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Contacting Lawmakers

You may contact congressman and/or senators representing district/state where you reside to get help in your application. IV too requests it members to contact representatives to inform them about the various immigration related billing being tabled in congress.


  1. Find your senator
  2. Find your Representative
  3. Find your legislator using your zipcode
  4. How a bill becomes law

How to communicate with a Legislator?

Communication method with highest rating of five stars is recommended, see below:

  1. Personal Visit: *****
  2. Phone call: ****
  3. Fax: ****
  4. E-Mail: ***
  5. Snail Mail: **

What Type of Communication Works Best?

  1. Interactions before a decision has been reached by the lawmaker has the most impact on the lawmaker
  2. The best way to affect a legislator is by visiting them face-to-face.
  3. A visit from a constituent is perceived to carry the most weight by staffers

Congressional Schedule

  1. Congressional session in Washington, D.C., lasts from early January through September. Adjournment is usually delayed till mid-October, and sometimes as late as December.
  2. Congress also has breaks: at least one week each for Easter, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
  3. Legislators also take the entire month of August off, returning just after Labor Day.

Congress is formally in session only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, except in extraordinary instances.

This schedule allows legislators to travel to and from their home states on Mondays and Fridays. When scheduling meetings, be aware of where your legislator is likely to be. On weekends, in August, November and December, your legislator will likely be in your local area. Otherwise, they will be in Washington, D.C.

For an exact schedule, contact your legislators’ offices directly and ask.

Making the appointment

First and fore most research your lawmaker and their position on your issue Meet with lawmakers as a constituent and as a part of an organization. An organization shows that the community is organized, and carries more weight, however, you will talking about the problems the backlogs have created and how it has impacted you and many others in the community (represented by IV). Ask for a meeting with the lawmaker. This may have to be done through a scheduler DC/District. However, if the lawmaker is not available, please do not hesitate to meet with the staff member. Remember, the staff will be advising the lawmaker on the issues too. If you call today, the chances of you getting the appointment will be at least 2-3 weeks from today.

Please send your feedback of the meeting here.

For additional details, please contact Immigration Voice Coordinator at or 202-386-6250
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