Humanitarian Relief

Asylum and Refugee Status

Asylum and refugee status are some of the most critical forms of humanitarian relief available in the United States. They offer protection to individuals who have suffered persecution or fear they will suffer persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. While both asylum and refugee status are rooted in the same international principles of protection, they differ in their application processes and requirements.


Asylum is sought by individuals who are already in the United States or are seeking entry at a U.S. border or entry point. Refugee status is typically sought by individuals who are outside of their country of nationality and outside of the United States. This process is usually facilitated through the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other international organizations, where individuals are referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.


Navigating the labyrinth of asylum and refugee applications demands more than just legal expertise; it requires a deep understanding of humanitarian principles and a commitment to the protection of human rights. Envoy Immigration is dedicated to guiding individuals through these challenging processes, offering support and advocacy every step of the way.


In the realm of U.S. immigration law, waivers play a crucial role in addressing various inadmissibility issues that immigrants may encounter. These waivers—essentially legal exceptions—can be sought for a range of circumstances where an individual might otherwise be barred from entering or remaining in the United States.
At Envoy Immigration, we are adept at handling the intricate details of waiver applications. Our team brings a profound understanding of immigration laws to assist clients in addressing challenges related to inadmissibility. We provide comprehensive support throughout the process, from the initial case analysis to the final stages of the waiver application, ensuring that each step is managed with precision and attentiveness to the specific needs of our clients.
The process of obtaining a waiver is intricate and demands a thorough understanding of immigration laws and policies. It involves preparing detailed applications, substantiating claims with compelling evidence, and, in many cases, navigating interactions with various immigration agencies.
Waivers are applicable in numerous contexts:

VAWA Petitions 

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted by Congress in 1994, offers a crucial pathway to lawful immigration status for victims of domestic abuse. This legislation acknowledges the challenging circumstances where victims might depend on their abusers for immigration sponsorship. VAWA petitions empower these individuals to independently apply for legal status, thereby eliminating the abuser’s control over their immigration journey.

VAWA self-petitions are accessible to a range of individuals impacted by abuse, including spouses or former spouses of abusive U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, children of abusive U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, non-citizen spouses whose children are subjected to abuse by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and parents, step-parents and adoptive parents of a U.S. citizen. This self-petitioning process under VAWA is a critical tool that allows victims to confidentially seek legal status in the United States, free from the influence or involvement of the abuser.

At Envoy Immigration, we are committed to guiding survivors through the VAWA self-petition process with sensitivity and respect.

U Visa and T Visa

Our goal at Envoy is to provide a supportive and secure pathway for victims of human trafficking and crime to begin rebuilding their lives with dignity and safety in the United States.

The U Visa, established under the Battered Immigrant Women Protection Act of 2000, serves as a vital form of protection for non-citizen victims of serious crimes who assist in the investigation, or prosecution, of those crimes. This visa aims to encourage cooperation with law enforcement while providing safety and security to victims. The criteria for obtaining a U Visa are stringent, reflecting the serious nature of the circumstances it addresses. This visa category covers various crimes, including but not limited to felonious assault, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

The T Visa, similar to the U Visa, is designed specifically to offer protection and support to victims of human trafficking. This visa allows those who have been subjected to severe forms of trafficking to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases. The T Visa serves not only as a means of protection for victims but also as a tool in the broader fight against human trafficking.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a humanitarian provision in United States immigration law that offers temporary refuge to individuals from countries experiencing environmental disasters, ongoing armed conflict, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. TPS permits nationals of designated countries to live and work in the U.S. for a set period, recognizing that it may be unsafe or impractical for these individuals to return to their home countries due to the prevailing conditions.

The Secretary of Homeland Security designates countries for TPS based on careful assessment of ongoing conditions such as natural disasters (like earthquakes or hurricanes), armed conflicts (including civil wars), or other extraordinary circumstances that temporarily prevent safe return. The designation is periodically reviewed, and TPS status may be extended, redesignated, or terminated based on changes in country conditions.

Envoy Immigration provides crucial guidance and support to individuals applying for TPS. Our staff has worked with nationals across the globe in TPS applications, ensuring that our clients meet the eligibility requirements and assisting in maintaining their status. We understand the importance of TPS status for individuals seeking safety and stability in the United States and are committed to offering comprehensive assistance throughout the TPS application and renewal processes.

Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA): A Pathway for Cuban Nationals

The Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) presents a unique opportunity for Cuban nationals residing in the United States to adjust their status to that of lawful permanent residents (LPRs). This act reflects the United States long-standing commitment to providing a safe haven and stable future for Cubans who have made the journey to America. The CAA offers a streamlined process for Cubans to gain lawful permanent residency in the U.S., providing several benefits. 

At Envoy Immigration, we understand the significance of the Cuban Adjustment Act for Cuban nationals seeking a new life in the United States. Our team is dedicated to assisting Cubans in navigating the complexities of the adjustment process. We offer comprehensive support in preparing and filing applications, addressing any issues of inadmissibility, and guiding applicants through each step towards achieving lawful permanent residency.

Military Parole in Place: Honoring Our U.S. Armed Service Members

Military Parole in Place (PIP) is a special immigration provision in the United States, demonstrating the nation’s respect and gratitude towards the men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This policy recognizes the sacrifices made by military members and addresses the unique challenges faced by their non-citizen family members.

Parole in Place allows certain non-citizen family members of U.S. military personnel – including spouses, children, and parents – to remain in the United States temporarily, even if they initially entered without legal status. This policy helps military members focus on their duties, securing the knowledge that their loved ones are safe and legally protected back home.

At Envoy Immigration, we deeply honor and respect the service of U.S. military members. We are committed to supporting these individuals and their families by providing specialized assistance with Military Parole in Place applications. We take pride in playing our part in serving the families of those who protect our nation, offering a helping hand to ensure their immigration needs are met with the same commitment and excellence demonstrated by their loved ones in uniform.

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Contact us at Envoy Immigration, PLLC today to initiate the essential process of securing your immigration status. Our dedicated team is fully committed to advocating for your immigration needs. We take pride in our multilingual capabilities, with team members proficient in multiple languages. Partner with us to efficiently navigate your application process. At Envoy Immigration, PLLC, we offer professional and comprehensive immigration services to guide you towards your immigration goals.

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