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The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR) is the premiere provider of pro bono immigration legal services to asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained in Massachusetts. In FY 2014, PAIR pro bono attorney representation exceeded $6.6 million, and overall PAIR has a 95% successful outcome in its asylum cases. PAIR provides hope and a new beginning to asylum-seekers, torture survivors and immigration detainees through your help.

Latest News

Temporary Protected Status for Yemen for 18-months. The registration period runs from September 3, 2015 through March 1, 2016.

DHS has extended TPS for Haiti. The registration period is August 25, 2015 through October 26, 2015. The Irish International Immigrant Center is holding TPS renewal clinics through most of October for those who need assistance to renew. 

Update from the Boston Asylum Office
The Boston Asylum Office will be closing temporarily for renovations, from September 10, 2015 until October 2, 2015. You may still reach the office by telephone at (617) 565-9500, fax (617) 565-9507 and via mail or email ( On Friday, September 18 and Friday, September 25, from 8:30-12:00, there will be limited operations by the asylum office in Room E-160/Low-rise Building, to assist applicants and attorneys. When the office reopens on October 5, the public will be asked to check-in with the First Floor until late October, when the Asylum Office renovations will be completed. 

Update from the Boston Immigration Court
If your client needs to expedite a Boston Master Calendar hearing to file the I-589 asylum application before the one year filing deadline, you will need to email Robert Halpin, Esq., the Boston Immigration Court Administrator, to request an expedited date. The Clerk’s Office can  reschedule the Master Calendar hearing to a date before the one year filing deadline. Please contact PAIR for Mr. Halpin's email.

Temporary Protected Status registration for certain countries extended. The Department of Homeland Security has extended the initial registration period for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for an additional 90 days. The extension does not extend the period of the TPS designation. The new filing deadline is August 18, 2015.

Temporary Protected Status for Nepal. Registration period begins June 24, 2015 and runs through December 21, 2015.

PAIR Awarded Impact Grant of $30,000. Thank you to members of The Philanthropy Connection!

Remembering the Armenian Genocide. PAIR's own Sarah Ignatius interviewed for the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene.

Nepali Immigration Relief Measures. USCIS has immigration relief measures that may be available to Nepali nationals who are affected by the earthquake.

New Form G-28. Starting April 13, 2015, USCIS will not accept G-28s other than the March 4, 2015 edition. The new version is four pages long.

Free DAPA & DACA Screening Clinic. Mayor's Office of New Bostonians is co-sponsoring a free clinic on May 30, 2015 to screen for DAPA & DACA eligibility. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (617) 635-4141.

The President's New Immigration Relief. A federal court order has temporarily halted the plan to grant deferred action to parents of U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents.

Renew your DACA today! The federal court injunction does NOT affect the existing DACA. Remember to apply for your renewal between 120-150 days before your DACA period expires.

Extension and Redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Syria.

Temporary Protected Status for Liberia, Guinea, & Sierra Leone. Registration period begins Nov. 21, 2014 and runs through May 20, 2015.

Parents lawfully present in the U.S. with children in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras can now seek refugee admission and parole for their children still in home country.

Beginning early 2015, U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents can seek parole of family members in Haiti with approved family-based visa petitions.

Boston Immigration Court Filings: Window hours Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Fridays 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

First Circuit reverses denial of asylum for Indonesian Christian and remands to BIA due to lack of substantial evidence that applicant failed to show past persecution. Panoto v. Holder.

First Circuit Recognizes Past Persecution Based on Mayan Quiche Race and Ethnicity: Ordonez-Quino v. Holder.

BIA Recognizes Married Women in Guatemala Unable to Leave Their Relationship As Particular Social Group: in A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2014).

Redesignation and Temporary Protected Status for South Sudanese extended.

Temporary Protected Status for Sudanese extended through May 2, 2016.

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians extended through January 22, 2016.

New Phone Number for the Newark Asylum Office: (201) 508-6100. Address and fax number remain the same.

Asylum Clock Ticking. New rules are in effect in Immigration Court to start and stop the work authorization clock.

New BIA zip code. Be sure to avoid processing delays!

eRegister. All attorneys must eRegister before appearing before the Immigration Courts or the BIA.

Federal court in the Ninth Circuit issued injunction, ordered legal representation for unrepresented detainees suffering from mental disorders. Franco v. Holder.




Get Involved

Join PAIR as we celebrate Pro Bono month with the Boston Bar Association and other community partners! We will be hosting several free trainings for those interested in asylum and deten-tion work. We will also be participating in the Pro Bono Fair on October 19th at Suffolk Law School. Remember, there are others ways to contribute to PAIR's pro bono work, please donate. Hope to see you at one of our events! 

Sign up for a PAIR Pro Bono Training

Come with PAIR to "Know Your Rights" in Detention

Volunteer to Represent an Asylum-Seeker

Join PAIR's Associates Honor Roll

Donate to PAIR just by shopping online at Amazon Smile!

Boston Globe subscriber? Designate "Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project" when you receive your voucher and help spread the word about PAIR.

Pro Bono Work Makes a Difference! Read about the lasting difference pro bono attorneys make, by Kathy Henry of Plymouth Rock Assurance, in the Boston Bar Journal.







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