Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be Catholic to be eligible for your services?

No, you do not need to be Catholic. While Catholic Migration Services is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, we serve all immigrants in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

I don’t live in Brooklyn or Queens–can I still be a Catholic Migration Services client?

To receive our Immigration or Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program services, you must be a resident of Brooklyn or Queens.  Immigrant Workers Rights Program and Línea Laboral  services are available to residents of New York and New Jersey.

How much do your services cost?

  • Immigration Legal Services: The consultation fee is $50 for affirmative filings, which is nonrefundable. The cost of legal representation varies depending on services provided in accordance with non-profit standards and the law. Fee reductions and waivers are available upon providing proof of financial hardship. Removal defense consultations and legal services are free of charge.
  • Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program/Immigrant Workers’ Rights Program:  These services are provided without cost to our clients.

Do I need to make an appointment?

  • Immigration Legal Services: Consultations are by appointment only on scheduled consultation days, which are available on our events calendar.  To make an appointment in Brooklyn, call (718) 236-3000.  To make an appointment in Queens, call (347) 472-3500.
  • Immigrant Tenant Advocacy Program: Call our Queens office at (347)472-3500 for more information about our walk-in housing clinics. Clinic dates are available on our events calendar or by calling our Queens office at (347) 472-3500.
  • Immigrant Workers’ Rights Program:  Call Línea Laboral at 1-877-52-LABOR (52267).

Will I meet with a lawyer when I visit?

Catholic Migration Services is staffed by attorneys, trained immigration counselors & law students, and other support staff.  All consultations and legal services are supervised by experienced and qualified attorneys.  Initial consultations may be conducted by non-attorneys, but evaluations and recommendations are made by supervising attorneys or fully-accredited immigration counselors.

English is not my first language. Are interpreters available?

If you need services in languages other than English and Spanish, please let us know before your meeting so that arrangements can be made.

How can I help CMS further its mission?

  • Donations:  Catholic Migration Services is a 501(c)3 registered charitable nonprofit, so any financial contributions are tax-deductible.  To make a gift, please click on our Donate Now tab on the homepage.
  • If you are interested in working with us as a staffer, fellow, intern, or volunteer, visit our Work with Us page.