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.
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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.
CCANO holds free legal self-help desks every Tuesday from 5-8 PM at a variety of locations to provide information on who may qualify for immigration benefits, answer simple immigration questions and make referrals. If you would like more information on the location of the next self-help desk, please call (504) 310-6860 and leave a message with your full name, phone number and/or email address.
- First Tuesday of each month from 5-8 PM
St. Charles Parish Library East Regional
160 W Campus Dr, Destrehan, LA 70047
- Second Tuesday of each month from 5-8 PM
North Kenner Library
630 W Esplanade Ave, Kenner, LA 70065
- Third Tuesday of each month from 5-8 PM
First Grace United Methodist Church
3401 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
- Fourth Tuesday of each month from 5-8 PM
635 4th St, Westwego, LA 70094
Free Community Legal Orientations
We are currently scheduling free community legal orientations for the public to learn about the following topics and more:
- “Know Your Rights” information
- Common forms of immigration relief
- Immigration court proceedings
- Recent changes in immigration law
- Legal and other resources in the community for immigrants
Call (504) 310-6862 for more information.
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 children’s special needs and connect them with appropriate resources to ensure their safety and protection.
Translation and Notary Services
We offer translation services of legal documents and birth certificates in general. The documents are certified in-house.
Volunteer opportunities with Immigration 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.
- 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 Metairie once a week.
Please contact us at (504) 457-3462 to let us know you’re interested!
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