The Overlooked Pathways to Legal Status

Undocumented immigrants eligible to become legal residents often don’t know how to apply due to a lack of resources and information.

Blog Post (NATIONAL)

Amanda Frost
Atlantic, The
June 19, 2016

Tags: Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Immigrant Justice Corps (NY)


It’s a common problem: Unauthorized immigrants are often unaware of laws that can grant legal status and, in any case, they find it difficult to navigate the complex process. Immigration lawyers have observed that immigrants do not fare well without legal assistance.

A UCLA study found that individuals in removal proceedings who obtained legal representation were 15 times more likely to apply for relief from removal than those without lawyers, and five-and-a-half times more likely to be granted some sort of legal status that permitted them to stay in the United States.