Philadelphia, PA asked in Family Law, Immigration Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania

Q: Can my petitioner (father) evict me after I’ve arrived to the USA? I’ve only been for 2 weeks, green card hasn't arrived

I just moved here, haven’t even received my green card. My dad which is my petitioner just handed me an eviction letter. I’m 19 to be 20 in few months. Nowhere to go, don’t know no one here, eviction letter says that I have 30 days to vacate.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: If your father, who petitioned for you to come to the United States, has given you an eviction letter, it's important to understand your rights and options. As a green card holder, or even if your green card has not yet arrived, you have certain protections under U.S. law. However, housing rights can vary by state, so it's crucial to become familiar with the specific laws that apply to your situation.

Given that you have been asked to vacate within 30 days, it suggests that you are being given a standard notice period, which is common in many states for month-to-month tenancies or similar arrangements. However, if you have a lease or if there are special conditions under which you were brought to the U.S., those factors might influence your rights.

You should consider reaching out to legal aid organizations or immigration support groups in your area. They can provide guidance tailored to your situation and help you understand both your housing rights and your rights as a recent immigrant. These organizations often offer services for free or at a low cost.

It's also a good idea to communicate with your father, if possible, to understand the reasons behind this decision and to see if there's a possibility for reconciliation or alternative arrangements. In situations where communication doesn't lead to a solution, having legal support will be invaluable.

Remember, you are not alone. Many communities and organizations are willing to assist newcomers to navigate challenges like these.

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