What IRAP Can Help With
IRAP provides legal counseling and direct legal representation and advocacy to some refugees who are navigating the refugee recognition and resettlement processes. We also assist some Iraqis and Afghans who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. mission in Iraq and Afghanistan and are applying for Special Immigrant Visas or refugee resettlement on that basis.
What IRAP Cannot Help With
IRAP is not part of the U.S. government, IOM, or the UNHCR. We cannot make decisions to grant refugee status, issue visas, speed up cases, or resettle refugees. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide financial assistance, find or pay for housing, or find jobs.
How to Request IRAP’s Help
To request legal counseling or assistance from IRAP, or to refer a case, please e-mail email@example.com.
Please include as much detail as possible about your case, including: your country of origin, your current location, your case status, and your needs. Please attach helpful documentation including any denial letters you may have received.
For U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis and Afghans Who Cannot Reach Supervisors and Employers
In some cases, we help people who are applying for the SIV or Direct Access Program to collect verification of their work from their supervisors or contact their companies.
If we are able to assist you, it often takes 2-4 months before we are able to provide any documentation to help you. We may not be able to assist. We will try our best, and we will let you know when we have any news.
Important Notes on IRAP’s Process for Requesting Assistance
Timeline and Limitations:
We will respond to you as soon as possible, but due to the volume of requests, it will take a period of time to respond. Response times may average over a week at some times of the year. If you request help, our staff will use the information you provide to see if we can assist. IRAP will respond to your email with follow-up questions. We cannot accept every case and only take on a minority of cases for legal representation. You are not our client unless we tell you that your case has been accepted. Emailing to request assistance does not create an attorney-client relationship.
If your case has an application or appeal deadline, you may need to file with a government agency before that deadline or you may lose your right to apply or to appeal. Emailing IRAP to request assistance does not mean that IRAP represents you and does not affect any deadline.
For Asylum Seekers Within the United States:
IRAP only provides direct legal services representation to asylum seekers within the United States in limited circumstances. We would recommend that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your asylum claim or other legal options in the United States. Here is a list of organizations that might be able to assist you: