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Past Events

This is the list of all our past events

2014

Attention YOUTH IMMIGRANTS

United Services for Counseling is hosting an informational workshop on eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), initial or renewal.

 

IIf you:


•    had no lawful status on June 15, 2012, or your previous immigration status expired on

      June 15, 2012;
•    were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
•    entered the U.S. before reaching your 16th birthday;
•    continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, till present;
•    were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of filing your

      DACA application;
•    are currently in school or graduated from school;
•    etc.

 

you may be eligible for deferred action and authorized to work in the U.S.

 

At the workshop the immigration legal services provider will give a general information on the eligibility requirements for DACA and will answer questions.

 

Individual consultations may be available after the workshop. If you want an individual consultation, please sign up for it in advance via phone or e-mail.

 

The workshop will take place:


    When:   Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Community Room, Clackamas County Library on Sunnyside
            13793 SE  Sieben Parkway, Clackamas, OR 97015
            Tel.: 503-794-3883

 

The workshop and individual consultations are free.

 

You can reach us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

 

2015

 

Attention Social Services Providers

Working with Immigrant Communities

United Services for Counseling is inviting social services providers to the Forum for Oregon Community Services Providers organized by the Portland based non-profit organizations, including United Services for Counseling, serving immigrants of Oregon.

 

At the Forum immigration legal services providers will give a general information on the eligibility of documented and undocumented immigrants for immigration benefits and will answer your questions.

 

The Forum will take place:


    When:   March 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Where: Catholic Charities,
2740 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Participation in the Forum is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

 

Attention Immigrants and Social Services Providers

Working with Immigrant Communities

Clackamas County is hosting County Community Festival. United Services for Counseling is tabling at the Festival and we invite immigrants and social services providers to visit our booth at the Festival and bring immigration related questions to ask and get answers. 


    When:   September 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Where:  County premises at
2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

 

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

Attention Immigrants

Portland based non-profit organizations, including United Services for Counseling, serving immigrant communities of Oregon are hosting a community event for immigrants called Immigration Problems and Criminal Records.

 

There will be immigration attorneys and BIA accredited representatives attending the event who will answer your questions related to the consequences of crimes on eligibility for immigration benefits.

 

The event will take place:


    When:  September 22, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Where: Catholic Charities,
2740 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

 

2016

 

 

Attention Russian Speaking Community Members

At the request of the Russian community members of the Portland metro area United Services for Counseling is hosting an informational event on immigration benefits through alien relative and fiancé(e) petitioning and family based adjustment of status.

The event will take place:


    When:  March 30, 2016, at 06:00 - 08:00 p.m.
    Where:
Multnomah County Art Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

 

ATTENTION IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY

United Services for Counseling will be joining the panel discussion at the monthly Coffee Talk organized by Clackamas County. One of the topic of the discussion will be about eligibility of undocumented immigrants for immigration benefits: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The event will take place:


    When:  April 19, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Where:
2051 Kaen Road, Room 101, Oregon City, OR 97045

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

Attention Immigrants and Social Services Providers

Working with Immigrant Communities

Hazelwood Faith Community Church is hosting its 2nd Annual Hazelwood Community Fair. United Services for Counseling is tabling at the Festival and we invite immigrants and social services providers to visit our booth at the Festival and bring immigration related questions to ask and get answers. 


    When:   May 21, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Where:  
12414 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97233

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

Attention Social Services Providers

Working with Immigrant Communities

United Services for Counseling is inviting social services providers to the Forum for Oregon Community Services Providers “Immigration Basics and Updates” organized by the Portland based non-profit organizations, including United Services for Counseling, serving immigrants of Oregon.

 

At the Forum immigration legal services providers will give a general information on the eligibility of documented and undocumented immigrants for immigration benefits and will answer your questions.

 

The Forum will take place:


    When:   May 26, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Where: Catholic Charities,
2740 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

Participation in the Forum is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

2017

 

Attention Immigrant Community Organizers

United Services for Counseling will be joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) Oregon Quarterly Community Engagement Roundtable meeting. The meeting is open to all and you are invited to join. If you are not able to attend, please e-mail your questions to us and we'll ask your questions at the meeting on your behalf. 

The event will take place:


    When:  February 9, 2017, at 03:00 - 05:00 p.m.
    Where: Center for African Immigrants and Refugees of Oregon (CAIRO) and Muslim

                  Education Trust (MET)

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

Attention Russian Speaking Community Members

United Services for Counseling is hosting a 30-minute radio talk show on notario fraud and unlawful practice of law issues. The last 15 minutes will be given to answering your questions.

The event will take place:


    When:  April 5, 2017, at 07:00 - 07:30 p.m.
    Where: Radio-7 “Svet” at AM 1520

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

Attention Immigrant Community Organizers

United Services for Counseling will be joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) Oregon Quarterly Community Engagement Roundtable meeting. The meeting is open to all and you are invited to join. If you are not able to attend, please e-mail your questions to us and we'll ask your questions at the meeting on your behalf. 

The event will take place:


    When:  May 17, 2017, at 03:00 - 05:00 p.m.
    Where: Portland Police Bureau Community Room

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

Attention DACA Recepients

United Services for Counseling will be joining the Free DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Renewal Day organized by the AILA Oregon Branch. You are invited.

The event will take place:


    When:  September 17, 2017, at 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Where:
Mexican Consulate in Portland: 1305 SW 12nd Ave., Portland, OR 97201

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

Attention Immigrant Community Organizers

United Services for Counseling will be joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) Oregon Quarterly Community Engagement Roundtable meeting. The meeting is open to all and you are invited to join. If you are not able to attend, please e-mail your questions to us and we'll ask your questions at the meeting on your behalf. 

The event will take place:


    When:  October 19, 2017, at 03:00 - 05:00 p.m.
    Where: Washington County Sherriff's Office

Attendance is free.

 

Questions: Please call us at 503-698-4929 or e-mail to uscounseling@usa.com 

 

 

2018

 

 

Immigration Forum for Service Providers

 

 

You are invited to the fourth-annual forum for those who work with immigrants in healthcare, schools, community and religious organizations, government, and similar fields. The following topics will becovered:

 

  • Changes to immigration policy under the current presidential administration
  • The basics of immigration law
  • Issues related to immigration such as taxes and public benefits
  • How to help those you serve find trustworthy legal assistance.

 

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

 

Time: Two Sessions - choose either 9am- 12pm or 2pm-5pm

 

Location: Catholic Charities; 2740 SE Powell Blvd., Portland OR 97202 (4th Floor)

 

Cost: Free (pre-registration required.)

 

Register at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/QLCwZFX4EMGZHnh82

 

Questions? Contact us at immigrationfourmpdx@gmail.com

 

 

 

Preventing Immigration Services Fraud

 

Presenter:

Morad Noury, Member of the Oregon State Bar Unlawful Practice of Law Committee

September 25, 2018

References:

Amber A. Hollister,  Mark J. Roberts “Preventing Immigration Fraud” (2017)

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. “Combatting Immigration Services Fraud” (2018)

 

What is Practice of Immigration Law?

Federal law defines it as:

  • Appearing in any case before an immigration judge or Department of Homeland Security on another person’s behalf;

  • Appearing in person or through the preparation or filing of a petition or other document;

  • Studying the facts and applicable law and giving advice.

 

8 C.F.R. §1001.1(i)-(k)

 

Who may practice immigration law?

Individuals authorized by federal law to provide immigration legal services are:

  • Licensed attorneys;

  • U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representatives;

  • Law students or graduates with supervision.

8 C.F.R. §1292.1.

 

What is Unlawful Practice of Law?

The law defines it as:

  • Practicing law or representing oneself as qualified to practice law without being licensed in Oregon or another state or accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice to practice law;

  • Representing to the public that the person is authorized to practice law using printed or electronic materials, advertisements or other solicitations describing services that can reasonably construed as legal services;

  • Contacting with clients in the nature of consultation, explanation, recommendation or advice or other assistance in selecting particular forms, in filling out any part of the forms, or suggesting or advising how the forms should be used

ORS 9.160

Oregon State Bar Bylaws §20.3

Oregon State Bar v. Gilchrist, 272 Or 552, 538 P2d 913(1975). 

 

”Notario publico” (“notario”) fraud

A “notario publico” in Latin American countries has the equivalent of a law degree. On the contrary, in the U.S. a notary public may not practice law unless he/she is a licensed attorney.

A notary public has limited duties and may, for example, swear oaths, witness or certify documents.

A notary public may not draft a legal document (e.g., a power of attorney, will), give tax advice, advise which legal form to fill out or whether to apply.

 

Damages “notarios” can cause to immigrants:

  • Notarios may advise and/or help in applying for immigration benefits a person doesn’t qualify;

  • Notarios  may make mistakes filling out the forms;

  • which may lead to:

  • Loss of potential opportunities for future immigration benefits;

  • Loss of hard-earned money;

  • People may be detained and deported.


 

Avoiding scams

  • Never pay for blank immigration forms.

  • Don’t sign blank forms;

  • Don’t let anyone keep your original documents;

  • If you applied for benefits, keep USCIS receipts and copies of submitted documents.

 

If you’re harmed by a notario, contact:


 

If you want to know whether a person is a real lawyer, ask in what state the lawyer is licensed and check it with:

 

If you want to know whether a person is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice to practice immigration law, check it with:

If you want to know whether a person is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice to practice immigration law, check it with:

If you need immigration advice, contact:

 

 

2019

 

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

IMMIGRATION LAW UPDATES


 

Come learn about changes to immigrat ion policy under the

current presidential administration, the basics of immigrat ion

law, and how to help community members find trustworthy legal

assistance.


 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 2019. 9:00AM-NOON

NAT IVE AMERICAN STUDENT AND COMMUNITY CENTER, PSU

7 10 SW JACKSON ST, PORTLAND

 

RSVP to reserve your spot: https://bit.ly/35jpIXl

 

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