Immigration

Offers Central Pennsylvania an alternative to the high cost of private immigration lawyers. Staff members are accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals and offer a multitude of services.

Church World Service’s Immigration Legal Services Program provides low-cost legal advice and representation to refugees, asylum-seekers, and other immigrants in central PA. Our program offers an alternative to the high cost of private immigration lawyers in central Pennsylvania. Church World Service/Lancaster is recognized by the Executive Office for Immigration Review of the U.S. Department of justice and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Three CWS staff members are accredited to practice Immigration law before the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). One staff member is also accredited to represent clients before the Immigration Courts.

Services are by appointment only. To make an appointment call (717) 358-9728. The consultation fee is $40.

Beware of Immigration Scams. Only attorneys or accredited representatives can give you legal advice about which forms to submit, Explain immigration options you may have, communicate with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about your case. “Notarios,” notary publics, immigration consultants and businesses cannot give you legal immigration advice.

In many other countries, the word “notario” means that the individual is an attorney, but that is not true in the United States. If you need help with immigration issues, be very careful before paying money to anyone who is neither an attorney nor a BIA-accredited representative of a recognized organization. To find more information about how to avoid immigration scams, please visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams.

Know Your Rights Project 

CWS offers tailored Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations and trainings to local immigrant- and refugee-led groups, as well as allies and individual immigrants in the community. Events include rights awareness education, practice of exercising one’s rights and resisting unjust enforcement tactics. Immigrants will learn how to protect their rights as workers as well as basic constitutional rights. 

Immigration Legal Screening Project for Mexican Nationals

This project is a partnership between CWS, CLINIC and the Embassy of Mexico to screen Mexican nationals, identify potential eligibility for immigration benefits, and provide Know Your Rights (KYR) information and materials, all free of charge.

Citizenship and Integration Program

The Citizenship & Integration Program provides free citizenship classes and legal services for eligible permanent residents who are interested in becoming U.S. citizens. Morning and evening classes are offered through the Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) in Lancaster and Lebanon.  Legal representation is provided by CWS legal program staff at no charge. To get more information or register for classes, please contact:

Griffin Durling

(717) 358-9357

gdurling@cwsglobal.org

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