Legal Aid Service of Collier County’s Immigration Unit provides assistance to income eligible residents of Collier County in the following areas:
- We assist immigrant victims of domestic violence, victims of human trafficking, and victims of other violent crimes, in obtaining lawful immigration status.
- We represent abused, abandoned, or neglected immigrant children in their applications for lawful permanent residence.
- We represent clients with meritorious defenses such as adjustment, cancellation, political asylum, and NACARA in removal proceedings in immigration court.
- We also work at family reunification through family petitions and visa practice, especially for families of farm workers.
- We represent TPS applicants. Citizenship applicants are referred to other non profit groups in the county like Catholic Charities, 239-657-6242 or Lutheran Services 239-278-5400 X237 with offices in Naples and Bonita Springs.
You may call the Immigration Court Information System (The Executive Offices for Immigration Review or EOIR) computer phone at 1-800-898-7180 for the next scheduled court date, results of immigration court of appeals decisions. Have your alien number ready to input.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) web site is www.USCIS.gov, where forms, instructions, and useful information are available, such as processing dates for action on petitions. With a receipt number (you can find this on the tip left of CIS receipts), you can find out the status of your application. The web site also has the new citizenship exam information.
Remember, all non-citizens must file form AR-11 within ten days of moving to a new address. If any applications are pending, notice of the new address must be sent to the appropriate CIS office where the application is pending.
Visa processing dates can be found at www.state.gov. Click on “visa”, then “Visa bulletin” to get the current month’s list of priority dates ready for each preference category. Spouse, parents and children that are under 21 years of age and unmarried children of US citizen petitioners are immediate relatives and once approved need not wait for a priority date to be ready.