Immigration Legal Services


CCA provides low-cost, quality legal immigration services to more than 6,000 clients annually. A multi-lingual staff specializing in immigration law provides comprehensive immigration legal services to help eligible individuals and families obtain their permanent legal status, assist clients with the naturalization process, and provide legal representation during deportation proceedings. We specialize in assisting survivors of domestic violence, abandoned or neglected foreign children, detained clients, and victims of trafficking and crimes.

The Immigration Legal Services Program provides services for low income immigrants through appointments only. All new potential clients must obtain a consultation to assess their immigration options. Immigration Legal Services does not represent clients with domestic violence convictions, child abuse or child neglect convictions, or other such serious crimes.

“My immigration situation, once thought to be highly impossible, has finally come to a successful end! What a relief not only for me, but also for my three little girls and fiancé. Without the help of Catholic Charities Atlanta and the advice of your staff, I don’t know what could have happened to me.”  – Art, from East Atlanta, Ga


Immigration Legal Services

Our Program provides the following immigration legal services to eligible persons:

  • Family based applications.
    Petitions for family members to reside legally in the United States based on the current categories of eligible family members.
  • Asylum based applications.
    Services for immigrants seeking asylum before the immigration service and also before the Immigration court. Services for asylees seeking to petition for family members and services for refugees seeking to adjust their status.
  • Immigration court defense services.
    Direct representation before the Atlanta Immigration Court.
  • Naturalization services for eligible applicants.
  • Legal immigration services for Trafficking victims, victims of crimes (U visa).
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) visas.
    Obtaining juvenile court orders and obtaining lawful immigration status for children who have been abandoned, neglected, and abused and are in the U.S.
  • Various other lawful status as derived from the Immigration law.

Legal Orientation Program

With support from the Vera Institute of Justice, CCA attorneys present group legal orientation sessions to thousands of detainees every year at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA and Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA. This program is funded by the United States Department of Justice and is intended to improve the immigration court process.

These legal orientation sessions provide comprehensive explanations about immigration court procedures along with other basic legal information to large groups of detained individuals.

Legal Representation for Victims of Violence

CCA serves immigrant women and young children under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Special provisions under VAWA allow abused immigrant spouses, children or parents of U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents to self-petition for their permanent residency without relying on their abusers. CCA staff represents such individuals before USCIS (United States Citizen Immigration Services) and Immigration Court under the VAWA special provisions. Our staff also represents victims of human trafficking, sexual assault and other crimes under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act.

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New client services are provided by appointment only.

Please call (678) 222-3920 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM for information on how to schedule an appointment.

The Immigration Legal Services offices are located at: 2305 Parklake Drive, Building 9, Suite 150 Atlanta, GA 30345.


Clients Helped
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17% of Clients are Children
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Services to unaccompanied children have increased by 60%
23 victims of violence have been helped under VAWA program
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