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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.
 

Additional agencies serving immigrants

Should you be unable to receive services through the Immigration Legal Services office, or should you require assistance not available through the ILS office, please see the additional resources below:
 
Rebecca Lair-Ybanez, Esq., director
213 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4513
Phone: 616-551-4746
Fax: 616-514-6061
 
Staff members:
Nik Artaev, immigration attorney
Mike Griswold, immigration attorney
Jenny Rosario, immigration attorney
Kaitlin Munoz, legal secretary 

Resources

Client Services Guide ​​(English | Español) updated March 2018
 
​Notario Fraud
In June 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services issued a new policy memorandum regarding when the agency will issue Notices to Appear in immigration court. In essence, if a person applies for an immigration benefit, and is denied for any reason, and is removable for any reason, they will be issued a Notice to Appear in immigration court to fight against their removal. This makes it even more important for applicants for any benefits to consult with an experienced immigration attorney before applying for any immigration benefit, including citizenship. Read the memorandum here.
 
From the USCCB:
 
​Take Action
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."
 
​Michigan Catholic Conference's Catholic Advocacy Network (CAN)
An opportunity for Michigan Catholics to stay updated on public policy issues and easily contact their lawmakers. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network.
 
Photo credit (above): CNS/Brendan McDermid, Reuters, April 18, 2013 - Immigrant from Dominican Republic takes oath of citizenship in New York.