Important information on the asylum process

clarification on new public charge rule

EN: Many of you may have heard about the new public charge rule, which makes it more difficult for immigrants who have received government benefits, such as free housing, food stamps, or Medicaid, to get green cards. However, our immigration lawyer Caitlin Steinke has informed us that those who have been granted asylum or refugee status are exempt from this rule. You should still consult with an immigration lawyer if you believe this new public charge rule could apply to you because immigration laws are very complicated and this new public charge rule has many other exceptions.

SP: Muchos de ustedes han escuchado acerca de la nueva regla de carga pública, la cual hace que sea más difícil para los inmigrantes que han recibido beneficios del gobierno como vivienda gratuita, cupones de alimentos o Medicaid obtener tarjetas verdes. De acuerdo con lo que dice la abogada de inmigración Caitlin Steinke, los inmigrantes a quienes se les ha otorgado el estatus de asilado o de refugiado están exentos de esta regla. Sin embargo, usted aún debe consultar con un abogado de inmigración si cree que esta nueva regla de carga pública podría aplicarsele porque las leyes de inmigración son muy complicadas y esta nueva regla de carga pública tiene muchas otras excepciones.

FR: Vous avez peutetre entendu la nouvelle reglementation du government que si des immigrants recoivent des aides de l’etat comme le logement, food stamps, Medicaid, ils ne pourront pas recevoir une carte verte car ils seront consideres comme “une public charge.” Cependant, notre avocate, Caitlin Steinke nous informe que ceux qui ont recu l’asile et qui font une demande de carte verte, ne seront pas affectes par cette nouvelle reglementation. On vous conseille quand meme de toujours faire une consultation avec un avocat pour verifier votre situation specifique.


Getting Info About Your Asylum Case & Completing a Change of Address Form

Getting Info About Your Asylum Case

Completing a Change of Address Form

ICE Raids: Learn How to Protect Yourself as an Asylum-seeker

Based on a presentation made at RIF Asylum Support meeting on July 15, 2019 by Angela Torregeoza, a Queens-based immigration attorney.

Click here to the view the full presentation

Applying for Asylum: Advice from a former asylum officer

Based on a presentation made at RIF Asylum Support meeting on April 15, 2019 by Ethan Taubes. Ethan Taubes worked as an asylum officer and supervisor for over twenty years at the USCIS asylum office in Newark, New Jersey. He retired in 2018 and now provides trainings and consultations: https://www.ethantaubes.com/. You can view a video of the presentation here: https://www.facebook.com/rifnyc/videos/404756417011420/.

Key points (English)

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What happens during an asylum interview? What questions will I be asked?

https://www.rasoulpourtorregoza.com/blog/2019/4/17/what-happens-during-an-asylum-interview-what-questions-will-i-be-asked

By Rasoulpour Torregoza PLLC, a legal consultant for RIF Asylum Support in partnership with CUNY Law School


What happens after my asylum interview?

https://www.rasoulpourtorregoza.com/blog/2018/2/24/what-happens-after-my-asylum-interview

By Rasoulpour Torregoza PLLC, a legal consultant for RIF Asylum Support in partnership with CUNY Law School


Mock Asylum Interview

On 7 September 2018, RIF Asylum Support presented "Preparing to Testify at Your Asylum Interview," an educational workshop that provides asylum seekers with the tools, strategies, and confidence to be better prepared for their asylum interview.

Summary in English
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EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION CHANGES

At our recent meeting we had a presentation by attorney Angela Torregoza on changes to the employment authorization application form. We have outlined the changes below:

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1.   Starting September 17, 2018, the form will be seven pages instead of two. You must pay careful attention to each question and answer them all as accurately as possible.

2.   In section 30. (c)(8) the form will ask you if you have ever been arrested in your home country, the United States, or elsewhere. Arrests include political arrests. It is extremely important to not omit this type of information as part of your application because the United States government may use it as a reason to deny your employment authorization and asylum applications.

 Advice from RIF

The United States government is more strict regarding asylum seekers than it has been in the recent past. If you have questions as you complete your initial or renewal employment authorization application, including about the required documentation, please contact RIF at info@rifnyc.org to schedule a legal consultation.

More detailed information about the changes can be found on Angela Torregoza’s blog