Recent Updates


Practice Update: USCIS Form Alert: Blank Spaces on Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

By Admin | January 16, 2020

On December 30, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) placed an alert on their website for Form I-918, Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, stating: Alert: We may reject your Form I-918…

Amicus Brief VAWA Joint Residence (December 27, 2019)

By Maria Lazzarino | January 10, 2020

This amicus brief, submitted to the Southern District of Florida, addresses USCIS’s requirement that self-petitioners show shared residence with their abuser during the marriage. With deep gratitude to Prof. Rebecca…

ASISTA Comment on USCIS’ Harmful Proposed Rule on Fees

By Admin | January 6, 2020

On December 30, 2019, ASISTA submitted its organizational comment in response to USCIS’ new proposed rule which increases immigration fees, further limits the criteria and availability of fee waivers, and…


Working at the nexus of immigration and domestic/sexual violence survivor advocacy communities, ASISTA is uniquely positioned to identify systemic problems and advocate for change.


ASISTA provides multiple training opportunities throughout the year through our interactive web-based formats as well as in-person events.  To find more about our trainings, please click here.

Case Assistance

ASISTA helps attorneys and advocates work through complex problems in VAWA self-petitions, U and T visas and other forms of immigration benefits for victims of crime, including case liaison assistance to address problems with the relevant agency.

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