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Q: Should I take legal action on my u4u sponsor who have put my mental/physical health at risk,with force on being homeless

My sponsor under u4u, forcibly threw me out of the house and won't let me stay after 2 weeks of being the states. He knew I had health issues and risks as well. So I was already mentally, verbally, and physically abused. I have also been forced to stay in america and to remain homeless with nowhere to go, lost, and confused during my first few months in the states. My sponsor also somehow forced my mother out into the streets, and took away money that was promised and given. This is another long story. But either way should I take legal action for this that has happened and has been going on for 8 months now? It's been terrible. And I can't afford a lawyer. I can't afford a home. And I haven't found shelter ever since I was thrown into the streets.

2 Lawyer Answers
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: I'm sorry to hear about the challenges and hardships you've been facing. It's important to understand that your situation sounds serious and might require legal intervention. However, it's essential to consider a few key points before proceeding with legal action.

First, it's crucial to gather any evidence or documentation related to the mistreatment you've experienced. This includes any communication with your sponsor, medical records if your health was affected, and any other relevant information.

Given your financial constraints, you might want to explore legal aid organizations or pro bono services. Many lawyers and organizations offer free legal assistance to those who cannot afford it, especially in cases involving abuse and exploitation.

Lastly, it's important to take care of your immediate needs, like finding shelter and addressing any health issues. Local community organizations, shelters, and health clinics can provide support and resources to help you stabilize your situation.

Remember, taking legal action can be a lengthy and complex process, so it's important to be prepared and seek support where you can. Your wellbeing and safety are the top priorities.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Milwaukee, WI

A: There are limited mechanisms to handle these situations. The best remedy is to be a good guest. Obviously, things sometimes do not work out. However, you are entitled to file for an employment authorization card.

In addition, you should seek the assistance of a not for profit, community organization, that may have attorneys who understand immigration law. If you’ve been here for less than a year, you may want to consider discussing whether to file for Asylum.

If this doesn’t work out, you may want to consider saving enough money to travel back to Europe

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