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Immigration Legal Services

CNS Photo/B. McDermidImmigration Legal Services (ILS) provides low-cost, legal representation in immigration matters to those in our community whose household income falls below 200% of the poverty line. Through legal representation, the staff of ILS helps its clients re-unite with family living abroad; obtain U.S. citizenship; obtain legal permanent resident status and assist immigrants who have been victims of crimes.
 
Rebecca Lair, director
213 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4513
Phone: 616-551-4746
Fax: 616-514-6061
 
Staff members:
Sarah Yore Van Oosterhout, immigration attorney
Jenny Rosario, immigration attorney
Carola Carassa, administrative assistant
 
Resources
Description ​Resource
Client Services Guide ​(English | Español) updated Dec. 2013

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Justice for Immigrants is a diverse group of Catholic organizations with national networks working together with the U.S. Catholic bishops to maximize the Church's influence on the issue of immigration, consistent with the reform principles enunciated in the pastoral letter "Strangers No Longer." Visit the Justice for Immigrants website 

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An opportunity for Michigan Catholics to stay updated on public policy issues and easily contact their lawmakers. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network

November Webinar Series
The USCCB and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. invite you to participate in a series of free Friday webinars on immigration during November. Register for the November webinar series

Strangers No Longer is a Pastoral Letter Concerning Migration from the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States. Read Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope
​I was a Stranger is the Michigan Bishops' Statement on Immigration Read I was a Stranger in English and Español
​Migration Policy & Unaccompanied Migrant Children Resource Kit
from the USCCB
Migration Policy | Resource Kit
Notario Fraud
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, a group of senators called
the “Gang of 8” introduced a bill about immigration reform.
A bill is not a law. It’s just a proposal for a law. It is important
to keep in mind that this is the beginning of the process
and that there is no new law and nothing new to apply
for at this time! There is no new legalization law or
program yet. There might not ever be one. Even if this
proposal is ultimately approved, the process of approval will take many weeks or months.
Protect yourself and your family from scams
(¡Protéjase usted y a su familia contra las estafas!)
Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (English | Español)
​Public Service Announcement ​AILA (English | Español)
 
Photo credit (above): CNS/Brendan McDermid, Reuters, April 18, 2013 - Immigrant from Dominican Republic takes oath of citizenship in New York.