Immigration Legal Services
At CWS NorCal office, our team of legal professionals provides comprehensive individual legal advice and counsel to address our clients’ immigration matters. From helping clients to apply for Family-based Visas or Employment Authorization to protecting their interests with preparation of Asylum or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applications, our team is equipped with passion and professional skill to support you and your family. We look forward to serving Ukrainian and Afghan refugees enrolled in or qualified for the Preferred Communities program of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. CWS NorCal team is committed to showing welcome and providing steadfast support to refugees, immigrants, asylum-seekers, and other uprooted people within the United States, who are seeking safety and the opportunity to rebuild their lives.
What is Asylum?
Asylum is a form of protection which allows an individual to remain in the United States instead of being removed (deported) to a country where he or she fears persecution or harm. Under U.S. law, people who flee their countries because they fear persecution can apply for asylum. If they are granted asylum, this gives them protection and the right to stay in the United States. Those who are granted asylum are called asylees.
Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:
- Membership in a particular social group
- Political opinion
If you are eligible for asylum, you may be permitted to remain in the United States. To apply for asylum affirmatively or defensively, you may file a Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, within 1 year of your arrival to the United States.
What is TPS?
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status provided to nationals of certain countries experiencing problems that make it difficult or unsafe for their nationals to be deported there.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States.
The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to the following temporary conditions in the country:
- Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war)
- An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions
- United for Ukraine
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- Employment Authorization Document (EAD) replacement/correction
- Humanitarian Parole