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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

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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

Naturalization rates rebound from COVID

November 16, 2021

The number of people who became naturalized US citizens substantially increased in 2021. According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 808,000 individuals naturalized in the 2021 fiscal year which ended on September 30, 2021. In the fiscal year 2020, only 625,400 people naturalized. This increase follows Covid-19 pandemic office reopenings and the Biden…

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Biden ‘Remains in Mexico’ to the dismay of many

October 25, 2021

On October 15, 2021, the Biden administration announced its decision to reinstate Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy to take effect in November.  The policy requires migrants to remain in Mexico pending their asylum hearings.  Earlier this year the Biden administration terminated the policy. Then the states of Texas and Missouri sued, the federal court ordered…

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Life under ‘extreme hardship’

October 15, 2021

From New York Magazine, a very well-told story of the family trauma inflicted by our irrational immigration laws. This is a story about how we came to understand and experience immigration law – what it’s like to feel the awful weight of the state in your daily life, pressing suddenly on the most intimate of…

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New proposed DACA regulations are a modest step forward

September 30, 2021

The Department of Homeland Security published proposed new regulations for the DACA program.  This is the first step in trying to get DACA established via the normal federal regulatory process.  The original DACA program was created by a memo of the Secretary of Homeland Security in2012, rather than through legislation or a regulation based on…

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Connecticut’s population diversity continues to increase

August 19, 2021

Connecticut grew substantially more diverse in the past decade, based on newly released Census data. The Hispanic and Latino population increased from 13.4% to 17.3%.  The Black population increased from 10.1% to 10.8%. The Asian population grew from 3.8% to 4.8%.  Non-Hispanic whites decreased from 77.6% of the total in 2010 to 66.4% in 2020. …

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Towards more humane treatment of immigrant crime victims

August 16, 2021

On August 11, 2021 the Biden administration issued guidance instructing U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) to stop the detention and deportation of immigrants who were victims of crime. ICE described the new policy as a “victim-centered approach.” ICE Director Tae Johnson said the guidance may help immigrants come forward to assist in investigations.  “When…

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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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