Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. (CLS) provides professional immigration services to the South Florida's refugee and immigrant community, particularly to low-income clients. Services include filing documents as well as providing attorney representation before immigration authorities including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), and Florida Dependency Court.
Our services include:
Work Permit - In order to obtain employment legally in the United States, newcomers require government authorization. The employment authorization is issued for a limited period of time and then it must be renewed. We do all the paperwork required to apply and/or reapply for employment authorization.
Asylum - People who come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution may be eligible for asylum and be permitted to remain in the country. We do all the paperwork and legal representation in court to apply for asylum.
Permanent Residency - Popularly known as obtaining the green card, permanent residency refers to the immigration process of becoming a legal permanent resident (LPR) of the United States. Once a newcomer is granted LPR status, he or she no longer needs a work permit to obtain legal employment in the U.S. We do all the paperwork required to obtain LPR status.
Citizenship - Also called naturalization, citizenship refers to the immigration process for becoming a citizen of the United States of America. The naturalization process requires several steps including determining eligibility, filling out an application, biometrics, and participating in an interview with USCIS which includes an English and Civics test. We do all the paper work required to apply for citizenship and provide guidance for accessing study materials.
Family Petitions - U.S. citizens and permanent residents can help eligible relatives residing in other countries legally migrate to the U.S. by filing a request with USCIS. We do all the paperwork required to petition a family member.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) - USCIS may grant temporary legal immigration status to nationals from designated countries. TPS beneficiaries may remain in the United States and obtain authorization for employment while the TPS is in effect. We do all the paperwork required to obtain TPS. Additionally, we may be able to help you acquire a new immigration status while registered for TPS.
Attorney Consultation - You may want to discuss the specifics of your case with an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you in the right direction. We provide affordable attorney consultation services.
Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide: 1. Legal representation and immigration services to those who come to South Florida from foreign lands. 2. Care and professional assistance to those who lack sufficient means to obtain legal help. 3. Quality services without regard to faith, race, national origin, or any other distinguishing characteristic.