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Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland - Migration and Refugee Services/Immigration Legal Services

  • Location:
    7800 Detroit Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44102
  • Phone:
    (216) 939-3769
  • Fax:
    (216) 939-3890
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Mail/Letter, Phone calls, Survivors of Torture should call (216) 939-3840
  • Appointments accepted:
    Yes

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services (ILS) has three immigration attorneys and two paralegals. ILS provides services to low income individuals without regard to legal status. ILS charges a nominal fee and accepts some pro bono cases. Services provided include, but are not limited to: consultations, family reunification, adjustment of status, asylum, naturalization, representation in removal proceedings, DACA, and DAPA (when it becomes available). ILS is part of Catholic Charities' Migration and Refugee Services program, which is the largest resettlement office in Northeast Ohio. Catholic Charities provides a wide range of programs and services to assist refugees in becoming self-sufficient, active members of their communities. In addition, special programs are available for survivors of torture.

Counties served: Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Wayne
Detention Facilities Served: Geauga County Jail (OH), Maple Heights City Jail (OH)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Employment services, ESL, Health services, Language services, Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Legislative advocacy (state or national), Office Of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)-funded services for trafficking victims, Psychological or psychiatric services, Referrals to other services, Social services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese Chinese, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, Farsi, Filipino, French, Fuganese, German, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Ilocano, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Kirundi, Korean, Kurdish, Laotian, Malay-Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese, Nepali, Oromo, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Signers for the deaf: ASL, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese, Swahili, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish, Chin, Dinka, Karen
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? Yes