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America's Voice - Seeking reforms that will transform a dysfunctional immigration system into a regulatory system that works.
American Immigration Center - Information kits, books, forms and products for U.S. immigration, U.S. work and temporary visas, citizenship, green cards, and green card lottery services.
American Immigration Council: Legal Action Center - Advocate for fundamental fairness in U.S. immigration law. Engages in impact litigation and appears as amicus curiae (friend of the court) before administrative tribunals and federal courts in significant immigration cases on targeted legal issues. Provides resources to lawyers litigating immigration cases and serves as a point of contact for lawyers conducting or contemplating immigration litigation.
American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) - Dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the value of immigration to American society; to promoting public service and excellence in the practice of immigration law; and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants.
Annunciation House - From its beginnings, Annunciation House has sought to serve the poorest of the poor in its El Paso-Juarez border community. In a Gospel spirit of service and solidarity, Annunciation House accompanies the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education.
Border Angels - Founded by Enrique Morones in 1986, Border Angels is a non-profit organization supporting humanity. The organization consists of extraordinary volunteers who want to stop unnecessary deaths of individuals traveling through the Imperial Valley desert areas and the mountain areas surrounding San Diego County, as well as the areas located around the United States and Mexican border.
Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) - Based in El Paso, Texas, the BNHR has a membership of more than 700 families, or close to 4,000 individuals, in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. It also helps organize other civic-minded groups along the border and is the force behind the Texas-wide Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance.
Canadian Council for Refugees - A non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.
Canada: Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) - Canada's TFWP allows employers to hire foreign workers in situations where Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available or qualified to fill positions in the Canadian labour market.
Center for Immigrant Families - Engages immigrant women of color in a process of collective reflection, community building, personal and social transformation, and organizing for change.
Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) - A non-profit immigration and human rights organization serving Los Angeles by working to protect the civil rights of immigrants, increase understanding between the native born and newcomer communities, and raise awareness of the interaction of human rights disasters and immigration.
Chinese Immigrants Eary Arrivals to San Francisco and Hawaii: Case Files - Hundreds of thousands of people passed through immigration stations in San Francisco and Honolulu between 1882 and 1955. Nearly 250,000 of them are the subject of federal reports and records, including immigration investigation case files of people who tried to immigrate - some successfully, some not - during the period of the Chinese Exclusion Acts, 1882-1943.
Consular Notification and Access for Arrested Foreign Nationals - Instructions and guidance relating to the arrest and detention of foreign nationals, deaths of foreign nationals, the appointment of guardians for minors or incompetent adults who are foreign nationals, and related issues pertaining to the provision of consular services to foreign nationals in the United States.
CultureStrike - Supports the national and global arts movement around immigration, a network of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and other cultural workers who want to fight anti-immigrant hate by bringing out the stories of migrants and creating counter-narratives about migration.
Dale Farm - Dale Farm, in Crays Hill, Essex, was the UK's largest Travellers' community, consisting of nearly a hundred separate properties, lying well outside the village and made up of extended family plots or yards. It was a scrapyard before it was purchased by Travellers as a site to build their homes. On October 19, 2011, Basildon council bailiffs began the eviction of Travellers from the Dale Farm site. Also see:
Detention Watch Network - Challenging the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system. Advocates profound change that will promote the rights and dignity of all persons.
Diversity Visa Program - Each year, 50,000 immigrant visas are made available through a lottery to people who come from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. None of these visas are available for people who come from countries that have sent more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the past five years. The State Department's National Visa Center holds the lottery every year, and chooses winners randomly from all qualified entries.
Dublin Regulation - A European Union (EU) law that determines the EU Member State responsible to examine an application for asylum seekers seeking international protection under the Geneva Convention and the EU Qualification Directive, within the European Union. It is the cornerstone of the Dublin System, which consists of the Dublin Regulation and the EURODAC Regulation, which establishes a Europe-wide fingerprinting database for unauthorised entrants to the EU. See Wikipedia.
Electronic Immigration Network (EIN) - A voluntary sector organisation specialising in the provision of information on immigration and refugee law via the Internet, particularly in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Ellis Island Passenger Search - Explore the collection of immigrant arrival records stored in the Ellis Island Archives. More than 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Information about each person was written down in ships' passenger lists, known as "manifests."
Embassy World - Comprehensive list of embassies and consulates worldwide, with contact information.
Embassy Worldwide - Directory and search engine of the world's embassies and consulates.
Enforcement and Removal Operations - A division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The resources and expertise of ERO are utilized to transport aliens, manage them while in custody and waiting for their cases to be processed, and to remove unauthorized aliens from the United States when ordered. For information on detainees housed at an ICE facility, family members and attorneys should contact one of the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) field offices listed here. ICE personnel will provide the most current information available regarding the location of the detained individual.
Families for Freedom - A New York-based multi-ethnic human rights organization by and for families facing and fighting deportation
Farmworker Justice Fund - Helping to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their wages and working conditions, labor and immigration policy, health and safety, and access to justice.
FileRight - Provides self-help products and services to assist you in preparing and completing U.S. immigration applications.
Forced Migration Online - A comprehensive web site that provides access to a diverse range of relevant information resources on forced migration. It is a technically and intellectually administered resource, combining specialist subject knowledge with high standards of information management.
Freedom of Movement: General Comment No. 27: Freedom of movement (Art.12) - General comments adopted by the human rights committee under article 40, paragraph 4, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Adopted at the 1783rd meeting (sixty-seventh session), held on 18 October 1999. Freedom of movement, mobility rights or the right to travel is a human right concept that the constitutions of numerous states respect. It asserts that a citizen of a state in which that citizen is present has the liberty to travel, reside in, and/or work in any part of the state where one pleases within the limits of respect for the liberty and rights of others, and to leave that state and return at any time. Some immigrants' rights advocates assert that human beings have a fundamental human right to mobility not only within a state but between states. See Wikipedia.
Frontex - European agency for the management of operational cooperation at the external borders of the member states of the European Union.
Golden Door: Immigration Images - The Keystone View Company, Underwood and Underwood, H. C. White Company and other publishers of popular stereoscopic photographs in the early 20th century documented immigration through the most famous point of entry, Ellis Island. These 3D images would have been sold to schools and libraries as well as more wealthy families as educational sets.
Green Card - United States lawful permanent residency refers to a person's immigration status: the person is authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. A United States Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551), formerly Alien Registration Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (INS Form I-151), is an identification card attesting to the permanent resident status of an alien in the United States. Green card also refers to an immigration process of becoming a permanent resident. The green card serves as proof that its holder, a lawful permanent resident (LPR), has been officially granted immigration benefits, which include permission to reside and take employment in the United States. The holder must maintain permanent resident status, and can be removed from the United States if certain conditions of this status are not met. Also see Wikipedia.
Guide to International Refugee Law Resources on the Web - Although the total refugee and asylum-seeking population has dipped since the early 1990s, over 30 million "persons of concern to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees" can still be counted in the world today. Moreover, debates continue regarding the nature of the protection that refugees should be granted, the role of the international community, and the obligations of receiving countries towards refugees. This guide directs readers to some of the key texts and resources available on the Web that can help shed light on, and provide a context for, many of the issues currently being deliberated in the refugee law arena.
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) - Dedicated to promote the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.In partnership with our member organizations, the Coalition educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) - A collaborative effort of leadingU.S. immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication, collaboration, and services among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools. Also see the National Immigration Legal Services Directory to to search for immigration legal services providers by U.S. state, county, or detention facility.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) - A national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights.
Immigration Direct - Prepare your United States Immigration forms like US Citizenship, Green card and Visas online. Assists immigrants through the complex US immigration and USCIS application process. Major informational sections include:
Immigration Law: An Overview - Federal immigration law determines whether a person is an alien, and associated legal rights, duties, and obligations of aliens in the United states. It also provides means by which certain aliens can become naturalized citizens with full rights of citizenship. Immigration law serves as a gatekeeper for the nation's border: it determines who may enter, how long they may stay and when they must leave. From Cornell's Legal Information Institute.
Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) - For the millions of people worldwide displaced within their own country, IDMC plays a unique role as a global monitor and evidence-based advocate to influence policy and action by governments, UN agencies, donors, international organisations and NGOs. IDMC monitors and analyse internal displacement caused by conflict, generalised violence, human rights violations and natural hazard-induced disaster.
International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER Bergen) - A multidisciplinary research unit at the University of Bergen. The aim of IMER is to contribute to research-based knowledge about international migration, not least related to European countries, including the consequences of immigration and emigration for societies.
International Organization for Migration (IOM) - A Geneva-based intergovernmental organization dealing with a wide range of aspects related to legal and illegal migration. The website features a number of downloadable reports and studies on human trafficking.
Magkaisa Centre - A Filipino community centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Working for genuine settlement and integration for Filipinos in Canada.
Migrant Integration Policy Index - A fully interactive tool and reference guide to assess, compare and improve integration policy. Using 148 policy indicators MIPEX creates a rich, multi-dimensional picture of migrants' opportunities to participate in society by assessing governments' commitment to integration. By measuring policies and their implementation it reveals whether all residents are guaranteed equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities.
Migration Information Source - Authoritative data from numerous global organizations and governments, and global analysis of international migration and refugee trends.
Migration Museums - UNESCO and the IOM work together to promote exchange of information and experiences on the history of immigration and the memories of migrants, notably through helping to set up and develop museums in receiving countries. Examples:
Migration Policy Group - An independent European organisation committed to policy development on migration and mobility, and diversity and anti-discrimination by facilitating the exchange between stakeholders from all sectors of society, with the aim of contributing to innovative and effective responses to the challenges posed by migration and diversity.
Mississippi Immigrants' Rights Alliance (MIRA) - Membership is based on a desire to help improve laws and public policy affecting
immigrants, and working people of color; involves participation in solidarity actions to protect and expand the rights of immigrants; seeks to unite all people of color and with a commitment to social justice by educating the non-immigrant community in Mississippi on immigrant issues, educating immigrant workers of their rights, and uniting human rights advocates in Mississippi on local, statewide, and national immigrants rights agendas.
Movimiento Cosecha - A nonviolent movement working to win permanent protection, dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented people in the United States. Its sanctuary campaigns defend communities, expose repression, build rapid response teams, and establish places of protection and resistance for the immigrant community.
National Immigration Forum - Dedicated to embracing and upholding America's tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country.
National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) - A partner of Heartland Human Care Services. Dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC) - A national support center whose mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low income immigrants and their family members. NILC staff specialize in immigration law, and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants.
National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED) - The role of INED is to study the population of France and the world from all angles. Its research is based upon two complementary objectives: to analyse the components of population growth (fertility, mortality, migration), and to identify the links between demographic trends and the historical, socioeconomic and legal context of the societies concerned.
National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) - A national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.
New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City - An interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together.
New Sanctuary Movement - Working to change the conversation the U.S. is having about immigration. Wants to keep the families together and to stop raids and deportations.
No More Deaths (No Mas Muertes) - No More Deaths volunteers have been working around the clock in Nogales to provide deported migrants with food, water, medical help and information. Border patrol vehicles and buses drop migrants off 24-hours a day - most in need of food and water and many requiring medical attention.
No One Is Illegal - A grassroots anti-colonial migrant justice group with leadership from members of migrant and/or racialized backgrounds. Based in Burnaby, British Columbia.
No Papers, No Fear - Organized to share information on how to fight deportations and against those who seek to criminalize immigrant communities. Supports actions by undocumented students, including coming out of the shadows, civil disobedience, and occupations of electoral offices.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project - Promoting justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocate and community education.
NotOneMoreDeportation - A campaign made of individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
Office of Authentication, U.S. Department of State - Responsible for providing authentication service to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals on all documents that will be used overseas. Types of documents include corporate documents such as company bylaws and articles of incorporation, power of attorney, patent applications and trademarks, diplomas, transcripts, letters relating to degrees, non-marital status, references and job certifications, home studies, deeds of assignments, distributorship agreements, papers for adoption purposes, etc.
Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action (PILA) - Works to increase immigrant civic and political activism to strengthen democracy and advance social justice. PILA provides training and technical assistance to Bay Area organizations and communities to support grassroots leadership development and movement-building electoral organizing.
Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) - Promotes: respect for the basic social rights (such as the right to health care, the right to shelter, the right to education and training, the right to a minimum subsistence, the right to family life, the right to moral and physical integrity, the right to legal aid, the right to organise and the right to fair labour conditions) of undocumented migrants; regularisation of undocumented migrants; and respect for human rights and humane treatment during the process of involuntary return of undocumented migrants. PICUM is a member of the following global and European NGO networks:
European Anti- Poverty Network - A representative network of NGOs and groups involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion in EU member states.
Migrants' Rights International - A federation of migrants' rights organisations, trade unions and faith-based groups within the various global regions promoting and defending the human rights of migrants. PICUM is a member of the Steering Committe of MRI.
Social Platform - A network which promotes social justice and participatory democracy by voicing the concerns of its member organisations.
Praxis - Aims to help new residents integrate in the UK, both to their benefit and that of their new community. These men and women often come to the UK as economic migrants, with the aim of finding work so that they can send money to their families at home. Praxis helps these people, who frequently arrive alone and with no knowledge of the English language, to cope with the most basic requirements of daily life such as putting a roof over their heads, the means to buy food until they can work and help in finding a job.
Pro Asyl - A working group comprised of refugee councils, churches, unions as well as welfare and human rights organizations, that have come together to protect refugees rights and to give voice to their concerns.
Puente Human Rights Movement - A grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Fighting "law" enforcement that criminalizes people through racial profiling, police-ICE collaboration, and the detention and deportation system.
Refugee Council - The largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees.
RefWorld - Refworld contains a vast collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks. The information has been carefully selected and compiled from UNHCR's global network of field offices, Governments, international, regional and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and judicial bodies.
Rural Migration News (RMN) - RMN summarizes and analyzes the most important migration-related issues affecting immigrant farm workers in California and the United States during the preceding quarter.
San Francisco Sanctuary Ordinance: Administrative Code Chapter 12H: Immigration Status - "No department, agency, commission, officer or employee of the City and County of San Francisco shall use any City funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law or to gather or disseminate information regarding the immigration status of individuals in the City and County of San Francisco unless such assistance is required by federal or State statute, regulation or court decision."
Stalker's Guide to International Migration - This guide offers a quick overview of the issues surrounding international migration. Some of the material comes from Peter Stalker's first book on migration, 'The Work of Strangers'. More recent information has been extracted from the No-Nonsense Guide to International Migration.
TRAC Immigration - Comprehensive, independent and nonpartisan information about U.S. federal immigration enforcement. Statistics on INS immigration enforcement. Data on prosecutions, sentencing, staffing, etc.
Transatlantic Perspectives - Traces transcultural perspectives on Europe and the emergence of hybrid European identities among European migrants - including long- and short-term immigrants as well as emigres - in the United States, and the role these migrants played in transnational transfers between 1930 and 1980. Also see Archives and Libraries pages, providing links for researchers to materials related to migration and perspectives on Europe.
Travel.State.Gov (Bureau of Consular Affairs) - Administer laws, formulates regulations and implements policies relating to a broad range of consular services provided to American citizens abroad. Advises and supports embassies and consulates around the world in such matters as deaths, arrests, robberies, citizenship and nationality, federal benefits, notarization of documents, international parental child abduction and international adoptions. Issues Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements concerning conditions in countries where Americans may be planning to visit or reside. Issues passports to U.S. citizens. Major informational sections include:
Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process - On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.
Laws - Information on laws, regulations and interpretations controlling immigration and the work of the immigration-related components of the Department of Homeland Security.
Resources - Provides informational materials for all USCIS customers, including those going through the naturalization process, individuals looking to bring family into the United States, families looking to adopt a child from abroad and more. 'How Do I?' customer guides provide helpful information regarding immigration benefits. Also, a glossary of immigration terms and acronyms.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - One of the Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.
This site includes information regarding procedures and systems
related to the processing of carriers, cargo/merchandise, and persons entering and departing the U.S. at ports of entry; assessing and collecting
duties, detecting and intercepting contraband, including drugs, insuring that importations meet the requirements for legal entry, properly classifying
merchandise, and verifying import statistics.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - Responsible, in United States, for identifying, investigating, and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security. ICE has two primary components: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ICE is charged with the investigation and enforcement of over 400 federal statutes within the United States, and maintains attachés at major U.S. embassies overseas. See Wikipedia. Also see:
UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) - Following the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict UNRWA was established by United Nations General Assembly resolution 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949 to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. UNRWA is unique in terms of its long-standing commitment to one group of refugees and its contributions to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestine refugees.
US-VISIT at the Department of Homeland Security - Part of a continuum of security measures that begins overseas, when a person applies for a visa to travel to the United States, and continues on through entry and exit at U.S. air and seaports and, eventually, at land border crossings.
Workpermit - Provides immigration and visa services for most of the English speaking world and the EU.
Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (DHS) - A compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., admitted as immigrants or became legal permanent residents), were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis (e.g., tourists, students, or workers), applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration law enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and prosecutions. In addition to the Yearbook, the Office of Immigration Statistics Annual Flow Reports and Annual Reports provide text, tables, and charts on legal permanent residents, refugees and asylees, nonimmigrant admissions, naturalizations, and enforcement actions.
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