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Key Goals for 2023
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Protection for Our Local DACA Recipients
To maintain DACA status it’s necessary to reapply and pay a $495 government fee every two years, normally in addition to high legal fees. IMPORTA offers free legal services to all DACA recipients, and now represents the majority of DACA recipients in Santa Barbara County.
Our goal for 2023 is to file 700 DACA applications
Increased Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence
The U Visa program was created under the Violence Against Women Act to encourage fearful undocumented victims of serious crimes to cooperate with law enforcement, but its primary purpose was to help victims of domestic violence. U Visa applications are complicated and without training and care it is easy to submit applications that will ultimately be rejected. This has created an opportunity for dishonest and untrained illegal “immigration consultants,” who are active in immigrant communities, to re-victimize traumatized women by charging thousands of dollars for incompetent legal work.
Our goal for 2023 is to file 100 U Visa applications
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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Citizenship for Long-time Local Green Card Holders
Many of our older local immigrant workers with green cards are reluctant to naturalize because of fear of failing the English language and civics tests. Our staff works hard to support their English language study and provides training to prepare for the civics exam. IMPORTA provides legal representation for citizenship applications without charge.
Our goal for 2023 is to file 200 naturalization applications
IMPORTA has received Guidestar's Platinum Seal of Transparency and Charity Navigator's Give With Confidence recommendation under its Encompass Rating System. Check out their websites for more information on IMPORTA's financials. Guidestar also provides Form 990 tax returns for non-profits without charge.
OVER 90% OF EVERY DOLLAR DONATED TO IMPORTA SUPPORTS DIRECT SERVICES TO IMMIGRANTS.