St. Patrick's Day and Post Parade Party

Come And March With Us In The Parade!

St. Patrick's Day has arrived again and it's going to be a lot of fun. As always we will be marching. This year our dear friend Barney Boyce will be the Grand Marshal. Come and march with us in the parade to support him, and support the center. We will have a selection of donuts and hot coffee to fuel us for the march. We will also have a bus for those who need to take a break along the parade route. We will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. at JFK Blvd between 16th and 17th streets on the north side.

Join Us For The Post Parade Party
Old Pine Community Center,01 Lombard St,, Philadelphia

Following the parade, we are having a party with our comrades from the GAA, Irish American Business Chamber, Brehon Law Society. There will be a open bar and plenty of delicious treats for all. Music by the talented John Byrne Band will provide us with entertainment. Tickets cost $35.They include unlimited food and drink. 

Please note that places are extremely limited so please purchase your tickets in advance. You can call the center on 610-7896355 or email info@icphila.org to reserve yours.

Posted on March 2, 2017 and filed under Party, St. Patrick's Day.

Immigration Update

All are welcome to join us for an immigration update and discussion at the Irish Immigration Center. The conversation, led by immigration Attorneys Audrey Allen, Thomas Griffin and Shelley Grant, will discuss the new Executive Orders and what they mean for you and your family. Criminal Attorney Tom Ivory will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have. 

This event will be streamed live via Facebook. A questions and answers session will be open, both to attendees and live viewers. If you don’t feel comfortable asking questions via Facebook live, please email Leslie directly at leslie@icphila.org or call on 610-789-6355. She will ask the questions on your behalf and your anonymity is guaranteed.

Please spread the word, share with friends, family and other community groups and organizations. Everyone is welcome. As always, there will be tea and biscuits(cookies) available. Please RSVP.

Posted on February 9, 2017 and filed under Legal clinic.

Let's work together

 A Chairde, 
 
With the results of the Presidential election, we know that many of you are unsure about what lies ahead. Many people and families we serve have voiced their concern over the uncertainty of their lives that they have built in Philadelphia. We understand your worries and we are here for you. Right now, there are a lot of uncertainties around future immigration laws. However, we can reassure you that we are here to stay and will continue to fight for immigration reform and new pathways to citizenship for our community. 
 
Since the Irish Immigration Center was founded in 1998, we have been supporting immigrants. At our free legal immigration clinic, we serve our Irish community and people from all corners of the globe. We run Irish cultural programs such as our new Foróige youth club and our senior program which brings both Irish and Americans together. We have stood together as friends and family despite our differences and diversity, which is what represents both Ireland and the USA of today. 
 
We must stand together to strengthen our community and our future. 
 
We run our free legal immigration clinic on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Please call us on 610-789 6355 if you wish to make an appointment or call anytime, if you want to chat . 
 
Sending you all best wishes and hope.
 
Leslie and the team.

Posted on November 11, 2016 .

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to increase their fees.

A Chairde,

We hope that you are all well and had a Happy Halloween on Monday. November sees the return of some of the biggest events on the Irish social calendar including the Mayo and Donegal Balls, along with the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame Award Ceremony.

Apart from socializing, November also brings about, Veteran's Day where we give thanks all those that served in the armed forces and of course, Thanksgiving. For those of you that have been putting off applying for US citizenship, now might be a good time to apply, as USCIS (United States Citizens and Immigration Services) are increasing their fees in December. That also applies to green card renewals and most other immigration paperwork. Also approaching is the deadline for the Diversity Visa lottery. There is no entry fee involved, so why not take your chance, if you are eligible. Application submissions close on November 7th. 


All the best,

Leslie and the team

USCIS fee increase for filling applications and petitions

Fees will increase for the first time in six years, on average by 21 percent for most applications and petitions. This increase is necessary to recover the full cost of services provided by USCIS. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23 must include the new fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them. Changes in the new fee schedule can be found here.

You have two months to get your application in before the increase. Please contact us on 610-789 6355  to find out more, or book an appointment at our free legal clinic where we can help you complete your citizenship application or greencard renewal.


DV Lottery
Closing date: Monday, November 7, 12 p.m EST



The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card.The lottery makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to natives of countries who have low rates of immigration to the United States.

In 2015,157 winners were selected from the island of Ireland. Anyone who is Irish born (or born in another eligible country), over the age of 18, with a minimum of high school education, and who has not overstayed a previous US visa can apply. Entry costs nothing so why not give it a go. You can make your application here.


Foróige
Tuesdays' from 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.



Foróige, founded in 1952, is Ireland's leading youth organization. It was set up to enable young people to actively involve themselves in their development and the development of their society. We are proud to bring Foróige to Philadelphia to help our youth foster a sense of Irish identity in a fun and safe environment.

We had a wonderful information and registration evening on October 18 and the youth club met for the first time on October 25. From our first two meetings the members have many great and exciting ideas and plans for the club. 

The next meeting for Foróige Philadelphia is November 8, 7.30-9.30pm at the Irish Immigration Center and new members are always welcome (age 13+). Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please contact Ciaran at foróige@icphila.org for more information.
 

Posted on November 2, 2016 .