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FIRST STEPS


An LIRS Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants released from Detention
 
First Steps helps refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants navigate the complex system of laws, agencies, and public and private systems they must master by providing important information on legal rights, responsibilities, and eligibility for services and benefits such as healthcare and education, according to immigration status.

AVAILABLE IN: English, Spanish, and Korean

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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ASYLUM SEEKERS

A Supplement to First Steps: An LIRS Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants Released from Detention
 
A Supplement to First Steps, where asylum seekers can find information on their legal rights, and specifically how to apply for asylum, including critical deadlines, strategies to avoid becoming ineligible, accessing certain medical and financial benefits, and much more.

AVAILABLE IN: English, Spanish, and Chinese


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LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENTS

A Supplement to First Steps: An LIRS Guide for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants Released from Detention
 
A Supplement to First Steps, where lawful permanent residents can find information on their legal rights, and specifically how to maintain LPR status, becoming a U.S. citizen, traveling abroad, bringing family members, and much more.

AVAILABLE IN: English and Spanish

Testimonials

“Navigating the legal and social services systems as an immigrant are hugely challenging tasks, which are all too often compounded by the misinformation circulating outside our office doors. LIRS has created an amazing resource that addresses not only the resources available, but how they vary and evolve dependent upon status, location, and phase of the immigration process. It’s going to be a great asset for the populations we serve and I cannot wait to start getting this out there!”
—Casie-Lee Miller, Case Manager, Ascentria Care Alliance
“Personally, from the immigrant point of view, I found information extremely helpful and I wish I had this guidance at my fingertips when I first moved to the United States.”
—Migrant and U.S. Citizen