Legal Services

We offer low-cost assistance with the filing of applications for citizenship; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); adjustment of status through an immediate relative petition; renewals of green cards and work permits; Temporary Protected Status (TPS); self-petition for victims of domestic violence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provisions; and U and T Visas for victims of crime. We are not able to assist with employment-based visas, and cannot represent persons in detention or deportation proceedings. However, we can refer you or a loved one to a reputable immigration attorney, who charges a reasonable fee.

We provide services to low and moderate-income applicants only, up to 250% of the federal poverty guidelines. Please bring documentation of your income, such as your most recent tax return or two most recent paycheck stubs.

Drop-in consultations are currently paused, due to the COVID pandemic. For current clients, please email legal@laldef.org or call for an appointment to speak with a legal services coordinator.

That said, we ARE offering DACA screenings, applicants, and/or renewals. Please see below for more information.

DACA Information

An individual may be considered for Initial DACA if he or she:

  1. Was under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching his or her 16th birthday;
  3. Has continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; (See Form I-821D Instructions 04/24/19 Page 2 of 14)
  4. Was present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making his or her request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012; NOTE: No lawful status on June 15, 2012 means that:
    1. You never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012; or
    2. Any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had expired as of June 15, 2012.
  6. Is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a general educational development (GED) certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Coast Guard; and
  7. Has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

For additional questions about DACA eligibility and/or to file new applications or renewals, please email us at daca_query@laldef.org

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