HIAS Pennsylvania600 Chestnut St., Suite 500B
Philadelphia, PA 19106
HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal, resettlement, citizenship, and supportive services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to ensure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. HIAS Pennsylvania advocates for just and inclusive practices.
Eligibility criteria and prioritization for legal representation include:
Income: Services are generally targeted to families and individuals who have an annual income of less than 187.5% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. (That is, have a hard time paying for private lawyers)
Expertise: Services are targeted towards those who fall under our expertise: https://hiaspa.org/get-help/expertise/
Vulnerability: Services prioritize those most vulnerable (experiencing homelessness, etc.). Services also target those in removal proceedings.
By phone: (215) 832-0900. For further information, check: https://hiaspa.org/get-help/access-our-services/
HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and social services from arrival to citizenship, with particular focus on:
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ)
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petition
U-Visas for Victims of Crime
T-Visas for Victims of Trafficking
Temporary Status (TPS and DACA)
Family Reunification Applications
Legal Permanent Residency (Green Card)
Naturalization (Applying for Citizenship)
1) Immigration Legal Services: HIAS Pennsylvania provides direct representation to low income individuals on a broad range of immigration legal matters. We also refers appropriate clients to pro bono attorneys. In addition to Intake, our legal services focus particularly on vulnerable immigrants and has five special initiatives: Immigrant Youth Advocacy (IYA), Domestic Violence (DV), Victims of Crime (VOC), the Philadelphia Partnership for Resilience (PPR), and Latino Outreach and Immigration Services (LOIS).
2) Refugee Resettlement Program: HIAS Pennsylvania provides case management to newly arrived refugees with the goal of early integration and self-sufficiency. Many of the refugees have lived in camps, have few possessions and their arrival in our region is their first interaction with complex urban industrial society. We therefore provide case management and extensive cultural orientation including financial literacy classes, medical case management services and some limited employment assistance and referral. This program has three initiatives: Refugee Resettlement, Immigrant Wellness and ESL.
3) The Asylee Outreach Program (AOP). HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal services on a broad range of immigrant matters for asylees and their families and also provides social services to this population. The social service component, similar to the services provided in our Refugee Resettlement Program, includes case management services with a focus on self-sufficiency and extensive cultural orientation. This program has one initiative: Refugee and Asylee Employment.
4) Citizenship and Family Reunification Program: HIAS Pennsylvania helps refugees and immigrants, particularly the most vulnerable, seeking to naturalize, providing legal, ESL and Civics support. We do so we partnerships throughout the city through the P-CAN and NAC collaboratives. The program also helps individuals unify with family members abroad. The program focuses particularly on: Citizenship Services for Elderly and Disabled Refugees and Asylees and the Lautenberg Program.
Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Esq.
Philippe Weisz, Esq.
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