DMRS’ Religious Workers Program handles a wide-variety of cases, including:

  • Petitions for Nonimmigrant Religious Workers (I-129)
  • Petitions for Immigrant Religious Workers (I-360)
  • Applications for Adjustment of Status (Permanent Residency) (I-485)
  • Applications for Naturalization

Individuals coming to the U.S. seeking employment as a Religious Worker may be eligible for certain benefits under U.S. immigration law.  We provide full representation in religious worker cases to individuals in the Roman Catholic Dioceses of El Paso and Las Cruces only.

During your consultation, an Accredited Representative will ask questions about you, your immigration history, and your criminal history.  At the conclusion of your consultation, you will be advised regarding your eligibility to apply for immigration benefits.  If you are eligible, our staff 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 with our Religious Workers Program are conducted by appointment only.  The filing of petitions for religious workers must be done with the consent of the appropriate Roman Catholic Diocese before proceeding.  Please make sure that you have spoken to the appropriate Diocesan personnel before you call seeking an appointment for a consultation.

Please contact Laura Gomez at (915) 532-3975 x211 to schedule an appointment.  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, pleaset bring the following documentation to your appointment:

** NOTE: If your original documents are torn or otherwise in poor condition, you may be asked to obtain new certified copies.

Meet our Religious Workers staff:

Should you have any questions for your caseworker, please see their contact information below.  If you have any concerns about your case that are not being addressed by your caseworker, please contact Melissa M. Lopez, Executive Director/Attorney at Law, to discuss your concerns.

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!

Melissa M. Lopez
Executive Director/Attorney at Law/Supervisor
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1001

Anna Hey
Deputy Executive Director/Attorney at Law
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1002

Annabel Veloz
Religious Caseworker
(915) 532-3975, ext. 1008

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