La pasión de servicio de una voluntaria fue encendida nuevamente

Shobhana Kasturi ha colaborado como voluntaria con World Relief desde diciembre de 2014. Como abogada voluntaria, Shobhana ayuda en nuestro Departamento de Servicios Legales de Inmigración realizando la evaluación legal de casos y preparándolos conjuntamente con otros miembros del equipo, así como asistiendo con eventos de divulgación. Estas son algunas de las tantas tareas que ha realizado para asistir a nuestros abogados y consejeros de inmigración.

Hannah Kiefer, Coordinadora de Voluntarios de World Relief Chicago, tuvo la oportunidad de pasar un rato charlando con Shobhana sobre su experiencia con la organización.

¿Cuál ha sido su experiencia asistiendo en nuestro Departamento de Servicios Legales de Inmigración?

“. . . He visto clientes que vienen sintiéndose desesperanzados y abatidos, y luego, cuando salen de una consulta, hay alegría y optimismo, porque se les ha dado alguna esperanza. Veo que cada consejero y abogado quiere ayudar genuinamente.”

“No es inusual que [los clientes] vengan y den suvenires, agradecimientos, traigan comida, etc. Algunos vienen y se sientan y quieren charlar porque ahora su relación ha evolucionado. Ha trascendido incluso esa relación [de servicio]. Eso dice mucho acerca de los servicios que se proporcionan. Significa que el cliente ha sido afectado positivamente por el trabajo que se ha hecho. ”

¿Qué tipo de desafíos y/o alegrías ha experimentado durante su servicio como voluntaria?

“. . . el programa de Servicios Legales de Inmigración de World Relief. . . proporciona un mejor cuidado y atención a pesar de que [hay] una gran cantidad de casos que pasan por el mismo. No siento que los clientes sean un número. Sus abogados y consejeros los conocen por su nombre. Conocen sus casos de arriba a abajo. Si fueras ahora mismo y le preguntaras [a un miembro del personal] sobre un caso, podrían recitar fácilmente todos los detalles. El nivel de dedicación y cuidado es realmente muy alto.”

“Si tienes compasión cuando estás abogando por tus clientes, logras un impacto tan significativo. Es por eso que tienen tan buena reputación.”

Shobhana tuvo observaciones adicionales para compartir.

“[El Departamento no sólo] les proporciona servicios legales, sino que también les dan esperanza, una pequeña luz de esperanza. El abogar por los derechos de otros nos es una tarea mecánica, sino que se combina con la pasión y el deseo de lograr su éxito.”

“Ésta ha sido mi experiencia y es por eso que quiero seguir teniendo una relación con el Departamento

A New Way To Celebrate the Holidays

Even though October is barely over yet, you’ve probably noticed that Christmas decorations are popping up in a variety of places. The fact that people are focusing on  Christmas already, before Thanksgiving has been celebrated, elicits many different responses from people. As shoppers begin to gear up for the Christmas season, retailers everywhere are gearing up for our nation’s unofficial national shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Most people know that these shopping days exist, but did you know that there is also an unofficial global day for giving?

On Tuesday, November 29th people all across the world will participate in #GivingTuesday. The focus of this movement is to encourage people to give to their local charities in any way that they are able to. This is a way to celebrate the holidays that we here at World Relief Chicago are pretty pumped about!

World Relief Chicago would like to invite you to participate in #GivingTuesday by building a Welcome Kit for a refugee family. When refugees arrive here, they often don’t have necessary household items. Providing a Welcome Kit for a family not only provides them with items that they need, it also shows them that they are welcome and that it is important to us that they feel at ease in their new home.

A Welcome Kit could be something that you and your family do together to positively impact the life of a refugee family. Or you could spread the word to your church and inspire a Welcome Kit drive. No matter how you chose to go about giving, you will be providing much needed materials as well as assurance that a family is welcome in their new and unfamiliar country.

While you’re preparing to do your part on #GivingTuesday, feel free to let others know about this global day of giving, as well as our Welcome Kits, while using the Giving Tuesday hashtag!

Learn more about the #GivingTuesday movement at https://www.givingtuesday.org/

Learn more about our Welcome Kits at http://worldreliefchicago.org/welcome-kits

The Road to Citizenship

With Election Day 2016 drawing near, one thing is sure to be on the mind of every U.S. citizen – voting.

 

This year’s vote is particularly significant for the approximately 680,000 individuals who have become naturalized U.S. citizens each year since Election Day 2012; this election will be their first opportunity to cast their vote for President.

 

While the benefits of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen are immense, so are the eligibility requirements.  To apply to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, a U.S. legal permanent resident must satisfy all of the following general eligibility requirements*:

 

  1. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of filing;
  2. Be a legal permanent resident of the United States for a required period of time;
  3. Have lived within the state or USCIS district where he/she claims residence for at least 3 months prior to filing;
  4. Have demonstrated physical presence within the United States for a required period of time;
  5. Have demonstrated continuous residence for a required period of time;
  6. Demonstrate good moral character;
  7. Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution;
  8. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of U.S. history and government, as well as an ability to read, write, speak and understand basic English; and
  9. Take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

 

In our Immigration Legal Services department, we recognize the complexities of the application process.  Therefore, it is our goal to provide affordable, reliable, quality legal services to members of our immigrant communities seeking U.S. citizenship.  One way we have been able to accomplish this is though assisting eligible U.S. legal permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship through in-office appointments and naturalization workshops.

 

If you or someone you know is interested in determining legal eligibility for U.S. citizenship, please call our Immigrant Legal Services department at 773-583-3010. For additional information on World Relief Chicago’s Immigrant Legal Services department, please visit http://worldreliefchicago.org/immigrant-legal-services.

 

Although any naturalization applications submitted now will not be adjudicated in time for Election Day 2016, once granted, a naturalized U.S. citizen will be able to exercise his or her right to vote in any local, state, or Federal election in the future!

 

*The contents of this blog post are intended to convey general information only and not to provide legal advice or opinions.  For advice on specific legal issues, please contact our Immigrant Legal Services department.