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Legal Resources

If you are an Immigration Attorney representing a client who is, or may be stateless, you may find the resources listed below very valuable. If you are, or think you may be stateless, please share this page with your attorney. 

USCIS stateless policy 

On October 30, 2023 USCIS implemented a new policy to consider statelessness for immigration purposes. Statelessness is now a key consideration in immigration relief decisions catering to over 200,000+ stateless individuals in the U.S.  

Practice

Advisory

The United Stateless Practice Advisory (see also below) corresponds to the recently announced USCIS Stateless Policy, offering practical guidance to immigration practitioners representing stateless individuals. The Advisory focuses on Deferred Action and Parole in Place benefits for stateless people, and will be updated as we learn more.
This is a working document and subject to changes. 

'Citizens of Nowhere' Representing stateless clients in immigration court

In this webinar, experts guide immigration practitioners on identifying and advocating for stateless individuals in the US immigration system. With around 218,000 stateless residents in the US and no federal definition or legal protections for them, this session will address their unique challenges and provide practical guidance for immigration lawyers. It complements the "Understanding Statelessness" webinar held on March 24, which you can watch for free on the ABA Commission on Immigration YouTube channel.

Handbook on Protection Of Stateless Persons

This Handbook is intended to guide government officials, judges and practitioners, as well as UNHCR staff and others involved in addressing statelessness. It is hoped that the Handbook will provide a valuable resource for both statelessness determination and the development and implementation of law and policies relating to the protection of stateless persons.

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