The LAA houses a full-service immigration law firm in our Buford Highway premises, and provides Immigration Legal Services at our locations in Athens and Lawrenceville, GA. Our Immigration Services Department offers an expansive array of affordable legal services to help eligible immigrants obtain legal status in this country. We represent clients with all types of immigration cases, including family petitions; naturalization and citizenship; deportation proceedings; legal protections for juveniles and for immigrant victims of crime; asylum; and deferred action, among others.
Immigration Legal Services
There are many reasons why immigrants and their families need the services of an immigration attorney. We are here to help you and your family navigate the complex U.S. immigration system and secure the immigration status that you and your family members are eligible for.
Our Immigration Services Department offers affordable legal services to help eligible low-income immigrants and asylum seekers obtain immigration benefits in this country. We represent clients with all types of immigration cases, including family petitions; naturalization and citizenship; removal proceedings; protections for minors and for immigrant victims of crime; asylum; and deferred action, among others.
Our professional staff includes bilingual/bicultural attorneys and paralegals with years of experience practicing immigration law and working with immigrants. We are committed to working with individuals to secure the legal protections they may be eligible for.
- Family petitions
- Applications for and renewals of lawful permanent resident cards (“green cards”)
- Naturalization and citizenship applications
- Removal defense services for non-detained immigrants
- Immigration services for victims of crime
- Immigration services for minors
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Applications and renewals of work permits
- Consular processing
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
The Latin American Association (LAA) + the Athens Latino Center for Education and Services (ALCES) will be offering immigration legal services starting on July 3, 2017.
Services offered include:
Work permit applications and renewals
Legal Permanent Resident/green card applications and renewals
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and renewals
To schedule a consultation, call 404.702.0271
IMPACT TO DACA SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE LATIN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
In light of the announcement made by the Trump administration to rescind DACA, our Immigration Services Department will:
- Not accept new initial DACA requests. If you are eligible for DACA but have not applied as of today, you are not able to apply.
- Prioritize DACA renewal applications for clients who have DACA expiring between now and March 5, 2017. These renewals must be accepted by USCIS by October 5, 2017, so if your work permit is expiring soon you must act quickly.
- USCIS will no longer accept applications for advanced parole from DACA recipients; this documents previously allowed DACA recipients to travel abroad. Because USCIS will no longer accept these applications, our Immigration Department will not file advanced parole applications based on DACA.
- Any pending advanced parole applications will be administratively closed by USCIS and fees for those applications will be returned. If this action affects any of our clients, your legal representative will be in contact with you.
The LAA will be giving priority to DACA renewal cases over the next three weeks to ensure that eligible DACA recipients are able to file their renewals before the October 5 deadline. We urge clients to act quickly to get an appointment. For an appointment in our Atlanta office, please come in person Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. or call 404-471-1889. For an appointment in our Athens office, please call 404-702-0271.
Our Immigration Services Department does not accept cases regarding employment-based visas, tourist visas, student visas or legal representation of individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
WE SEE CLIENTS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Due to the complexity of immigration laws, we cannot answer questions over the phone. We see clients and prospective clients by scheduled appointments only.
New clients who want a consultation can come into the office Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. to make an appointment.
On Fridays, we will only give appointments over the phone. Call Lilian Pleitez at 404.471.1889 to make an appointment. We will NOT attend to walk-ins on Fridays.
When you come to your appointment, please bring proof of income.
CITIZENSHIP DRIVE IN ATLANTA
The Latin American Association, the Asian American Advancing Justice Atlanta, Catholic Charities Atlanta and the New Americans Campaign will be hosting a Citizenship Day on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
For more information, visit http://thelaa.org/services-and-programs/immigration-services.