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Catholic Immigration Legal Services
Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) provides quality legal immigration assistance to low-income residents of Washington. Currently, CILS provides free citizenship/N-400 application assistance to people who are currently on public benefits or living in the city of Seattle, and free citizenship and green card assistance to refugees and asylees who have been in the U.S. less than five years. CILS has two office locations: Seattle and Mt. Vernon.
All other immigration and citizenship services are provided for a small fee in Seattle and Mount Vernon (Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan and Snohomish counties).
Services provided by CILS include:
- DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) / DREAMers
- Family-based immigration
- Citizenship/naturalization (including fee and disability waivers)
- Adjustments of status (Green Cards)
- Travel documents
- Employment authorization
- Green Card replacements or renewals
- Mock interviews
- Community outreach to encourage people to apply for citizenship and enhance awareness of citizenship benefits
Catholic Immigration Legal Services is a BIA-recognized program that assists in assuring high quality legal representation. The BIA is the administrative appellate court for immigration law in the United States. The staff of a BIA-recognized agency must have a certain level of experience in, and knowledge of, immigration law to be accredited by the BIA to provide immigration legal services. BIA-accreditation also ensures that caseworkers will not be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.
Catholic Immigration Legal Services main office is located at 100-23rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144. The Mt. Vernon Family Immigration Services office is located at 320 Pacific Place, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273. We do not have drop-in appointments.
If you would like to speak to someone about your immigration case in Seattle, please call (206) 328-6314 or (206) 328-5714 to complete an immigration phone intake. In the Mt. Vernon area, please call (360) 416-7095, ext. 226. Click here to contact us via email.
Please note, we can only provide legal immigration services to people living in Washington State. If you live outside Washington State, click here to try and find an immigration legal service provider in your state or click here to download the directory.
CILS is seeking Pro-Bono Attorneys for help with DACA, N-400 and I-485 cases. Click here for the job description.
CILS is seeking a volunteer Legal/Administrative Assistant. Click here for the job description.
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) / DREAMers
What is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?
On June 15, 2012, immigration officials announced a new “deferred action” program that provides eligible applicants with two-year temporary legal status which may be renewed.
How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for DACA?
Below is a checklist for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):
- ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- Born on or after June 16, 1981
- Came to the United States before reaching 16th birthday
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 (the past 5 years), up to the present time
- If previously deported, ordered removed, or left the US during this period, DISCUSS WITH AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making DACA application
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
- Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, or obtained a general education certificate (GED)
- Have NOT been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
- If you have any arrests or criminal convictions, DISCUSS WITH AN ATTORNEY
- Be at least 15 years old to file an application (unless you are or have been in deportation proceedings)
What is deferred action?
When an immigrant is granted “deferred action,” it means the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has deemed the individual a low priority for immigration enforcement and has chosen to exercise its discretion and not deport the individual. Deferred action provides temporary relief from enforcement but may be revoked at any time. Deferred action is not amnesty or immunity. It does not provide lawful immigration status or a path to a green card or citizenship. It does not extend to any family members of the person granted deferred action.
For more information about DACA, click here for Immigration Policy Center’s DACA Q&A fact sheet.
Pro-immigrant Organizations / Organizciones Pro-inmigrantes
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project / Proyecto de Los Derechos del Inmigrante del Noroeste
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc
Own the DREAM: http://www.weownthedream.org/
DACA - Document Checklist
This is a checklist of the documents required to determine eligibility for DACA. Gather all the documents, fill them out and take with you (unsigned) to one of the workshops.
[downloadable link HERE to file “DACA Checklist Final 082312 NWIRP English.pdf”]
DACA - Lista de Documentos
Esta es una lista de los documentos que se requiere tener en mano para determinar elegibilidad de DACA. Reuna todos los documentos, llénelos y llévelos a uno de los talleres, pero sin firmarlos.
[enlace para descargar AQUÍ to file “DACA Checklist Final 082312 NWIRP Spanish.pdf”]
For flyers in ENGLISH and SPANISH for upcoming clinics, please click below:
Workshops by NWIRP / Talleres por NWIRP
[downloadable link HERE to file “NWIRPDREAMer Workshop Flyer English.pdf”]
[enlace para descargar AQUÍ to file “NWIRPDREAMer Workshop Flyer Espanol.pdf”]
Workshops in Northwest Washington (Whatcom & Skagit Counties)
[downloadable link HERE to file "Northern WA DACA Clinics"]
Upcoming FREE Citizenship Days on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10 AM - 3 PM in Centralia, Pasco, Yakima, and Seattle.
Click below for flyers in multiple languages.
CCS Family Immigration to Provide Help for DREAMers
Please click here for more information.