Founded in 1998, Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami, Inc. (CLS) provides professional immigration services to the South Florida’s refugee and immigrant community, particularly to low-income clients. Services include filing documents as well as providing attorney representation before immigration authorities including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), and Florida Dependency Court.
Throughout the years we have served thousands and thousands of clients helping them with a variety of immigration issues including obtaining employment authorization, adjusting their legal status, procuring asylum, becoming a U.S. citizen, petitioning family members, etc. Most of these services are provided free of charge for qualifying clients or for a nominal fee to those who do not quality. Oftentimes, we are able to help clients in their native language including Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Portuguese, and Italian. Our clients include newcomers, detained individuals, victims of domestic violence, human trafficking survivors, individuals without legal status, people with criminal histories, juveniles, individual with physical/mental disabilities, torture survivors, and others. We serve clients without reference to their race, religion, gender, ethnic group, or other distinguishing characteristics.