Moving to a new neighborhood where you don’t know many people? Often difficult.
Moving to a new country where you don’t know anyone? Always overwhelming.
In an effort to make the immigrant transition into the US more seamless, HIAS printed many pieces of literature over the years* to provide easy-to-use checklists for efficiently tackling various legal processes. The existence of these pamphlets might seem standard, but having accessible, concise steps to immigration success means fewer mistranslated notes, awareness of deadlines, and a better understanding of the help that’s available.
Inside, HIAS outlines the official Application Process and the steps that the Washington Processing Center takes when reviewing applications, including lengthy, detailed information on:
- What’s included on the Preliminary Questionnaire
- What’s included when asked to fill out an Affidavit of Relationship
What happens after your INS interview
So now that someone has had their INS interview and has been granted either refugee or parole status, HIAS is here to make sure that all the proper steps are taken BEFORE immigrating to the US.
- Completing your first appointment wiht IOM/MPC staff
- Arranging for a medical examination
- Obtaining sponsorship (refugees only) and exit permissions from OVIR
- Making travel arrangements and organizing with your US relatives (if any) to notify the US of your arrival
- Making a second appointment with IOM/MPC once you are ready to travel
You’ve made it! Here’s how HIAS can help!
HIAS’ help didn’t end with immigrants finding sanctuary on US soil, and didn’t end with immigrants, either! Help was available for both travelers and their US relatives and included:
- General advice and counsel to both immigrants and their US family members
- Help with making document corrections, alterations, and replacements (if originals are lost)
- VISA petition assistance
- Expediting VISA applications for relatives left in your home country
- Green card, citizenship, and asylum applications
- Taking photographs and fingerprints for legal documentation
- Translation services
- Specialized legal representation at no cost/minimal cost
- Scholarship programs (for HIAS-assisted refugees who migrated to the US after 1977)
- And a handy wallet guide!
*All pamphlets in this post were included in a packet designed for the attendants of the General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations, 1992.