USCIS' response to the May 16, 2016 sign on letter regarding the significant delays in the U visa program, to which 307 agencies were signatories. In this response, Director Rodriguez notes the increase in applicants as one of the causes of the delay (e.g 11,000 applicants in FY2009 compared with 52,000 applicants in FY 2015) as well as VSC's recent prioritization of adjudicating derivative applications in cases where the principal already has U visa status. One of the strategies to address this delay, not surprisingly, is the U visa workshare with the Nebraska Service Center, which began last month.
* Scroll down for Spanish version of the letter.
Comments on the new I-765V Form and Instructions, which will be for work authorization for abused A, E(iii), G and H derivatives pursuant to INA 106. As these protections were initially in VAWA 2005, this process has been a long time coming, but we are one step closer to USCIS finally accepting these applications. The comments were submitted by AILA, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV), ASISTA Immigration Assistance, CLINIC, National Domestic Workers Alliance and We Belong Together, that were submitted on Tuesday. Special thanks to Grace Huang, Susan Schreiber, Sameera Hafiz and Laura Lynch for their amazing and thoughtful contributions.
We will let everyone know when USCIS starts accepting these applications and these forms have been finalized.
We are letting you know about a special project we started awhile back with CGRS and Tahirih, melding the holistic approach to helping survivors of gender-based violence with bringing in new folks (as well as providing a refersher) to do asylum for those released from family detention. The results of this effort are free; we hope you find them useful!
TRAINING RESOURCE (this resource can also be found in our clearinghouse under Representing Survivors Seeking Asylum)
ASISTA, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), and the Tahirih Justice Center present a pre-recorded webinar series for attorneys, accredited representatives, domestic and sexual violence advocates, mental health service providers and social workers already familiar with VAWA and U visas to help women and children released from family detention centers, including
- An overview of the asylum framework, help participants with issue spotting and identifying red flags, discuss asylum’s intersections with other forms of immigration relief (SIJS, Tvisa, etc.)
- The mechanics of preparing an asylum application for survivors of gender based violence, including key processes and procedures
- A discussion of complex legal issues, including one-year deadline issues, framing "particular social groups," and preparing successful litigation strategies
To access our training materials and webinar recordings, please CLICK HERE
Assisting Immigrant Survivors of Workplace Sexual Violence
A brand new guide for advocates, organizers and leaders to
advance immigrant women’s gender equality rights
in the workplace
National Latin@ Network Casa De Esperanza's BLOG TALK RADIO Show on Sexual Assault at the Workplace