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Information for Students & Scholars from Countries in Crisis

April 5, 2011

OISS is your home away from home and we empathize with all of our students, scholars, permanent residents and citizens of the U.S. who have family, friends and colleagues in the countries that have been impacted by political upheavals, natural disasters, and other tragedies.   Our number one concern is the well being of you, your family, friends and colleagues.

Many of you are feeling anxiety over what is taking place. We want you to know that if you are a student or scholar we are here to assist and provide options.

First,  feel free to meet with an OISS advisor and/or CAPs (Counseling and Psychological Services) www.caps.wayne.edu/ if you want to confidentially talk about how you are coping or not coping with the situation. 

If you are a student or scholar and  are concerned about an application you currently have with USCIS, they have guidance for Special Situations that will help relieve some of your concerns. You can visit their website at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=f34d3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=f34d3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

Options for International Students
If your funding is being jeopardized you can apply for Employment Based Economic Hardship http://www.oiss.wayne.edu/immigration-visas/f-1-employment.php  that if approved, will allow you to work off-campus. You will need to complete the paperwork and meet with an OISS advisor who will review what needs to be included in your packet. 
Emergency Loans
OISS has some emergency loan funds that you can request. Just visit an OISS advisor and they will work with you.
Exception to Full-Time Enrollment
If you do not feel that you are able to complete your courses satisfactorily and need to withdraw from your classes,  please meet with an OISS Advisor and we will work with you to get the necessary information you will need for dropping below full time while maintaining your status.
There are other options if you fear returning home such as applying for asylum. Below are some important links to organizations that may be able to assist you with applying for asylum.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
USCIS has a comprehensive guide on the Asylum and Refugee process.
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Detroit (USCRI Detroit)
13942 Michigan Ave.
Upper Level, Suite 1
Dearborn, MI 48126
Contact Person: Lamis Abbo
Phone: (313) 581-4420
Email: info@uscri-detroit.org
The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Detroit (USCRI Detroit) helps refugees begin new lives in the Detroit area. USCRI gives refugees resources and tools to help adjust to a new way of life in the United States. 
Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic- Wayne State University
471 West Palmer Street Detroit, MI 48202
Contact Person: Professor Rachel Settlage
(313) 577-1987
Asylum seekers and other immigrants with legal problems are eligible for help from Wayne State University senior law students. The Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic represent individual clients seeking immigration benefits including, but not limited to, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U and T visas for victims of trafficking and other crimes, relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Special Immigrant Juvenile visas, and Temporary Protected Status, as well as help clients who obtain such relief with family reunification, adjustment of status and, eventually, naturalization.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Suite 300, 1331 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-3142
Phone: (202) 507-7600
AILA is a not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, and professional services. AILA Members represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro-bono basis. AILA is the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys. More than 11,000 immigration lawyers are members of AILA.
Global Detroit Welcome Mat—Services and Resources
This valuable publication lists helpful organizations, services and resources for various ethnic groups.