Immigration Legal Services


CARECEN’s legal department helps community members navigate the confusing and intimidating immigration process. The program seeks to facilitate Latino immigrants’ transition to the United States, reunite families, secure work authorization and economic security, and seek legal relief and justice for victims of crimes and abuse. Specifically, the low- or no-cost services provided include assistance with naturalization, family visa petitions, consular processing, obtaining and maintaining Temporary Protected Status, and filing for U Visas. In addition to direct services, CARECEN’s legal department educates community members through “Know Your Rights” forums on topics including immigration, civil rights, and notario fraud.

Learn more about President Obama’s Executive Action and services CARECEN will provide for the community.

Annually, our legal staff provides direct service to more than 3,000 community members in the following areas:

  • Assisting eligible youth to apply for deferred action (click here for more info)
  • Assisting eligible Lawful Permanent Residents in applying for U.S. citizenship.
  • Assisting with renewal of Employment Authorization Documents.
  • Assisting residents in obtaining and maintaining Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • Helping families reunite through assistance with family visa petitions, adjustment of status and consular processing.
  • Assisting eligible clients obtain Lawful Permanent Residence under the provisions of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA).
  • Obtaining legal relief for victims of criminal acts under the U Visa program.
  • Providing court representation for individuals in removal proceedings.
  • Holding individual consultations, educational workshops and immigration clinics to provide information on legalization under existing laws and proposed measures for reform.
  • Providing referrals of complex immigration cases to pro bono and low cost attorneys.

For more information on our clients, please visit Who We Serve.


CARECEN’s current immigration service schedule as changed, as of April 3rd, 2017.  Please call us at 202-328-9799 to obtain the most up to date schedule.  We will publish it online in the coming days.