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Coronavirus: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Temporary Office Closure Extended until at least May 3

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS offices will begin to reopen on May 4 … Read More

Coronavirus: How to get your $1,200 out of the 2 Trillion Stimulus Package

Photo credit: Andy Dean The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most … Read More

NYC Census 2020: Why as an African New Yorker, you want to get counted even if you are undocumented

Photo credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell The Census, mandated by the United States Constitution, occurs only every 10 years. It is used to divide among the 50 US states a pie of $650 billion in federal funding for many programs, including … Read More

Immigration: White House Extends Wind-Down Period for Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians to January 10, 2021

The White House issued on March 30, 2020, a memorandum extending the wind-down period for deferred enforced departure for Liberians to January 10, 2021. This is what the memorandum says: “Since March 1991, certain Liberian nationals and persons without nationality … Read More

Coronavirus: How to get a free COVID-19 test in New York City

Photo credit: Michael Jung Free appointment-only COVID-19 testing is available in New York City across 10 acute-care hospitals, seven Gotham Health community-based health centers, and 4 drive-thru test sites. Testing—available by appointment only—will help keep people seeking testing out of … Read More

Coronavirus: How to keep money coming during the COVID-19 crisis

Photo Credit: Denis Vermenko You can keep money coming during the Coronavirus crisis by filing for unemployment insurance. What is Unemployment Insurance? Unemployment insurance (also known as UI) is a program that provides temporary cash benefits to employees who lose … Read More

Coronavirus: Applications for financial assistance to NYC small businesses are now open

Photo credit: Flamingo Images Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop and NYC Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett announced today that loans are available for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Small … Read More

Coronavirus: How parents can help with children’s online learning

Photo credit: seanlockephotography Remote learning for all New York City public schools’ students K-12 starts on Monday, March 23, 2020. The New York City Department of Education has created a remote learning portal to support students and teachers. The portal … Read More

Coronavirus: Beginning March 22 at 8 p.m., you must stay home unless you are an essential worker

Photo credit: PhPhoto On March 20, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. The executive order includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses … Read More

Coronavirus: Mayor de Blasio issues new guidance to New Yorkers

Photo Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office Mayor de Blasio today issued updated COVID-19 guidance to New Yorkers, pursuant to new State regulations. New Guidance for New Yorkers Effective Sunday, March 22nd, at 8:00 PM, all non-essential businesses in New York … Read More

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