Immigration Services of Catholic Charities provides a broad range of immigration counseling and representation to immigrants and their families. We help clients understand the immigration law, learn their rights under the law, and to complete the immigration process successfully. Our staff includes attorneys, fully-accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Representatives, a case manager, and a staff translator.
In addition, we offer assistance for victims of domestic violence who may also be seeking immigration services.
Catholic Charities also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Classes.
Immigration Legal Services
We provide free or low-cost assistance to obtain family-based immigrant visas, adjustment of status to legal permanent residency, naturalization (citizenship) applications and preparation classes, VAWA petitions, U-visa applications, asylum (for children only), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), B-1/B-2 non-immigrant visas, Deferred Action applications, fiancée petitions, consular processing, travel documents/advance parole, renewals, work permit renewals, affidavits of support, etc.
We are currently scheduling community legal orientations to provide more information based on what information is already available on who may qualify for President Obama’s Executive Action (“deferred action – “DACA” and “DAPA”), as well as how to prepare for a future application for deferred action. If you would like to register for or receive more information on one of these free orientation sessions, please call our Administrative Relief “hotline” number at: (504) 310-6873 and leave a message providing your full name, phone number, and/or email address for our Administrative Relief Coordinator.
Support for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
In an effort to enhance services for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, our immigration staff attorney works with the New Orleans Family Justice Center in close collaboration with case managers, family law attorneys, behavioral therapists, the New Orleans Police Department, the District Attorney’s office and other domestic violence advocates, to help clients regain control of their lives while also receiving pro bono legal services to acquire lawful immigration status. This status protects the survivor from deportation in case of a law enforcement investigation and provides a path to permanent residency, and ultimately citizenship.
Services for Unaccompanied Children
We provide immigration legal representation and holistic case management to unaccompanied children from Central America who have been reunified with family/sponsors in the Greater New Orleans area. In addition to legal representation, these children often arrive having faced traumatic experiences in their home countries and during their flight to the U.S., and have significant social support needs. We provide case management and assessments to identify childrens’ special needs and connect them with appropriate resources to ensure their safety and protection.
We are currently scheduling community legal orientations for the families of unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. without a parent or guardian and were reunified by the government with family/sponsors in the GNO area. If you would like to register for or receive more information on one of these free orientation sessions, please call our main number at (504) 457-3462 and press “3” to leave a message providing your full name, phone number, and/or email address for our Unaccompanied Children’s Program.
Translation and Notary Services
We offer translation services of legal documents and birth certificates in general. The documents are certified in-house.
Refugee Resettlement Program
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Refugee Services provides resettlement and self-sufficiency services to over 100 newly arrived refugees and other immigrants with humanitarian legal status each year. We welcome refugees to the Greater New Orleans area with case management, employment assistance, cultural orientation, and other services to ensure their self-sufficiency and integration into our community. Case managers support refugee clients who are resettled here by the U.S. government from countries all over the world – from the time of their arrival at the airport for up to five years after their arrival. Common countries of origin include Cuba, Iraq, and Burma.
Volunteer opportunities with Immigration and Refugee Services include:
- Assisting clients to prepare documents and draft declarations in English in support of applications for immigration benefits;
- Accompanying clients to interpret during immigration interviews with US Citizenship and Immigration Services for naturalization, etc.
- Assistance and interpretation during social service-related appointments (i.e. to enroll in school and meetings with teachers, during individual and family counseling appointments, during health-related appointments, to apply for benefits such as social security, drivers licenses, etc.);
- Assistance and Interpretation during employment-related appointments (i.e. during interviews and to facilitate the job application process);
- Law student assistance to CCANO’s immigration staff with client screening and intakes, conducting legal research, and assisting with grant reporting and data collection on an as-needed basis at the ISP’s branch office in Metairie, as well as at the New Orleans Family Justice Center.
- Assistance with cultural orientation classes provided at CCANO’s offices in Metarie once a week
- Mentors for refugee clients and families in need of community/cultural orientation.
Please contact us at (504) 457-3462 to let us know you’re interested!