Immigration in the DC metropolitan region is rapidly increasing. The region is home to more than 1 million foreign-born persons – one-fifth of the area’s total population. Between 2000 and 2008 the DC area foreign-born population increased 36.8%, compared to a 6.9% increase in the native born population.
More than 200 immigrants contact Ayuda each week seeking assistance. Almost half of all immigrants seeking assistance have a valid legal claim or available legal avenue to obtain legal status in the US. However, immigration laws and related legal proceedings are complex. In order to make a legal right a reality, low-income immigrants need help to successfully access and navigate our justice system. Without the aid of a professional, it is extremely difficult for individuals to understand the federal immigration bureaucracy and prevail in their legal case. Ayuda provides the essential services necessary for low-income immigrants to overcome these barriers.
Through weekly consultation hours, Ayuda offers direct legal consultations with an attorney and/or paralegal on a wide variety of family and humanitarian based immigration cases. Through these consultations, clients with a legal remedy can request brief services and/or full representation in filing applications or court representation. Types of immigration cases handled by Ayuda include:
- Adjustment of Status
- Advanced Parole
- Cancellation of Removal
- Consular Processing
- Family Petition
- Green Card Renewals
- Removal of Conditions
- Removal Proceedings
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- T Visa (Trafficking)
- U Visa (Crime Victims)
- VAWA Petition and Cancellation
- Work Authorization
For assistance with immigration matters, please come to our office during weekly consultation hours. For directions to our office and consult hours, please click here.