations can change quickly. The wrong advice can have tragic and irreversible consequences. Even people who have good intentions and  just want to help can lead you astray.

Avoiding Scams Against Immigrants, published by the Federal Trade Commission, provides additional details on how to find qualified legal advice.

OTHER SEGCC SERVICES

Here are a few other services offered by SEGCC that might be useful. If you have other needs not listed on this page, please contact us to see if we can help!

  • Facilities 4 Families helps to support working and high-risk families with distance-learning by creating small, supervised, learning pods of a maximum of 10 students during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • A Step Ahead offers free online tutoring services for youth.
  • Tech to the People collects old smart phones, laptops, PCs, monitors, etc. to distribute to families needing devices to connect to the internet for distance learning, social interaction or just to have a little fun and distraction.
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