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.

- 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.

Here is a comprehensive list of our immigration services in alphabetical order:

Advance Parole
Affidavit of Support
Affirmative Asylum
Amerasian Petition...
Appeals before the Administrative Appeals Unit (AAU)
Appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Assistance at USCIS w/ Interpreter
Asylee/Refugee Relative Petition
Asylum Proceedings
Battered Spouses/Children – (VAWA)
Cancellation of Removal
Change of Address
Change of Venue
Consular Processing
Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member
Cuban Adjustment
Cuban Parole & EAD
Deferred Action
Family Unity Benefits
Family Reunification
Fiancée Visa Petition
FOIA Request
Gender-Based Asylum
Immigrant Petitions
Immigrant Visa Applications
Immigration Asylum Representation
Immigration Court Representation
Immigration Detention
Immigration Proceedings
INFO-PASS Inquiries
Juvenile Dependency Cases
Legal Memorandum
LIFE Legalization – LULAC
Motion to Reopen/Reconsider
Naturalization/Citizenship Services
Orphan Petition
Orphan Petition Based on Adoption
Permanent Residency Application “Green Cards”
Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
Reentry Permit
Refugee Travel Document
Religious Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Petitions
Representation at Asylum Interview
Representation at Immigration Interview
Review Record of Proceeding
Stay of Deportation/Removal
T & U Visas
TPS Application
Translation of Documents
Work Permit
Widower Petition