Immigration Legal Services

The Immigration Legal Services Program was created in 1971 with the founding of Catholic Migration, becoming a trustworthy and high quality resource for the diverse and densely populated boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

Know-Your-Rights

Everyone living in the United States has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution, including people who are undocumented. To protect yourself, your family and your community it is essential to Know Your Rights. You are also encouraged to utilize the red card provided by the National Immigration Law Center. Print it and keep it on you at all times.

Follow the link for more Know Your Rights resources by NILC.

Statement of Catholic Migration Services in Response to the President’s Jan. 2017 Executive Orders on Immigration

Catholic Migration Services opposes any laws or government policies that discriminate against people based on their race, religion, or national origin, and we are committed to supporting the rights of all immigrants to have due process in their efforts to secure and retain lawful status in our country. To read more about our position, please click here.

President Trump’s Recent Actions on Immigration and What They Mean

On January 25 and 27, President Trump signed a series of Executive Orders by which he seeks to change some of the United States government’s immigration policies. We expect that he may modify or explain these initial actions, and that he may make new policy changes, but we have attempted to explain what the January actions mean for immigrants. To read our full explanation, please click here.

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City Council member Julissa Ferreras at a press conference hosted by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Catholic Migration Services at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Corona, in March of 2014.

City Council member Julissa Ferreras at a press conference hosted by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and Catholic Migration Services at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Corona, in March of 2014.

Legal Services Provided

Affirmative Filings

We provide legal assistance and representation in a wide range of affirmative applications for immigration relief, including, but not limited, to:

  • Naturalization/citizenship
  • Family reunification
  • Employment authorization
  • Political asylum
  • T (trafficking victim) visas
  • U (crime witness/victim) visas
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protection
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

There are no fees related to affirmative filings and Naturalization consultations, which are free of charge. United States Citizenship and Immigration services may charge fees for processing some applications. Immigration legal services are only available for clients residing in Brooklyn or Queens.

Consultations are by appointment only.  To make an appointment, please contact our Brooklyn office at (718) 236-3000 or our Queens office at (347) 472-3500.

Removal Defense

The Immigration Legal Services Program also represents immigrants in deportation and removal proceedings. In January 2013, CMS reopened intake for removal proceedings (click here for more information).

To be eligible for representation by the Removal Defense Project (RDP), an individual or family must reside in Brooklyn or Queens.  There is no charge for RDP services, but clients must agree to terms of representation which include cooperation with our staff.  We do not answer legal questions over the phone and do not accept walk-ins.  To schedule an appointment with an RDP attorney, please call our Brooklyn office at (718) 236-3000 or our Queens office at (347) 472-3500  and indicate your interest in the Removal Defense Project.

Click here for links to useful information for immigrants.

Click here to read client stories from the Immigration Legal Services Program!