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Catholic Charities Immigration Services provides low-cost immigration counseling and support to families and individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance. The mission of Catholic Charities Immigration Services is to work for solidarity in our community by welcoming the stranger in the spirit of the Gospel. We recognize the inalienable right of all persons to human dignity. We therefore assist and advocate for immigrants to attain family unity, economic independence and social integration.
Our office is open for walk-in consultations every Tuesday at 8 a.m.; no appointment necessary. If you walk-in on any other day, you will be asked to return on a Tuesday. The consultation fee is $30. Our office is located at 2022 W. Sunset Ave., Springdale, AR 72762. For more information, call us at (479) 927-1996.
— Application Assistance: Prepares and files immigration applications and forms to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
— Counseling and Referrals: Counsels clients about immigration-related needs and refers clients to attorneys for legal assistance and deportation proceedings.
— Advocacy: Interacts with congressional representatives on behalf of immigrants.
— Education: Conducts immigration workshops and seminars at various events in the community.
— Help survivors of domestic violence married to U.S. citizens or other lawful permanent residents get lawful permanent resident status through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) act.
— Help victims of human trafficking (people forced or coerced into servitude) by working with the FBI.
— Assists survivors of certain crimes, like domestic violence, obtain Delayed Action and Employment Authorization when the victim is willing to help prosecute the criminal perpetrator.
— Work with law enforcement agencies and parish/community teams to educate them about immigrant victims' rights when they are victims of a violent crime and provide access to critical resources for victims when they are in crisis.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced application fee increases up to 37 percent for immigrants seeking benefits in 2016. Catholic Charities Immigration Services is the only nonprofit agency in the state recognized by the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals and one of the few charities that can assist low-income immigrants. Anyone can donate to Catholic Charities Immigration Services to help lower the fees for clients. To learn more, visit Arkansas Catholic or contact Jennifer Verkamp-Ruthven. To make a donation by check, address your donation to:
Attn: Jennifer Verkamp-Ruthven
Catholic Charities Immigration Services — Springdale
P.O. Box 7565
Little Rock, AR 72217-7565