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COVID-19 Pandemic Assistance Project for Immigrants Affected by the Pandemic (DRAI)

CA Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants / Proyecto de Asistencia para Inmigrantes Afectados por la Pandemia de COVID-19 (DRAI) is a California-funded program that provides financial assistance to undocumented immigrants affected by COVID-19. Qualifying undocumented adults can receive $ 500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $ 1,000 per household. This help will only be provided once.

We recognize that while many individuals have received DRAI, many more will not despite their need, patience, and sustained effort. We will continue connecting applicants to other resources including food assistance and legal services.

During COVID-19 we are helping the most vulnerable members of our community.


DRAI

COVID-19 has brought many challenges to our community such as job losses, food shortages, financial limitations, and housing instability. The crisis has impacted us all, including undocumented Californians. To help this community that has also been economically affected by the pandemic, the state of California has created the Covid-19 Affected Immigrant Assistance Project (DRAI ), which will provide financial aid to undocumented immigrants who they are not eligible for other assistance due to their immigration status. These funds can only be requested once.

Catholic Charities is one of 12 nonprofits in all of California that will help distribute DRAI funds to immigrants from Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties. This financial aid will be delivered to immigrants and their families who have experienced economic difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $ 75 million state funding is expected to reach some 150,000 undocumented adults in California. The qualifying person will receive $ 500 in direct assistance with a maximum of $ 1,000 per household.

IMPORTANT DRAI UPDATE: As widely reported, the demand for the California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) project has been historic and massive across California. As of June 9, 2020, all the DRAI funds allocated by the state for Marin County have been committed and we are no longer accepting applications for those living in Marin. We are also getting close to dispersing all of the DRAI funds in San Francisco (86% processed) and San Mateo (49% processed) and encourage people to continue calling 415-324-1011.

We recognize that while many individuals have received DRAI, many more will not despite their need, patience, and sustained effort. We will continue connecting applicants to other resources including food assistance and legal services.

San Francisco and San Mateo residents may still apply for CA Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) by calling 415-324-1011 from 8 AM - 8 PM, Mondays through Saturdays, beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. To facilitate the application process an email account is vital to send the required documentation to us. 

ACTUALIZACIÓN IMPORTANTE DEL PROYECTO DRAI: Como se ha informado ampliamente, la demanda del Proyecto de Asistencia para Inmigrantes Afectados por la Pandemia de COVID-19 (DRAI) ha sido histórica y masiva en todo California. A partir del 9 de junio de 2020, los fondos DRAI asignados por el estado para el Condado de Marín se han comprometido y ya no aceptaremos nuevas solicitudes para quienes viven en Marín. En el Condado de San Francisco ya se ha comprometido el 86% de los fondos y en San Mateo el 49 por ciento. Alentamos a los residentes de San Francisco y San Mateo a continuar llamando al 415-324-1011.

Reconocemos que si bien muchas personas han recibido esta ayuda, muchas más no lo harán a pesar de su necesidad y todo el esfuerzo que han puesto en este proceso. Continuaremos conectando a los solicitantes con otros recursos, incluida asistencia alimenticia y servicios legales de inmigración.

Para aplicar por la ayuda financiera del Proyecto de Asistencia para Inmigrantes Afectados por la Pandemia de COVID-19 (DRAI), llame al número 415-324-1011 de lunes a sábado de 8 AM a 8 PM. Esta línea está abierta a partir del lunes 18 de mayo de 2020. Para facilitar este proceso tener una cuenta de correo electrónico es vital para enviarnos la documentación requerida.

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Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services

We are continuing to offer our vital legal immigration services during the mandatory shelter-in-place ordinance. As your safety and health and that of our employees is our top priority during this pandemic, we are conducting all consultations by appointment and over the phone. To start the process, please visit our application page.

Continuamos ofreciendo nuestros servicios vitales de inmigración legal durante la ordenanza obligatoria de refugio en el lugar. Como su seguridad y salud y la de nuestros empleados es nuestra máxima prioridad durante esta pandemia, estamos realizando todas las consultas por cita y por teléfono. Para comenzar el proceso, visite nuestra página de solicitud.

We are conducting all consultations by appointment and over the phone.


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Our key mission is to assist clients in achieving legal status and economic self-sufficiency, as well as, becoming fully active participants in the social and civic life of our communities.

We serve our clients through a variety of services both before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the immigration court.

Our key mission is to assist clients in achieving legal status and economic self-sufficiency, as well as, becoming fully active participants in the social and civic life of our communities.

We serve our clients through a variety of services both before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the immigration court.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS, FILED WITH USCIS, include:

FAMILY REUNIFICATION

·    Family-based petitions
·    Adjustment of status
·    Consular processing
·    Waivers of Unlawful Presence

VICTIMS OF CRIMES or PERSECUTION

·  U Visa
·  T Visa
·  VAWA (domestic violence)
·  Political Asylum

OTHER

·  Naturalization
·  Special Immigrant
·  Juvenile Status
·  DACA (Dreamers)
·  TPS

POTENTIAL REMEDIES IN IMMIGRATION COURT, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN PLACED IN DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS AND HAVE A HEARING BEFORE A JUDGE:

·  Bond Hearing
·  Political Asylum
·  Cancellation of Removal

WE ALSO ASSIST WITH:

·  FBI background checks for immigration purposes
·  Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA) requests for immigration files

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