Springdale

Catholic Immigration Services

Provides low-cost immigration counseling to those eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance

Provides Low-Cost Immigration Services

Catholic Charities Immigration Services in Springdale provides low-cost immigration counseling and support to families and individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance. This organization is a member of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. 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. | En Español | General Services | Victim Assistance | Get Directions | How You Can Help | Resources

Walk-ins Welcome on Tuesdays

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.

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Catholic Immigration Services in Springdale is located at 2022 W. Sunset Ave., Springdale, AR 72762. Click on the map below to get Google driving directions specific to your location.


General Immigration Services

  • 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.

Services for Immigrant Victims

  • 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.


Resources

Welcome the Strangers Among Us

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor wrote "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Rights of Immigrants," a pastoral letter that challenges us to open our minds and hearts to Christ's teachings as well as learn the plight of immigrants seeking a better life in the United States.

Immigration Myths and Facts

Some people discount immigration reform because they are against an “amnesty,” or because they feel that immigrants should have to follow the rules and stand in line, or even because of fear of changing values. However, many of these distinctions are being made on the basis of myths that have no real basis in reality. In this article, we will explore some common myths to help understand the immigration phenomenon.

What Do You Think When You Hear the Word "Immigrant?"

Most people hear the word “immigrant” and think “illegal.” This is an unfortunate connotation that doesn’t take into account the millions of immigrants who are here in the United States with permission. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is the government agency responsible for controlling immigration to the United States.

World View at Heart of Immigration Debate

In Southern Africa, humanity is defined through your relationships with others. The Zulu word, “Ubuntu,” speaks to the interconnectedness of all people. There are many different ways of explaining this concept, but essentially it means, “I am because you are.” Although our society idealizes the idea of the rugged individual who can strike out on their own and become successful, we must remember that we are all one family in Christ. To love God is to love one another.



How You Can Help

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