The following announcements are intended for Oasis clients, as well as Oasis collaborators.
Statement to Oasis Clients regarding Public Charge proposal
10/31/2018 - We condemn the new proposal from DHS regarding the designation Public Charge. As a reminder, some immigrants are exempted by law from the public charge test. Exempt immigrants include: refugees; asylees; survivors of trafficking, domestic violence, or other serious crimes (T or U visa applicants/holders); VAWA self-petitioners; special immigrant juveniles; certain people paroled into the U.S.; and green card–holders applying for U.S. citizenship. Even if the draft regulation is finalized, these groups will not be subject to the public charge test.
public Statement regarding fee waiver proposal
10/12/2018 - On September 27, 2018 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news alert indicating that the agency intended to limit the forms of evidence that are acceptable for the I-912 Request for Fee Waiver, removing the receipt of means-tested benefits from the eligibility criteria. Currently, applicants for the fee waiver can submit evidence of receipt of means-tested benefits, household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or financial hardship. Oasis Legal Services is deeply concerned by this proposed policy change and encourages all legal and social services providers for low income immigrants, immigrants, and concerned community members to comment on this proposed policy change. The proposal was published to the Federal Register for public comment on September 28, 2018. The notice and comment period is available until November 27, 2018. A collection of talking points addressing the irrationality and harmfulness of this proposal is provided below. Oasis urges interested parties to:
Submit a public comment on the Federal Register website.
Send the press release to any personal contacts at various agencies, non-profits, and news outlets.
March 9, 2018 - Explanation of uscis asylum scheduling changes
USCIS announced some changes in the way they will be scheduling asylum interviews at the asylum office. We held workshops in our office explaining these changes, but if you were not able to make it to one of these workshops this video explains how the changes will affect your case.
February 7, 2018 - DO not sign the letter
USCIS recently announced some changes in the way they will be scheduling asylum interviews. Asylum applicants who applied after being in the country for more than 10 years will be receiving a letter in the mail. If you are an Oasis client, it is important that you DO NOT SIGN this letter.