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Immigration Legal Services

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A multi-lingual, multi-cultural staff in three locations provides legal services to foreign-born individuals in need of immigration assistance. The program's focus is primarily on family reunification and includes:

  • Family Petitions (I-130)
  • Adjustment application before US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Employment authorization under various programs
  • Removal of conditional residence
  • Fiancée Visa
  • Re-entry permits
  • NACARA applications
  • Temporary Protective Status
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Affirmative Asylum Applications
  • Naturalization applications
  • Limited court representations
  • VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) self petitions
  • Special Immigrant Petitions (Juveniles and Religious Workers)
  • Assistance with Consular process
  • “U” Visa Applications for Victims of Crime
  • “T” Visa Applications for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Limited Labor Certifications and Employment-Based Visas

Find one of Catholic Charities' Immigration Legal Services program location and phone number, please click here.

DHS Extends TPS Documentation for Six Countries

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a Federal Register notice extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021. 

The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record (collectively, TPS-related documentation). The validity dates for the affected countries are:

TPS Designation(s)                                         Current Expiration Date          New Expiration Date

El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan       Jan. 2, 2020                            Jan. 4, 2021

Honduras                                                         Jan. 5, 2020                            Jan. 4, 2021

Nepal                                                               March 24, 2020                       Jan. 4, 2021

DHS is extending the TPS documentation in compliance with the preliminary injunctions of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Ramos, et al. v. Nielsen, et. al. and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Saget, et. al., v. Trump, et. al., and with the order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to stay proceedings in Bhattarai v. Nielsen.

Should the government prevail in its challenge to the Ramos preliminary injunction, the secretary’s determination to terminate TPS for Nicaragua and Sudan will take effect no earlier than 120 days from the issuance of any appellate mandate to the district court. The secretary’s determination to terminate TPS for El Salvador will take effect no earlier than 365 days from the issuance of any appellate mandate to the Ramos district court to allow for an orderly transition for affected TPS beneficiaries. 

For more information, see the notice and the TPS page on the USCIS website.

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