News & Updates

Comment Opportunity: Oppose USCIS Changes to Fee Waiver Forms and Policy

By neonadmin | Apr 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Comment Opportunity: Oppose USCIS Changes to Fee Waiver Forms and Policy

ASISTA has created an updated template to comment on proposed fee waiver changes, initially proposed in September 2018.  This second opportunity to oppose these harmful changes takes into account USCIS’ response to the comments submitted and updated I-912 form and instructions.  (Click here for an updated table of changes) To have the most impact, please…

Read More

ASISTA and NOW Submit Opposition to USCIS Tip Form

By Admin | Apr 18, 2019 | Comments Off on ASISTA and NOW Submit Opposition to USCIS Tip Form

On April 16, 2019, ASISTA and the National Organization for Women (NOW) submitted a comment in opposition to the proposed USCIS Tip Form, as the form would be a tool for abusers and perpetrators of crime to weaponize the immigration system against survivors, with impunity. Read our comment here.

Read More

ASISTA Breaking News! April 2019

By Maria Lazzarino | Apr 12, 2019 | Comments Off on ASISTA Breaking News! April 2019

Exciting times at ASISTA! Read here for important news and updates.

Read More

Comment Today! USCIS Fraud Tip Form

By Admin | Mar 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Comment Today! USCIS Fraud Tip Form

On February 15, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed form for notice and comment to collect information from the general public regarding purported immigration fraud. At ASISTA, we are particularly concerned about this Fraud Tip form as it represents another tool for abusers and perpetrators of crime to…

Read More

ASISTA News – April 2019

By Ahlam Moussa | Mar 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

In this month’s “newsletter” we share strategies for addressing and challenging the latest, myriad attacks on immigrant crime survivors seeking secure status and defending against deportation, including a new advocacy project we hope you will join.  Come discuss these and other emerging hot topics at one of our Spring pre-conference all-day CLE trainings! Check it…

Read More

Undocumented in the Hudson Valley: The Luis Martinez Story

By neonadmin | Mar 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

He’s an employer, father, husband, and community member. Why is ICE threatening to deport this man? Read more here.

Read More

A week with Al Otro Lado

By neonadmin | Mar 19, 2019 | Comments Off on A week with Al Otro Lado

by Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel I just returned from volunteering with the Border Rights Project at Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico.  At the end of each day, volunteers often shared their “highs and lows” of what they experienced during the day.  In that spirit, I share my own. Lows: The inhumane, unlawful and shameful treatment…

Read More

New Form I-539/I-539A Published Today

By Admin | Mar 8, 2019 | Comments Off on New Form I-539/I-539A Published Today

ASISTA drafted a short practice update on the newly published Form I-539 and I-539A. Read more about the grace period and the new biometrics requirements here.

Read More

Fee Waiver Case Collection

By neonadmin | Mar 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Fee Waiver Case Collection

ASISTA is collecting stories where fee waivers for applications related to VAWA self-petitions, U visas, T visas, SIJS and other humanitarian protections have been denied, including motions to reopen/reconsider and appeals.  This is the first in a series of data collection tools ASISTA is releasing to strengthen our advocacy efforts and to demonstrate the numerous…

Read More

New! Sample Language for Fee Waiver Cover Letters

By Admin | Feb 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Read our new publication on fee waiver requests or contesting denials.

Read More