DMRS’ General Legal Services Program (GLS) handles a wide-variety of cases, including:
- Petitions for Relatives’ Legal Permanent Residence (I-130)
- Widow Petitions (I-360)
- Applications for Adjustment of Status (Permanent Residency for family based/refugee/asylee/Cuban based residency) (I-485)
- Petitions to Remove the Conditions on Residence (I-751)
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (I-821D)
- Waivers for Prior Removals and other Ineligibility Grounds (I-212)
- Waivers for Grounds of Inadmissibility (I-601)
- Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence (I-601A)
- Application for Temporary Protected Status (I-821)
- Application for Employment Authorization (I-765)
- Application for Family Unity Benefits (I-817)
- Naturalization (N-400)
- Application for Citizenship through Acquisition (Acquired Citizenship) (N-600)
- Application for Citizenship through Derivation (Derived Citizenship) (N-600)
- Applications to Replace/Renew Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) cards (I-90)
- Individuals who are currently Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship through the Naturalization process. Citizenship may also be obtained through other methods including the transmission of citizenship from a U.S. citizen parents to their child.
- Other family-based immigration applications
U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) can submit applications seeking lawful status for some eligible relatives. During your consultation, an Accredited Representative will ask questions about the Petitioner (U.S. Citizen or LPR) and the Beneficiary (the person benefiting from the application). If you are applying for Citizenship or to renew your LPR card, the Accredited Representatives will ask questions about you, your criminal history, your immigration history, and your trips outside of the U.S to determine your eligibility for citizenship or the renewal of your LPR card. If you are eligible, our Accredited Representatives will prepare and file your application. With your continued cooperation, we will provide representation until a final decision is reached in your case. It is important that all prior immigration history or criminal history be disclosed during the consultation; there are ways to remedy these situations if they are disclosed. However, if you do not disclose this information, it is likely it will be discovered later in the process and may affect your application.
Consultations are conducted on a walk-in basis only (NO appointments) on Monday through Thursday mornings. Please arrive early, but no later than 9:30 am as a limited number of spaces are available, and once the available spaces are taken, people will be turned away. The consultation fee is $50 for those who do not qualify for Free Legal Services. In order to properly assess your case and your eligibility for benefits, please bring the following documentation to your appointment:
- Original Birth Certificate from the Beneficiary and Petitioner
- Original Marriage Certificate for ALL marriages of the Beneficiary and Petitioner (even those that took place outside the U.S.)
- Original Certified Divorce Decree for ALL prior marriages from the Beneficiary and Petitioner
- Original Birth Certificates for all the Beneficiary’s Children including deceased children
- Certified Copies of ALL criminal records for both the Petitioner and the Beneficiary
- Lawful Permanent Resident card (or a copy if you lost the original)
- Social Security card
- State-Issued Identification or Driver’s License
** NOTE: If your original documents are torn or otherwise in poor condition, you may be asked to obtain new certified copies.
Meet Our General Legal Services Program Staff:
Should you have any questions about your case, please contact Albert Lopez, the General Legal Services Program’s Accredited Representative and Supervisor.
NOTE: Phone and email inquiries with specific questions will only be answered for current clients. If you would like to inquire about your eligibility, you must visit our office for an in-person consultation. We look forward to meeting and working with you!
Accredited Representative/General Legal Services Unit Supervisor
(915) 532-3975, ext. 226
(915) 532-3975, ext. 242
(915) 532-3975, ext. 228
(915) 532-3975, ext. 247
(915) 532-3975, ext. 211
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