The following announcements are intended for Oasis clients, as well as Oasis collaborators.
👏 It’s official — a federal court has ruled to protect millions of immigrant families from Trump’s brutal, racist public charge regulation. Using Medicaid, SNAP & housing assistance won’t count against immigration applications processed in the United States. As always, asylees and other immigrants with humanitarian immigration statuses are still exempt from the public charge rule.
Spread the word to protect immigrant families: https://bit.ly/2xjzTL0
STATEMENT TO OASIS CLIENTS & COMMUNITY REGARDING PUBLIC CHARGE PROPOSAL
08/13/2019 – Oasis Legal Services condemns the finalized regulation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the expanded Public Charge designation. This regulation will impact millions of immigrants who are applying for admission to the United States or applying for a “green card.” When proposed last fall, the regulation drew more than 266,000 public comments, overwhelmingly in opposition to the rule.
As a reminder, some immigrants are exempted by law from the public charge test. If you have asylum, this rule does not apply to you. Other exempt immigrants include: refugees; 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 under the new regulation, these groups are not personally subject to the public charge test.
However, the test does apply to beneficiaries of many family-based petitions. If you are hoping to sponsor a member of your family, your family member and you may be subject to stricter evaluation under the new Public Charge regulation.
Advocates for immigrant families and state attorney generals are already preparing litigation to fight this regulation, and Congress can block the regulation’s implementation. Oasis Legal Services urges our community to speak out in opposition to this dangerous attack on immigrants. You can take action at https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/
Join Oasis at our Annual Celebration — at the top floor of the Salesforce Tower!
June 8, 2019 • 5pm VIP Reception • 6pm-9pm Main Event
You can learn more about our celebration and purchase tickets here:
Our February Newsletter is out. This month we cover:
Make a difference: How you can help get a trans asylum seeker out of ICE detention
Legacy in action: Saint Oscar Romero and board member Rhina Ramos
Help our clients by going to the movies!
Meet our newest community partner, Gaylesta
Have you seen our new home?
A unique Bay Area experience, just for Oasis supporters
Connect With Us: Ways to Support Oasis
Oasis Has moved to Berkeley!
Since Oasis Legal Services opened its doors in May 2017 we have grown so much that we have had to find a new home for our organization. We are excited to announce that we have found a new home in Berkeley.
As of January 2, 2019 our office is located at the following address:
Oasis Legal Services
1900 Addison St. Ste 100
Berkeley, CA 94704
Our new location has more accessible parking and is conveniently located close to public transit. Our phone number will remain the same: (510) 666-6687. The phone number and email address of the person in charge of each case will also remain the same. This change does not affect our clients’ cases. Each case will continue on its regular schedule.
Our January Newsletter is live with big news about our new home and lots more.
Our November Newsletter includes Jack Kornfield’s segment on our Southern Border
Oasis Helping LGBTQ Asylum Seekers at the Border
Board Member: Jack Kornfield, Reflections at the Tijuana Border
Celebrating Client Success: Jessi at 1951 Coffee
Angie Joins the Oasis Team
Oasis is growing, and we need more space! Do you?
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.