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Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services

San Mateo

Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services | San Mateo

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The key mission of Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services is to assist clients in achieving legal status and economic self-sufficiency, as well as, becoming fully active participants in the social and civic life of our communities.

Catholic Charities Center for Immigration Legal & Support Services San Mateo is recognized by the Department of Justice and our staff are accredited or licensed to provide immigration counseling and representation. Through our work, we help immigrants understand the law and to know their rights. Our program is designed to advise and guide clients through the immigration process in an efficient, effective, and professionally caring manner. We serve our clients through a variety of services that include:

LEGAL SERVICES

We provide legal immigration consultations to determine the eligibility of potential applicants.

We reunite families and keep them together through:
   -  Family-based petitions
   -  Adjustments of Status
   -  Consular Processing
   -  Waivers of unlawful presence

We assist victims of crime and persecution through:
   -  U Visas
   -  T Visas
   -  VAWA
   -  Political Asylum
   -  Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

We represent clients in Removal Proceedings through:
   -  Bond Hearings
   -  Political Asylum
   -  Cancellation of Removal

We offer additional comprehensive services such as:
   -  Naturalizations
   -  DACA
   -  TPS
   -  Green Card Renewals and Replacements
   -  FBI background checks
   -  Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA)

OUTREACH & EDUCATION

An informed immigrant will be better prepared to take measures to improve their status and protect their families. Our programs conduct and participate in immigration workshops on a regular basis. We hold Know Your Rights workshops during each one of our consultations clinics. We also active participants in community events and meetings. We focus on informing immigrants about their rights, their immigration options, and also keeping them up to date about the most pressing issues that impact them. Please contact us if you would like an immigration-related workshop or presentation in your organization or community.

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

For the past few years, the Bay Area has continued to receive a steady influx of Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUM’s). These are children that have suffered violence, abuse, and neglect, and have experienced the difficult journey of crossing the US Mexico border on their own. Due to their age, status, and life experiences, this is an extremely vulnerable portion of the immigrant population.

Our program has developed a robust strategy to tend to the special needs of UUM’s. In addition, to providing free legal representation, the Center also offers the following services:

- Leadership academies
- Soccer tournaments
- Mentor matching
- Movie nights
- Cultural outings
- Thanksgiving potlucks
- Yearly holiday celebrations


Offices & Consultations

Please note: Monday workshops at our San Francisco and San Mateo Center for Immigration Legal and Support Services offices will be on hold for the remainder of the summer. Workshops will resume this fall. All current cases will not be affected. 

If you have an immigration emergency, please call our offices at 415 972 1238.

Immigration legal resources are also available at the following websites:

San Francisco: https://immigrants.sfgov.org/

San Mateo: https://cmo.smcgov.org/immigrant-services

You have rights regardless of your immigration status.  See our Immigration Resources page.

We are located at:

36 37th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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