ASIA, Inc. provides comprehensive immigration legal services to low– and moderate-income immigrants
and refugees across Ohio. Our services include:
- Consular processing;
- Applying for U.S. citizenship;
- Applying for or renewing a green card;
- Change of non-immigrant visa status;
- Immigration case follow-up with USCIS representation;
- Family-based immigration case including fiancee visas (K-visa);
- Humanitarian immigration benefits including Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), self-petitions, U/T visas; and more!
We offer services throughout Ohio at our offices in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, we provide interpreters for those whose primary language isn’t English. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 216-881-0330.
One of the general eligibility requirements of becoming a U.S. citizen stipulates that the applicant must be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language and have knowledge of U.S. government and history. However, this eligibility requirement may be a prohibitive obstacle for legal permanent residents (LPRs) who are elderly, low-income, low-literate or illiterate, limited English proficient (LEP), and/or have a disability.
ASIA has created these information sheets in English, Burmese, Chinese, Karen, Korean, and Nepali to provide information regarding options available to vulnerable LPRs pursuing their pathway to U.S. citizenship.
The services described above in this webpage are supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number 2011-CS-010-000035. The views and conclusions contained in this webpage are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this webpage.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles can answer questions about the new DAPA and DACA programs through their Asian language hotlines, which also offer assistance in the following areas of law: family, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. Those interested in receiving information as it becomes available email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)has a new Multilingual Resource Center which contains all materials offered in foreign languages. The following resources are excerpted from the USCIS website:
English Portion of New Naturalization Test
Civics Portion of New Naturalization Test
Quick Civics Lessons, click here
Civics (History and Government) 100 Questions and Answers revised on 03/2011:
Civics Flash Cards, click here.
Civics Questions for the 65/20 Exemption:
- 22,000 undocumented immigrants reside with a US citizen child in Ohio. If these immigrants are able to apply for deferred action, it would lead to a $36 million increase in tax revenues, over five years.
- The Administrative Relief Resource Center is a project of the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI), which Advancing Justice is a member of. The site includes a growing number of resources for both practitioners and community members.
- Own the Dream includes extensive DACA resources.
- iAmerica will soon include resources in Asian languages (Korean, Chinese, and Tagalog).
- National Immigration Law Center resources include a one-page overview, and FAQs on DAPA & DACA Expansion, stateside waiver of 3- and 10-year bars, DACA renewal, as well as information for first time DACA applicants.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Toolkit (English 11/24/2014)
- Deferred Action for Parental Accountability Toolkit (Coming Soon)
- How Obama’s Executive Action Will Impact Immigrants, By Birth Country (Pew Research)
- Immigrants in Western States Most Likely to Benefit From Executive Action (Pew Research)
- AILA’s Take on President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action Plan
- Executive Action on Immigration Preliminary Analysis (Advancing Justice | AAJC) NEW RESOURCE
- Public Service Announcement Warning Against Immigration Scams
- Includes a Chinese language announcement warning against notario fraud.
- Top 10 Ways You Can Prepare for Executive Action on Immigration (NILC)
- Summary of Administrative Relief (Administrative Relief Resource Center)
- Enforcement Changes in President’s Executive Action on Immigration (Advancing Justice | AAJC)
On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has been accepting “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) applications since August 15, 2012. DACA-eligible individuals are also known as ‘DREAMers’.
Guides: How Do I Request Consideration for DACA?
LGBT Dreamers Fund
Financial assistance available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer DREAMers
The MAVNI program which allows certain legal, non-citizen to enlist in the Army and apply for expedited citizenship without obtaining a green card. Eligible individuals may participate in MAVNI through one of two tracks: 1) Language Recruits; and 2) Healthcare Professionals.
Funded by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), ASIA, Inc. offers bilingual and English citizenship classes throughout Northeast Ohio. Eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) are encouraged to apply for the class. As a participant, ASIA, Inc. can additionally provide legal assistance with the naturalization process. The six-week course prepares students to take the oral and written citizenship test and classes are available at various locations throughout Northeast Ohio. As a student, you will learn about American history, how the U.S. government operates, and practice the 100 civics question for the naturalization test. The program
*The project works in partnership with Cleveland Catholic Charities’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services, Community Legal Aid and the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
This Program was made possible in part by a Grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. With the permission of Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), the translation of these LawFacts Brochures was completed by Asian Services In Action, Inc., which was financially assisted by the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF). The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
The LawFacts pamphlet series provides general information for consumers about the most commonly encountered legal issues.
Some of the LawFacts pamphlets have been translated from English into several Asian languages by Asian Services in Action, Inc., with funding from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. Asian Services in Action, Inc. is not an affiliate, subsidiary, or related person or entity to the Ohio State Bar Association. The Ohio State Bar Association makes no representations or warranties as to thOLS_logo_web1e accuracy or completeness of the translations. Please be aware that the translation process may have affected the accuracy of legal meanings. The LawFacts pamphlet series is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice concerning specific situations. For legal advice, you should always consult with an attorney who has knowledge of the law that applies to your particular situation and jurisdiction.