Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition Filing Assistance

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    Programs that assist in filing petitions by refugees or asylees who are seeking to obtain derivative refugee status for their spouses and unmarried children younger than age 21. Petitions must be filed within two years of the arrival of the petitioner in the United States (i.e., within two years of gaining refugee or asylee status), and evidence substantiating spousal and/or family relationships must be filed. The spousal relationship must have existed prior to the petitioner's admission, and must currently exist. These programs may also assist in filing Affidavits of Relationship (AORs) by refugees, asylees, lawful permanent residents and citizens on behalf of family members who have fled their home country in cases where the country has been designated by the U.S. as a "refugee-eligible" country. Refugees, asylees and lawful permanent residents may file AORs for their spouses, parents, unmarried children of any age and orphaned nieces and nephews younger than age 21. Citizens may file for siblings and grandparents. AORs are processed by overseas Joint Voluntary Agencies or U.S. embassies and consulates. There is no time limit for filing an AOR.

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    African Cultural Alliance of North America - Refugee/Asylee ProgramThrough its outreach services, case management, information & referral and life skills workshops, this program provides assistance to African immigrants. The Objectives : - Provides case management and referral services and help new Americans, especially, African refugees and asylees access services and programs they are eligible for in greater numbers. - Provide culturally appropriate orientation on adjusting to the American way of life to newly arrived African/Caribbean refugees/asylees. - Eliminating impediments through education and resource mobilization. - Assisting refugees and asylees to gain self sufficiency by helping them to access training, language skills, re certification, etc. - Assisting African older refugees and asylees access needed services. - Provides after school programs to refugee and asylee youth through ACANA’s cultural training and after school and youth development program. PhiladelphiaAfrican Cultural Alliance of North America, Inc. (ACANA) -Philadelphia; KingsessingAfrican Cultural Alliance of North America

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