Immigration Legal Services


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Providing low-cost legal representation in immigration matters

(en Español)

Immigration Legal Services (ILS) provides low-cost, legal representation in immigration matters to those in our community whose household income falls below 200% of the poverty line. Through legal representation, the staff of ILS helps its clients reunite with family living abroad; obtain U.S. citizenship; and obtain legal permanent resident status. ILS also assists immigrants who have been the victims of crimes. ILS manages more than 1,000 cases per year.

Available services, costs and policies:
(English | Español)

Call 616-551-4746 to schedule an appointment.

Resources

DACA Renewal Services through ILS (updated November 2019)
DACA and DREAMER Resources (Justice for Immigrants, November 2019)

​Notario Fraud
In June 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services issued a new policy memorandum regarding when the agency will issue Notices to Appear in immigration court. In essence, if a person applies for an immigration benefit, and is denied for any reason, and is removable for any reason, they will be issued a Notice to Appear in immigration court to fight against their removal. This makes it even more important for applicants for any benefits to consult with an experienced immigration attorney before applying for any immigration benefit, including citizenship.

Read the memorandum here.

Resources to assist with encounters with Immigration Enforcement
Know your rights if ICE stops you in public | Conozca sus Derechos si ICE lo para en público

Additional agencies serving immigrants
If you are unable to receive services through the Immigration Legal Services office, or if you require assistance not available through the ILS office, please see the additional resources below:
Michigan Immigrant Service Provider reference guide (assembled by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center)
Selected Immigration Legal Services Providers in Michigan, including private attorneys (list assembled by Immigration Legal Services)

From the USCCB:
Statement on: Family separation | Restrictions on asylum | Travel ban
Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, a pastoral letter concerning migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States.
Migration Policy | Unaccompanied Migrant Children Resource Kit

​Take Action
Justice for Immigrants is a diverse group of Catholic organizations with national networks working together with the U.S. Catholic bishops to maximize the Church's influence on the issue of immigration, consistent with the reform principles enunciated in the pastoral letter "Strangers No Longer."
Visit the Justice for Immigrants website.​

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