Sept. 29, 2020: USCIS Fee Increase Update: Judge blocks fee increase and elimination of fee waivers that was going to go into effect on October 2. However, the government will likely appeal the order and it may be overturned eventually. Individuals interested in applying for naturalization, please visit CitizenshipHawaii.org. For other immigration legal services, please contact The Legal Clinic.
Resources for those in need during COVID19:
Please visit the TLC CARES web page with multilingual resources here.
Contact Legal Aid Society of Hawaii for help with landlord-tenant issues and with access to benefits (for low-income residents). 808-536-4302 (Oahu); 1-800-499-4302 (Neighbor Islands)
Aug 2020 USCIS Update: The US Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) Honolulu Application Support Center (ACS) reopened on July 27, 2020. If your appointment was cancelled due to its temporary closure, you should automatically receive a notice to reschedule your ASC appointment, or a notification of biometrics reuse. If you do not receive either within 90 days of ACS reopening, please call 800-375-5283. Please check the USCIS COVID19 Response page for more current updates.
Also (USCIS Aug 2020 Update): The production of Employment Authorization Documents (Form 1-766) has been delayed due to COVID-19. If you received a Form I-797, Notice of Action, dated December 1, 2019 through and including August 20, 2020, you may use that Notice to establish employment authorization (as a Form I-9, List C #7 document) through December 31, 2020.
Please visit https://homeishere.us for more information and resources. If you are a DACA recipient in Hawai’i seeking help with your status or application, please contact The Legal Clinic. 808-777-7071. You can also reach out to the University of Hawaii’s Refugee & Immigration Law Clinic for assistance.
Public Charge rule : Please see our article on the federal Public Charge rule change, that may negatively impact thousands of immigrants in Hawai‘i who are eligible for permanent residency status. See also: www.protectingimmigrantfamilies.org and www.ilrc.org/public-charge
Hawaiʻi’s Guide for Immigrant Youth: Check out this useful new resource! If you are living in Hawaiʻi, and are a young immigrant or a COFA/Micronesian citizen, this handbook can help you identify important resources and benefits–such as medical care, education, and work opportunities!
Documents Needed for Citizenship Application (N-400)