Immigration News

NPR: The Wait To Become A U.S. Citizen Lengthens

“The president lives in the White House. Congress makes new laws,” says Bianco, who works for the International Institute of the Bay Area, a group that provides legal immigration services. Bianco’s students are lawful permanent residents preparing for the U.S.citizenship test and interview. But for some applicants, the hardest part may not be the test. It may be in getting an appointment to take it, says Bianco. Before the...

USCIS Feature: International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) Recruits Law Student Volunteers to Assist in Legal Services in San Francisco

In 2018, IIBA will celebrate 100 years as a provider of immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement in Northern California. When the institute began in 1918, immigrants and their children made up 72 percent of San Francisco’s population. Today, IIBA continues to support the immigrant population in preparing for naturalization with over 2,500 citizenship applications each year. IIBA continues to expand the reach of its services through creative...

St. Helena Star: Educating Napa Valley workers – and their bosses – about the perks of citizenship

Encouraging those people to become full-fledged citizens is the laudable goal of Napa County Citizenship Legal Services (NCCLS), a collaboration of the International Institute of the Bay Area, On the Move, Puertas Abiertas and the UpValley Family Centers. Representatives from all four nonprofits met with our editorial board last week to explain their program. We were impressed with their knowledge of immigration law, their outreach efforts to roughly 60,000...

San Francisco Chronicle: Al Madrigal, Aparna Nancherla highlight Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights

Al Madrigal and Aparna Nancherla are scheduled to perform at the Comedy Night for Immigrant Rights on Saturday, April 28, a fundraiser celebrating the 100th anniversary of the International Institute of the Bay Area. The nonprofit IIBA provides legal help, education and other services for immigrants, refugees and their families in the Bay Area. Madrigal is a San Francisco native and former “Daily Show” correspondent who has been at the...

In an interview with NBC, IIBA Staff Attorney Sara Fain encourages immigrants to visit IIBA offices to learn more about their legal protections

In an interview with NBC, IIBA Staff Attorney Sara Fain speaks out against the fear the administration has created in our communities, and she encourages immigrants to visit IIBA offices to learn more about their legal protections. IIBA provides high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities to immigrants, refugees, and their families as they join and contribute to the community.

Successful DACA Renewal Applications Under New USCIS Guidelines

On January 9, 2018, a federal court ruled that while a lawsuit decides whether the termination of DACA was unlawful, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must continue to accept renewal applications. Below is guidance on who is eligible to apply at this time. Please note, as the lawsuit moves forward, this advice may change.

ALERT: Court Orders the Department of Homeland Security to Allow Individuals with DACA to Apply to Renew It

On January 9, 2018, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a halt to the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. In the case Regents of the University of California, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al., Alsup granted a preliminary injunction — a temporary order while the case goes forward — requiring U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...