Legal & Immigration Resources
Before investing in any business, small business and immigration rights advocates recommend that immigrants – regardless if they are naturalized U.S. citizens, green card holders, visa holders or undocumented immigrants – consult with an experienced immigration attorney to confirm their employment status and any other necessary legal concerns.
“Creating a business — including how you do it and what you do — could have an impact on your immigration status, your ability to get a visa, possible violations of your visa and even a future green card or citizenship application, so it is very important to get advice from a qualified immigration attorney,” said Joshua Escalante Troesh, a business advisor and founder of Purposeful Strategic Partners and professor of entrepreneurship.
For additional assistance, please see the below links that offer entrepreneurial services, legal referrals, translation services and training.
Online Legal Support Directory
ImmigrationLawHelp.org was designed to address the lack of reliable information available to low-income immigrants by providing an easy-to-use online directory of legal services providers. In addition to the ability to search for nonprofit legal services by state, county, and detention facility, the website allows users to find organizations by languages spoken, types of legal and other services provided, and specific areas of legal assistance.
It is available in these languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
ImmigrationLawHelp.org is a project of the Immigration Advocates Network, of which NILC is a founding partner.
LawHelpCA.org is California’s official and free legal resource
RELIABLE information about common legal issues, written by reputable sources on 16 general topics and over 140 specific subtopics
UPDATED directory of legitimate and pre-screened organizations that offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation
LawHelpCA has been prepared for general information purposes only. It does not provide direct legal advice but can connect you to legal aid organizations and referral services.
Immigrant Solidarity Network
Midwest Coalition for Human Rights
She has authored numerous publications and policy analyses, provided strategic assistance and training to thousands of legal and social service providers, and to labor unions and community-based organizations.
“. . . was launched to help shape and develop a rational national conversation on immigration that shifts the terms of the debate towards achieving workable and effective comprehensive policy reform.” (A project of the Immigration Policy Center.)
“We are students from diverse backgrounds who have come together from across the United States to share our stories, experiences, voices and support for the DREAM Act and other immigration issues pertinent to our lives.”
“A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network”
“[S]tories and current developments on the government’s special registration program [NSEERS] and immigration policies that treat people differently based on race, religion, or ethnicity.”
“The Fair Immigration Reform Movement is a national coalition of grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. To learn more about our coalition, visit www.fairimmigration.org.”
“This blog is written collectively by volunteer members of Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC.”
A group of organizations and community members who advocate, educate, organize, and mobilize to protect the Human, Civil, and Constitutional Rights of all workers and residents in our communities.”
“A place where you can learn about important issues affecting the state’s immigrants and all California residents.”
DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Biden Administration Executive Actions
Dream and Promise Act of 2019
FAQ: American Dream and Promise Act of 2019Summary of Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6)Side by Side: Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the American Promise Act of 2017, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, and the SECURE Act of 2019Side by Side: DACA and Provisions of Dream Act of 2019 and American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
Dream Act, Dreamers, and Related Legislation
Dream Act 2017: Summary and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Side by Side: DACA Solutions in the Dream and USA Acts (table)Legislation to Protect DACA Recipients/Immigrant Youth (table)Side by Side: Provisions of 2010 and 2017 Dream
“Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow Our Economy. The SUCCEED Act: Top 5 Ways SUCCEED Fails Immigrant Youth Dream and the Health Professions Top 5 Reasons Why the Dream Act Can’t Wait Until 2018 2010 Dream Act: Fact Sheets, Studies & Reports, Dreamers’ Stories
National Immigration Law Center Priorities
Changes to Immigration Enforcement
Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013
Summary & Analysis: The Senate BillThe Senate Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744): What’s Good, What’s Bad (English and Spanish)DREAM Provisions in S. 744Senate Immigration Reform Bill: Summary of Immigrant Integration Provisions
DAPA and Expanded DACA