The task of finding help during the immigration process can be quite intimidating. Unsure of where to look or what they're looking for, many people find themselves lost in front of their computer and in their community. This post is meant to give those people some guidance and an idea of what kind of help is available.
Uscis.gov: This website provides information DIRECTLY from the United States government about all things immigration in addition to updates on American immigration laws and helpful tips for any stage of the immigration process.
One particularly helpful function of this website is the PRACTICE NATURALIZATION SELF TEST which is a study tool to help test your knowledge of U.S history and government.
Immihelp.com: This organization provides accurate information for EVERY type of visa along with the different processes at different steps in the immigration process.
One of the most helpful tools on this website is the complete summary of each visa that allows a clear understanding of the steps and processes required to obtain each visa.
LexSpot.com: (Yes, we had to include ourselves!) LexSpot offers online tools that determine which immigration paths you are eligible for, then provides quotes from specialized lawyers ready to take your case.
LexSpot's goal is to make the immigration process easy and affordable. To that end they are building out tools to help you start the application process on your own, allowing you to save significant money on legal fees.
Local Literacy Programs: In many cities across the United States, literacy programs exist to help immigrants learn to communicate in American daily life. Check to see if there are organizations like these in your community!
Ethnic Support: In most states there are ethnic support groups meant to assist a specific immigrant. These groups exist across all ethnicities and are extremely helpful for immigrants!
Religious Organizations: In many communities, churches and other religious groups offer immigration help to people in their community. This help ranges from connections with lawyers to learning English!
TIPS when looking for help:
1. MAKE CONNECTIONS: The best free help you‰Ûªll receive during your immigration process will come from the people you meet. Don't be afraid to ask people who have been through the process before or who have a certain area of expertise.
2. BE HONEST: When you have established good connections with people who have been in your shoes before or seen your situation it is important to be honest about your case. Make sure not to hide aspects of your process as doing so may limit the help you receive.
3. BE CAREFUL: Not everyone wants to help you with your immigration process. Only share information about your case with people that you trust and have your best interest in mind.
There are always resources available for people who seek them- I hope this post helps you find some places to look and gives you an idea of what kind of help is available. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need any assistance!