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What resources are available for a disabled EB-5 immigrant in the United States?

After being granted a green card, what can a disabled immigrant seek out to help transition to life in the United States?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    It depends on where you end up living, but most U.S. metro areas have groups that offer all manner of assistance. Investigate what your soon-to-be new community offers.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    Consult with your EB-5 immigration attorney who should have experience with your situation. There are several groups and institutions in the U.S. that will have the resources to assist.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should contact local nonprofit organizations whose mission is to assist disabled individuals. Ensure you do not use federal means-tested benefits to avoid a public charge issue.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    A disabled individual is still eligible to file an EB-5 Investor Petition on Form I-526 and, on that basis, to apply for an immigrant visa and be admitted into the United States as a Lawful Permanent Resident or so-called "green card holder." The United States has enacted a number of laws to benefit disabled individuals, particularly non-discrimination laws and access to facilities, sidewalks, bathroom access, etc. But, by and large, irrespective of whether one is disabled or not, they must make their own living and be responsible for themselveshopefully with the assistance of family members.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    There are an immense amount of resources you can either consult or use in varying degrees: (1) some public agencies are federally managed, others differ by state, and (2) a host of private agencies. For example, check this document and website; they offer guidance for refugees and immigrants: http://refugees.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Healthy-Living-Toolkit-English1.pdf. In addition, consult your attorney, charitable organizations devoted to immigrants and mobility/settlement companies for a list of service providers in the location you will be immigrating to.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should seek caring agencies that do resettlement services to help you to settle in the United States. There are many programs that help disabled persons within any community. However, be careful not to run afoul of receiving any monetary public assistance from the government to violate being a public charge.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    Find the legal rights of green card holders here: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/rights-and-responsibilities-permanent-resident/rights-and-responsibilities-green-card-holder-permanent-resident. Then, here, you can find the benefits one can claimthese often vary by state: https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/public-charge-ca-2013-10-01.pdf

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    There are State and Federally funded classes/schools, as well as for-profit businesses that provide English instruction (English as a Second Language) to people for whom English is not their native language and help provide assimilation to the country. These programs also are open to and encourage those with disabilities. There are also community-based and faith-based organizations, volunteer agencies, colleges and universities, workplace education programs and for-profit organizations that offer additional services and classes for immigrants.

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