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First Steps: An LIRS Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants Released from Detention will help you find support and assistance while you build a new life in the United States. The main guide is recommended for use by lawyers, case managers, church partners, or other service providers to aid clients in understanding the complex system of rights and benefits available to them and empower clients to access their rights; as well as for use by migrants themselves.
The status-specific supplements are intended for migrant populations to use themselves. They are shorter, are filled with the most critical information for migrants according to status, and relate back to the main guide. Status-specific supplements are currently available for those with the following statuses:
- Asylum Seekers
- Lawful Permanent Residents
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If you have recently been released from immigration detention: this guide will help you find support and assistance while you build a new life in the United States (U.S.). If you fled from your home country to seek protection in the U.S., this guide will help you find legal and community support during the last part of your journey to safety. If you are a lawyer, case manager, or otherwise provide services to newcomers, this guide may help you find information that will empower your clients to understand and access their rights.
This guide aims to provide information and resources to help you make your way from your home country, possibly through immigration detention, to a situation of safety and security in the U.S. It provides very important information on your rights, responsibilities, and eligibility for basic services and benefits such as healthcare, education, and other necessities. It also provides information on community and cultural groups to help you feel at home in America. It has many details, so if you do not understand something, take it to your lawyer or case manager, and ask them to explain it to you.
This handout provides information on rights, responsibilities, and benefits available specifically for individuals seeking asylum in the United States. It discusses important issues, problems, and questions that come up throughout the asylum seeking process.
This handout provides a short summary of information found in the LIRS publication titled, First Steps: An LIRS Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants Released from Detention, referred to here as the “Guide.” The Guide is a much longer document that provides important detailed information for asylum seekers, as well as refugees, asylees, and those who are seeking or have “withholding of removal” or protection under the Convention Against Torture. Other supplements or handouts will be available for those with different statuses, such as lawful permanent residents, and those seeking protection from other crimes, abuse, or human trafficking.
This resource provides specific information on rights, responsibilities, and benefits for lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as permanent resident aliens, legal permanent residents, and green card holders.
It is intended to supplement LIRS’s publication titled, First Steps: An LIRS Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants Released from Detention. This document provides brief, status-specific information for LPRs. However, you should consult the First Steps guide, referenced here as “the Guide,” for more detailed information and resources. It is available at www.lirs.org/firststeps.For more detailed information on topics that appear in this publication, please refer to the following sections in the Guide:
- Section One for general information, tips, and resources for living in the U.S. as an immigrant, including what to do in an emergency and how to find important resources.
- Section Two for details on legal rights and responsibilities, including information on legal services, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, your rights when arrested or detained, and requirements for changing your address, among other topics.
- Section Three for information on basic services and needs, including details on benefits, healthcare, education, and housing.
- Section Four for information on integration and community support, including religious and cultural groups, emotional support, financial tips, and lists of helpful resources including legal services.
Important! This guide provides information about the law; however, you should always consult with a lawyer if you have legal questions. Do not rely on this guide instead of seeking the advice of a lawyer. This resource has information about how to find a lawyer.