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  • IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES

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    1. Contact us

    Call us at (203) 391-4084 or (203) 674-8585 Ext. 109 or email us.

    2. Submit our intake form

    3. Schedule your consultation

    We will give you an appointment at the earliest possible date.

    4. Payment

    $40 fee for consultations

    Cash, check, or Paypal

    After a consultation, we will determine if we can help you in these areas:

    Petition for family members, apply for Green Card

    If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, we can assist you to petition for eligible family members, both relatives in the U.S. and abroad.

    Become a Citizen

    We can help eligible permanent residents apply for citizenship and prepare for the citizenship exam.

    Get humanitarian protection

    We can help you apply for protection under federal law where: 

    • You fled your home country because of persecution or fear of persecution
    • You are the victim of a crime in the U.S.
    • You are a victim of domestic violence
    • You are a juvenile lacking parental protection.

    Get temporary protection, DACA, TPS

    If you came to the U.S. as a child, you may be eligible for DACA. If you came from certain countries as a result of a natural disaster or war, you may be eligible for TPS.

    Other immigration legal needs

    We can assist with Green Card renewals, travel permissions, certificates of citizenship, visa extensions, and many other USCIS processes.

    Assist with your own asylum claim

    We can help guide you file an initial asylum application, but without representing you.

    Frequently asked questions about our Immigration Legal Services

    Our fees recognize that many in the immigrant community have limited financial resources.  Our fees are fixed based on the immigration process we are assisting with. We also provide fee waivers based on income and family circumstances.

    Most of our staff and volunteers speak several languages, and we can arrange for interpreters.  We carry out consultations in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Arabic, French, Polish, and other languages.

    All information provided to Immigration Legal Services will be kept confidential to the maximum extent provided by law.  No information is released to third parties without the express consent of the client.

    Our initial consultations are by phone, Zoom, or WhatsApp. We have follow-up meetings in person at B1C when needed.  All cases where we provide representation will require at least one in-person meeting.

    We can assist a limited number of clients in Immigration Court in Hartford. Most of our work is focused on applications and petitions with the USCIS. If we cannot represent you in court, we will provide a list of other legal providers.

    Yes, our representation agreement includes assistance after filing.  This includes responding to “Requests for Evidence” from the government and preparation for interviews.

    Immigration law is complex, and submitting applications prepared by unlicensed persons can result in serious consequences for the immigrant. We strongly recommend only using licensed immigration attorneys or DOJ Accredited Representatives.

    Yes! Receiving public benefits -- including food stamps, Medicaid (Husky), or subsidized housing – for which a person is otherwise eligible is permitted.  It will not have a negative effect on current immigration status or eligibility for future immigration benefits.

    If we represent you, we will take full responsibility for completing and submitting forms based on the information you provide. However, we cannot review forms filled out by you or third parties and give a thumbs up or thumbs down.

    Immigration Legal Services’ exclusive focus is on immigration law issues. Other areas of B1C can assist you or provide referrals for non-immigration issues. We can put you in touch with the right person.

    Normally, an initial consultation tries to understand the general issues that an immigrant may be facing and answer questions.  If there are documents that will help us understand your situation better, please provide us copies before the consultation.

    Every month, we offer a free one-hour Q&A session with our immigration attorney on Zoom.  Anyone can attend without registration, and ask any immigration-related question they have.  The Q&A happens on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am.  Contact us for information on how to log in.

    Immigration News

    Biden Administration gives more flexibility for resolving Immigration Court cases

    July 23, 2021

    On July 15, 2021 Attorney General Merrick Garland restored the authority of immigration judges nationwide to pause and remove low priority immigration cases from the backlog of immigration court cases.  There are now more than 1.3 million cases pending in Immigration Courts – a backlog that doubled under Trump. This decision issued in Matter of…

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    New DACA applicants back in limbo

    July 22, 2021

    It was a brief breath of fresh air for many Dreamers.  In January, the government started accepting new DACA applicants for the first time since early in the Trump era.  These are all persons who arrived as children and have been in the U.S. since at least 2007. On July 16, a federal judge in…

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    New hope for asylum claimants

    June 24, 2021

    On June 16th U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland reversed restrictions on asylum eligibility imposed by the Trump administration. Garland’s decision means that Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security will return to pre-Trump era immigration policies and guidelines for asylum protection. Individuals fleeing gender-based violence, gang brutality, and persecution because of familial ties…

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    Supreme Court deals setback to TPS holders

    June 13, 2021

    On  June 7th, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Sanchez v. Mayorkas that immigrants who entered the U.S. without inspection and were subsequently granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) cannot qualify for permanent residency without leaving the country.  The Court ruled that Adjustment of Status to obtain lawful permanent residency in the U.S. is solely for noncitizens who were inspected at the border and admitted by an immigration officer.  Therefore, a majority of the approximate…

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    Setback for TPS holders

    June 13, 2021

    On June 7, the Supreme Court ruled in Sanchez v. Mayorkas that those immigrants who entered the U.S. without inspection and were subsequently granted temporary protected status (“TPS”) cannot be granted Green Cards without first leaving the country.  Therefore, a majority of the approximate 400,000 TPS holders currently in the U.S. will not be able to…

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    B1C honors Judge Robert Katzmann, distinguished jurist and founder of Immigrant Justice Corps

    June 12, 2021

    Building One Community honors the memory of Judge Robert A. Katzmann, who died this past week. Among his many professional and personal contributions, Judge Katzmann created the Immigrant Justice Corps, a program that enables recent law school graduates to gain in-depth experience in immigration law and represent immigrants that are facing nearly impossible odds for…

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    New TPS for Haiti authorized

    May 24, 2021

    The government announced that Haiti will be redesignated for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) as a result of conditions in the country. Haitians in the U.S. as of May 21, 2021 will be able to apply for TPS for two years and apply for work permits. Haitians currently covered by previous TPS designations will be able…

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    Census documents the slowdown in population growth

    May 10, 2021

    According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. population growth during the last decade was the slowest since the 1930s. From 2010 to 2020 the U.S. population grew by 7.4%, which is the second lowest rate since the U.S. began taking a decennial census in 1790. The lowest rate was during the Great Depression era. Economists…

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    Webinar on Venezuela TPS available online

    May 7, 2021

    The webinar on Venezuela TPS is available here. The one-hour conversation with leading immigration attorneys provided a framework for understanding the requirements for TPS, the benefits and risks of applying, and how to prepare the applications. In conjunction with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Lower Fairfield County Immigration Collaborative,…

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    Consulate Closures

    April 29, 2021

    As of April 8th, 2021, 76% of U.S. consulates remain fully or partially closed to visa processing to safeguard against the pandemic. This affects 71% of all visa applicants. While President Biden ended President Trump’s immigrant visa ban, this number of closures essentially continues the ban on legal immigration. According to a February 2021 State…

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