VLSP provides free legal assistance to eligible low income persons in the following applications and areas:
- Legal permanent residence
- Violence Against Women Act Petitions for immigrant victims of domestic violence.
- Deferred action and employment authorization for persons qualifying under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
VLSP is unable to represent persons in immigration detention.
Notice to current recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):
USCIS strongly encourages you to file your renewal request 150-120 days before your current period of DACA and employment authorization expire. We can help with renewals and new applications for DACA. Please contact us to determine if you are eligible for DACA.
On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order which significantly changed the enforcement priorities for removal.
Any undocumented immigrant who
(i) has been convicted of any crime,
(ii) has been charged or committed acts that constitute a chargeable offence,
(iii) has committed fraud or wilful misrepresentation in any application to any government agency or abused a program for public benefits
(iv) is subject to a final removal order, or
(v) in judgment of immigration officer is a risk to public safety, is removable.
This executive order requires the federal government to enter into agreements with States and local government for local enforcement agencies to perform the functions of immigration officers and sanctions penalties for sanctuary cities in loss of funding.
On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued another executive order suspending the US Refugee Program for 120 days, banning Syrian refugees and suspending visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of 7 countries-Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen for at least 90 days. This order has been temporarily stayed nationwide.
There are other draft executive orders on immigration which may or may not be issued.
Please contact us for more information on our immigration program.