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For Immigrants

Due to the evolving outbreak pertaining to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, Catholic Migration Services is limiting office operations to reduce health risks to visitors, staff and volunteers. For the health and safety of all, please do not come to our offices unless instructed to do so by a staff member of Catholic Migration Services. 

For Individuals Seeking Legal Assistance for the First Time
If you are not a client and are calling to make a new appointment, we are not currently scheduling new (in person) appointments. Please be sure to visit our website for more information as it becomes available.

For other immigration matters, consultations for individuals with appointments are being conducted over the telephone. If you are interested in having an initial consultation with one of our attorneys, please call (718) 236-3000 in Brooklyn or (347) 472-3500 in Queens and leave a message. We will return your message and schedule a time with one of our attorneys. If you are an existing client, please reach out to the attorney assigned to your case.

Catholic Migration Services represents low-income New Yorkers living in Brooklyn or Queens free of charge. An initial consultation does not guarantee legal representation by Catholic Migration Services. Additional fees paid to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services may apply.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

For the latest information on the government’s termination of the DACA program, see our DACA news feed and these fact sheets in English and Español.

For advice or assistance with DACA renewal applications, please call our Brooklyn Office at (718) 236-3000 or our Queens Office at (347) 472-3500.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

We assist eligible immigrants from certain designated countries apply for temporary status in the United States and renewable work authorization documents. More information on TPS can be found here. We also have TPS updates sorted by nation: Haiti | Honduras | El Salvador | Nepal | Nicaragua

Citizenship

We provide legal assistance for green card holders in the tri-state area who wish to become American citizens. Visit us again to find out about our upcoming naturalization workshops.

If you are a green card holder and interested in applying for citizenship, you can text (718) 866-3687 to set up an appointment or with any naturalization questions.
Si usted tiene la residencia y esta interesado en solicitar la ciudadanía, puede enviar un mensaje de texto a (718) 866-3687 para una consulta o con cualquier pregunta sobre la naturalización.

Family Reunification

We help United States citizens and permanent residents obtain immigration status for their family members inside and outside of the United States.

Asylum and Humanitarian Relief

For advice or assistance with any of these matters please contact our Brooklyn office at (718) 236-3000 or our Queens office at (347) 472-3500.

Asylum
We assist individuals who have either suffered harm or who have a fear of returning to their home countries.

T (trafficking victim) visas
We assist survivors of labor and sex trafficking obtain immigration relief.

U (crime witness/victim) visas
We assist survivors of certain crimes who have cooperated with law enforcement apply for immigration relief.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petition
We assist immigrant survivors of domestic violence who are/ were married to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
We assist immigrant youth under the age of 21 who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by one or both parents in applying for immigration relief.

Deportation Defense

We assist immigrants at facing removal from the United States whose cases are current before the New York City Immigration Court as well as those with prior orders of removal. We serve New Yorkers residing in Brooklyn and Queens, and all of our services are free of charge. 

We encourage all immigrants to learn about the federal government’s Expedited Removal program, and how to reduce the risk of being deported without the opportunity to see an Immigration Judge. More information about Expedited Removal is available in English and Spanish.

For advice or assistance with any of these matters please contact our Brooklyn office at (718) 236-3000 or our Queens office at (347) 472-3500 and indicate that you are currently facing deportation.