Category: Citizenship

Prepare for Presidential primary March 10

Ready for the Presidential Primary?

Washington State starts voting for president in the Presidential Primary Election on March 10.   What is a primary election?  During this election, Washington residents choose their favorite Democratic or Republican candidate for president to help the political parties choose their nominee later this year. We will vote again on November 3rd in the general election to choose the president.  What is…

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Two men with arms around their shoulders, for Census 2020: for our present and our future

ReWA partners with Census 2020

ReWA partners with Census 2020 so refugee communities get counted! In the last Census, the under-count cost King County hundreds of millions in federal funding. This year, ReWA is partnering with Census 2020 to make sure historically under-counted refugee and immigrant communities get their fair share of resources for education, housing, transportation, and more. On March 12, the Census 2020 form will be…

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ReWA client consults with their case manager

Public Charge rule: Get the Facts

In late January, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) announced that the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) public charge rule  would go into effect while legal challenges are heard in lower courts.   Most of ReWA clients are refugees and asylees and therefore exempt from the public charge rule. However, the steady stream of anti-immigrant policies from the…

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ReWA lawyer and client who received his Green Card after 4 years of delays

A green card changes everything

After four years of delay, “Abdi” (left) finally received his Green Card. Pictured with his ReWA attorney, Oksana Bilobran. “Congratulations on receiving your Green Card!” “Abdi” had waited four years to hear these words, anxiously checking his mail box and repeatedly meeting with his ReWA immigration attorney, Oksana. Abdi and his family arrived from Somalia as refugees in 2014 and…

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ReWA staff and volunteers assist with immigration and citizenship applications at a recent Citizenship Clinic.

Citizenship Clinic helps 43 clients

ReWA’s Citizenship Clinic in Lake City last month was packed to capacity and served 43 people from 22 countries. Our Citizenship Program staff members, Oksana Bilobran, Annie Henderson, and Yennhi Le, as well as volunteers and staff from our clinic partner, International Rescue Committee, completed at least 23 naturalization applications.  Under the Trump Administration the backlog of citizenship applications processed…

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