COVID-19 Information, Resources, and ICS Response

ICS is working hard to protect the people we serve across Oregon and our staff from COVID-19. We are adjusting our services so our staff can work remotely and still respond to the legal needs of our immigrant neighbors. To ensure access to legal services during this time, we have launched the Immigrant Legal Relief Fund. We are also amplifying our voices to advocate for better policies for immigrants as we respond locally and nationally to the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 Q&A

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Can I seek medical attention without medical insurance if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes. This includes care you receive in the emergency room, at community and migrant health centers, free clinics, and public hospitals. 

¿Puedo buscar ayuda médica si demuestro síntomas de COVID-19 aunque no tenga aseguranza medica?

Si. Aunque no tenga aseguranza médica, usted puede buscar ayuda en una sala de emergencia, en centros de salud comunitarios, en clínicas gratuitas, y en hospitales públicos.

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If I have the CAWEM or OHP or private insurance, how much will it cost me to get a test or treatment for COVID-19?

Nothing. The State of Oregon has reached an agreement with insurance companies so that people will not have to pay anything out of pocket for COVID-19 tests or hospitalizations.

¿Si tengo aseguranza privada, CAWEM, o OHP, cuanto me costaría un examen o tratamiento para COVID-19?

No le costaría nada. El estado de Oregón finalizó un trato con compañías de aseguranza para garantizar que la gente no pagara nada de su bolsillo si necesitan un examen o tratamiento para COVID-19.

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Will seeking medical attention or testing for COVID-19 symptoms be considered a public charge?

USCIS encourages everyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), regardless of your immigration status, to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any applicant as part of a future Public Charge analysis.

¿Si busco tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención por COVID-19, será considerado como un cargo público en el análisis de mi caso en el futuro?

USCIS exhorta a todas aquellas personas, incluidos los extranjeros, que tengan síntomas similares a los del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) (fiebre, tos, dificultad para respirar) a buscar el tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención necesarios. Dicho tratamiento médico o servicios de prevención NO AFECTARÁN negativamente a los extranjeros como parte del análisis futuro de carga pública.

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Are USCIS offices currently open?

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of coronavirus. USCIS plans to begin reopening its offices on May 4, unless the public closures are extended further. USCIS staff are continuing to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center. If you are a DACA recipient we recommend consulting with an immigration attorney to file your DACA renewal request

¿Están abiertas las oficinas de USCIS?

El 18 de marzo, el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés), suspendió los servicios en persona para ayudar a frenar la propagación del coronavirus 2019. USCIS planifica reabrir sus oficinas el 3 de mayo, a menos que los cierres de los servicios públicos se prolonguen. El personal de USCIS realiza tareas que no involucran contacto con el público. Sin embargo, USCIS proporciona ayuda con servicios de emergencia en limitadas situaciones. Para programar una cita de emergencia, comuníquese con el Centro de Contacto de USCIS. USCIS anunció que rehusara las huellas digitales de individuos que aplicaron para un permiso de trabajo. Si eres recipiente de DACA recomendamos que conseje con un abogado de inmigracion para aplicar para hacer un pedido de renovación.

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Who qualifies for unemployment benefits?

If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are legally residing in the U.S and authorized to work in the U.S at the time of applying and requesting benefits. You must be able to satisfy the requirements of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Consult with an immigration attorney.

¿Quién califica para beneficios de desempleo?

Si no es ciudadano/a de los Estado Unidos, puede calificar para beneficios de desempleo si está 

residiendo legalmente en los EEUU y autorizado para trabajar en los EEUU al momento de aplicar para beneficios y al momento de pedir los beneficios de desempleo. Debe tener los documentos en la lista de requisitos para el formulario I-9 (Elegibilidad para Empleo). Consulte a un abogado de inmigración.

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Will the government only be issuing relief checks to US citizens?

In order to receive a direct cash payment under the CARES Act bill, you must be:

– An adult
– Who filed a 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if you did not submit your 2019 filing by March 27)
– AND have a Social Security Number (SSN
– AND have a Green Card or other IRS residency requirements

Individuals who receive Social Security benefits but do not file tax returns are eligible. Individuals who arrived in 2018 or 2019 and have not filed a tax return for the year of arrival will NOT receive a cash payment. The principal individual filing a tax return must have an SSN to receive a cash payment. If they are filing jointly with a spouse, the spouse must also have an SSN to receive the cash payments. If the principal or their spouse does not have an SSN, the entire family is ineligible for cash payments (some exceptions for military families).

¿Quién califica para recibir un cheque de alivio del gobierno?

Para recibir pago en efectivo del gobierno debe ser:

– Un adulto
– Quién presentó una declaración de impuestos de 2019 (o una declaración de impuestos de 2018 si no presentó su declaración de 2019 antes del 27 de marzo)
– Y tiene un número de seguro social (SSN)
– Y tiene la residencia u otros requisitos de residencia del IRS

Las personas que reciben beneficios del Seguro Social pero no presentan declaraciones de impuestos son elegibles. Las personas que llegaron en 2018 o 2019 y no han presentado una declaración de impuestos para el año de llegada no recibirán un pago en efectivo. La persona principal que presenta una declaración de impuestos debe tener un SSN para recibir un pago en efectivo. Si presentan una declaración conjunta con un cónyuge, el cónyuge también debe tener un SSN para recibir los pagos en efectivo. Si la persona principal o su cónyuge no tienen un SSN, toda la familia no es elegible para pagos en efectivo (algunas excepciones para familias militares)

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Is immigration court open? If not, how will I know if my hearing is cancelled?

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced that all non-detained hearings scheduled through May 1, 2020, have been postponed in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. To find out if your court date has been postponed or cancelled call: 1-800-898-7180 or the direct line for the court where your hearing is scheduled to confirm. You will receive a new hearing notice in the mail. If your address changes it is important to let the court know by filling out the E33 form.

¿La corte de inmigración está abierta? Cómo sabré si mi audiencia se canceló o postergo?

La Oficina de Revisión de Casos de Inmigración (EOIR, Corte de inmigración) anunció este miércoles que suspende hasta el 1 de mayo la totalidad de los casos individuales de personas no detenidas, como medida preventiva para contener la propagación del coronavirus. Para averiguar si se postergó o se canceló su fecha en corte debe llamar al: 1-800-898-7180 o a la línea directa de la corte donde tiene audiencia para confirmar. Debe esperar una nueva notificación de comparecencia. Si cambia de dirección es importante avisar a la corte llenando el formulario E33.

 

OTHER RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRANTS

  • State of Oregon COVID-19 Resources and FAQs for Immigrants and Refugees in English
  • State of Oregon COVID-19 Resources and FAQs for Immigrants and Refugees in Spanish
  • Info about the new rule protecting renters from eviction here
  • Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 updates
  • Health Authority’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

 

SUPPORT THE IMMIGRANT LEGAL RELIEF FUND

We cannot allow immigrants to be forgotten in this crisis. To ensure that ICS can continue to provide legal assistance and representation, and to help with court fees, ICS has launched the Immigrant Legal Relief Fund. Funds from the Immigrant Relief Fund will be used to ensure the ongoing availability of skilled immigration attorneys and to provide relief for clients who cannot afford court fees. Learn more and make your gift today. 

 

TAKE ACTION

COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and neither should Congress. Contact your member of Congress to urge them to support the Coronavirus Immigrant Family Protection Act, which was introduced earlier in April to address crucial gaps in COVID-19 relief legislation. According to Frank Garcia, Executive Director of ICS:

“Immigrants are on the frontlines of confronting the public health crisis in Oregon as health care workers and as indispensable workers who harvest and prepare our food, deliver our groceries, and care for our loved ones. We cannot allow our immigrant neighbors to be forgotten in this crisis.”

Take action by contacting your member of Congress today.