Know Your Rights
On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not deport certain DREAM Act–eligible undocumented youth. Under a directive from the secretary of DHS, these youth will be given a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” Deferred action will be valid for two years and may be renewed at the end of the two years. Individuals who receive deferred action may apply for and may obtain employment authorization. IMPORTANT: The federal government will not accept deferred action applications until August 15, 2012. If you apply now, your application will be rejected.
This article describes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and what your rights are during these raids.
The 2012 Virginia Legislature expanded Medicaid and FAMIS health insurance to cover immigrants who: Are children (under age 19) and pregnant women; Legally reside in the United States; Are residents of Virginia; Meet other financial and non-financial requirements for Medicaid / FAMIS; and have lived in the U.S. for less than 5 years.
How to apply for your birth certificate as an adult living in Virginia: a comprehensive guide created by Blue Ridge Legal Services
This guide was created for people living in Blue Ridge Legal Services’ service area in the Shenandoah Valley, but it can be used by people living anywhere in Virginia. It is intended to assist adults in obtaining their own birth certificates. This guide was created for people living in Blue Ridge Legal Services’ service area in the Shenandoah Valley, but it can be used by people living anywhere in Virginia.
Special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) authorize U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to expedite the application and naturalization process for current members of the U.S. armed forces and recently discharged members.
Immigration law has a number of highly technical terms that may not mean the same thing to the average reader. USCIS.gov provides a glossary of immigration terms and acronyms.