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HIAS Pennsylvania is Open for Business During the Outbreak of COVID-19

While taking appropriate precautions, including working remotely whenever possible, HIAS Pennsylvania staff is still working hard to help our clients, who are some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community. We continue to do intake and provide immigration legal support to all those we can possibly serve.

We continue to help immigrants gain the legal status for which they are eligible. The stakes are higher than ever, since unemployment benefits and other supports are only available to those with status. We are also working as hard as ever to ensure that our clients have employment, housing, and other social support.

While we have cancelled all in-person events, some events have moved to virtual platforms. We will be sending e-blasts about these events and posting information on our website and our Facebook page. If you are not already on our mailing list and want to receive these notices, please click here to join our mailing list.

Meanwhile, regarding things beyond our control:

  • Refugees: Refugee resettlement has halted worldwide. We continue to provide resettlement services to the refugees that are already here.
  • Clients seeking legal status: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Asylum Office in Newark have shut down. Thus, we can only advance the petitions of clients who do not need to access USCIS and the Asylum Office. We are also preparing clients’ petitions for legal and social services so that they will be ready to be filed when those offices open.
  • Clients at risk of detention: We are continuing to document these clients’ cases while they wait for these offices to reopen.