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  • The center is open from Mon-Fri 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. for emergencies and appointments ONLY. • El centro está abierto de lunes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 4 p.m. SOLO para emergencias y citas. • You can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding Covid-19 here.
  • INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

    Individual and Family Support Services assist clients with medical, legal, and social challenges. We have on-site resources and connect with other community-based organizations to make sure that every client has the support they need to succeed.

    Health and Human Services

    Health and Wellness Day

    We work with partners to provide many on-site services including:

    • Health & wellness days (includes free dental cleanings)
    • Support for completing job applications
    • Recovery of unpaid wages*
    • Free AARP tax preparation assistance*
    • Assistance with applying for a Drive Only driver’s License *
    • Translation services (English-Spanish and Spanish-English)
    • Presentations and workshops
    • Standby guardianship documents

    Referrals to community resources for:

    • Medical and mental health services
    • Housing and homelessness assistance
    • Domestic violence and substance abuse issues

    *Please see schedule below

    School and Community Engagement

    Uconn

    We work with families to address the achievement gap among immigrant children in Stamford Public Schools:

    • Homework and Enrichment Club*
    • Individual and small group tutoring
    • POWER (Parent Organizing Program)
    • Summer Reading Program
    • Ferguson Library Bookmobile
    • Family Nights
    • Life skills workshops

    *Please see schedule below

    Immigration Legal Services

    Immigration News

    Supreme Court deals setback to TPS holders

    June 13, 2021

    On  June 7th, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Sanchez v. Mayorkas that immigrants who entered the U.S. without inspection and were subsequently granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) cannot qualify for permanent residency without leaving the country.  The Court ruled that Adjustment of Status to obtain lawful permanent residency in the U.S. is solely for noncitizens who were inspected at the border and admitted by an immigration officer.  Therefore, a majority of the approximate…

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    B1C honors Judge Robert Katzmann, distinguished jurist and founder of Immigrant Justice Corps

    June 12, 2021

    Building One Community honors the memory of Judge Robert A. Katzmann, who died this past week. Among his many professional and personal contributions, Judge Katzmann created the Immigrant Justice Corps, a program that enables recent law school graduates to gain in-depth experience in immigration law and represent immigrants that are facing nearly impossible odds for…

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    New TPS for Haiti authorized

    May 24, 2021

    The government announced that Haiti will be redesignated for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) as a result of conditions in the country. Haitians in the U.S. as of May 21, 2021 will be able to apply for TPS for two years and apply for work permits. Haitians currently covered by previous TPS designations will be able…

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    Census documents the slowdown in population growth

    May 10, 2021

    According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. population growth during the last decade was the slowest since the 1930s. From 2010 to 2020 the U.S. population grew by 7.4%, which is the second lowest rate since the U.S. began taking a decennial census in 1790. The lowest rate was during the Great Depression era. Economists…

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    Webinar on Venezuela TPS available online

    May 7, 2021

    The webinar on Venezuela TPS is available here. The one-hour conversation with leading immigration attorneys provided a framework for understanding the requirements for TPS, the benefits and risks of applying, and how to prepare the applications. In conjunction with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Lower Fairfield County Immigration Collaborative,…

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    Consulate Closures

    April 29, 2021

    As of April 8th, 2021, 76% of U.S. consulates remain fully or partially closed to visa processing to safeguard against the pandemic. This affects 71% of all visa applicants. While President Biden ended President Trump’s immigrant visa ban, this number of closures essentially continues the ban on legal immigration. According to a February 2021 State…

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    B1C to host webinar on Venezuela TPS

    April 22, 2021

    B1C will host a webinar on Venezuela TPS on May 4, 2021. The webinar will provide information on the process and requirements for applying for TPS from immigration attorneys. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions. The webinar will be followed by optional free consultations with immigration attorneys on May 22d. The flyer includes…

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    Unaccompanied Minors

    April 15, 2021

    The surge in crossings at the southern border increases the number of unaccompanied minors in Connecticut. In March, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it expected to see the southern border receive more immigrants than in the last 20 years. Most adults will be sent back to their home countries, and only unaccompanied minors…

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    Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela

    March 29, 2021

    On March 8, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Venezuelans eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This new designation allows Venezuelan nationals (and individuals that last resided in Venezuela) currently living in the United States to file for TPS. During the 18-month period, TPS recipients can legally live and work…

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    Dream & Promise Act passage in House is a first step toward residency for Dreamers and TPS holders

    March 21, 2021

    Enactment remains uncertain The House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act by a vote of 228-197 on March 18.  The bill provides a path to residency to about 3 million immigrants. It covers Dreamers – young people who came to the U.S. as children – and holders of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), most…

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