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Government and Immigration

Please remember that neither Hispanic Alliance, our Legal Team, or any of the agencies listed can provide you with legal advice. If you have questions specific to your case, please call (864) 256-0760 and HA staff will connect you with a list of trusted legal professionals.

The COVID-19 outbreak has created massive changes to administrative policies and legal rights on a state and national level. Read information from SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center below (Spanish and English) to be informed of the latest updates and how they could affect you or your legal clients. Visit their website below for bilingual information on the following COVID-19 social justice issues.

  • Immigration Enforcement Policy Changes

  • Changes to SC Eviction Policies

  • Your Right to Public Utilities

  • Who can apply for unemployment insurance

  • How to access public benefits

  • How to access healthcare without insurance

  • Protecting Yourself from Scams

  • Changes to home foreclosure policies . . . and more!

Learn about the rights and resources for agricultural workers, the different types of farmworkers, the growth of the H2A Program, the complaint process and the continued efforts from the Department of Labor to keep these essential workers safe and informed during the pandemic. Carmen Rodriguez, Community Outreach and Planning Specialist, U.S. Dept.of Labor is interviewed by Ivan Segura, Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division Program Manager, SC Commission for Minority Affairs.

The 2020 Naturalization Civics Test phased out on April 19, 2021, for initial test takers. Applicants filing on or after March 1, 2021, will take the 2008 civics test. To ease the transition, applicants who filed their application for naturalization on, or after Dec. 1, 2020, and before March 1, 2021, will be given the option to take either the 2020 civics test or the 2008 civics test. If you have questions, make sure to consult with your immigration attorney.

The Public Charge rule has been reversed. Immigrant families can once again access the health, nutrition, and housing assistance programs without fear. On March 9th, the Biden Administration announced that it was not in the public interest to defend the Trump Administration changes to the public charge immigration rule and the U.S. Supreme Court, meaning the long standing 1999 version of the rule is now in effect.

Venezuelans have been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective March 9, 2021, through Sept. 9, 2022. Venezuelan nationals and individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela may submit an initial registration application under the designation for TPS for Venezuela during the 180-day registration period that begins March 9, 2021, and ends on Sept. 5, 2021.

Families that have at least one adult with an SSN and active work authorization can now receive a stimulus payment for all household members with an SSN. These families are entitled to receive the new stimulus payment, as well as the first round of stimulus. People who file taxes using an ITIN number are still not eligible for stimulus payments. For the most current information, including how to check the status of your payments, how to claim your stimulus payment, and how to get free help from IRS partners to file your taxes if you need to, visit IRS Economic Impact Payment website.

DACA United SC is scheduling appointments to fill out initial DACA applications for South Carolina residents only. The screenings are facilitated by trained volunteers. To start your process please schedule an appointment.  

Recommended by our HA Legal Team for immigration-specific legal information!

CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) promotes the rights of immigrants and provides information resources for legal professionals.  AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) is one of the highest regarded professional associations and authorities on immigration law.