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
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
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
B1C is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as a provider of high quality, low cost immigration legal services. We have a staff immigration attorney and a team of staff and volunteer DOJ representatives who have gone through rigorous training and passed an exam to become accredited and qualified to provide immigration counseling.
Services available at B1C include:
We have an on-site immigration lawyer, as well as a team of certified staff and volunteers to help with family-based and victim-based cases:
- General consultations
- Family Petitions (with Adjustment of Status Applications or consular processing)
- Green Card and Employment Authorization Card renewals
- Temporary Protected Status visas (new and renewal)
- Victim visas (VAWA, U-visa, T-visa)
- Unaccompanied Minors (SIJS) immigration component processing
- Limited court representation (only as part of an application for some form of relief)
- Provisional waivers
Our Immigration Legal Services team also conducts legal clinics, information sessions and educational presentations throughout the community, sometimes in partnership with other organizations.
B1C also provides other types of services, such as ELL and Citizenship classes, translations, notarizations, and wages representation.
Hours and Fees
- Consultations are Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Call for an appointment (203) 674-8585. There is a $40 fee payable in cash or Money Order for the initial consultations.
- If you have already had a consultation and want to start your case, or if you need an appointment on a different day call (203) 674-8585 Ext. 109.
- Depending on the case and the services needed, different fees may apply. Any options and additional services will be discussed in advance.
Understanding Immigrant Rights
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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,…Read More
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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…Read More
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- American Community Survey (ACS) -helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities. It is the premier source for detailed information about the American people and workforce.
- American Immigration Council - Learn more about the costs of immigration enforcement and the ways in which the U.S. can enforce our immigration laws humanely and in a manner that ensures due process.
- CT Students for a Dream
- Domestic Violence Guide: How to Get Help When You Are Scared Of The Consequences
- Economic Policy Institute - Facts About Immigration and the U.S. Economy
- Historical information on immigration - Scholastic
- The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
- Migration Policy Institute - an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide
- National Immigration Law Center - dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.
- New York Immigration Coalition - member organizations that helps foster immigrant community leadership and civic engagement, and puts immigrants at the table in the major public policy debates of the day
- United We Dream - the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation
- Welcoming America - helps communities across the country achieve prosperity by becoming more welcoming toward immigrants and all residents.