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Instructional videos on the immigration process

Innovation Law Lab worked with amazing interpreters, translators, videographers, and attorneys to create a series of instructional videos in English, Spanish, and other languages. The videos cover key parts of the U.S. asylum process but are not a substitute for legal advice from an immigration lawyer on your individual case.

See the self-help FAQs page for links to the videos on YouTube.

How to prepare an asylum application without a lawyer

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project has created a video in Spanish that gives an overview of the I-589 application.

I-589 Instructions and application in Spanish

Information on the I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, including the USCIS Filing Instructions Tool, can be found on USCIS's website in English and in Spanish. These webpages also include the latest I-589 form.

The unofficial Spanish language translations below use an older version of the I-589 form from 2019. You can go to the I-589 page to access the latest version in English.

Understanding your right to an attorney in immigration court

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Tool or Factsheet

Understanding Your Right to an Attorney in Immigration Court

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Tool or Factsheet

Entendiendo tu derecho a un abogado en la Corte de Inmigracion

Appearing in court

Self-help guides for detained immigrants

The U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has assembled a list of self-help guides in English and Spanish that provide information on immigration removal proceedings (deportation) and common forms of relief. The guides are tailored to assist individuals detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Understanding immigration bond

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Tool or Factsheet

Understanding Immigration Bonds

This factsheet helps immigrants who are currently detained understand what an immigration bond is and how to ask for one. Click the title link to access the publication page.

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