Affected by Hurricane Harvey, or want to donate or volunteer?

Catholic Charities is offering workshops to provide limited immigration legal assistance to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Click here for more information.

NOTICE: Catholic Charities Disaster Operations will be closed on Sept. 6-7. Click here for more details.

The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative has compiled a list of helpful numbers and resources to food pantries, shelters, legal assistance and much more. Access the guide here.

If your DACA is expiring on or before March 5, 2018, we can help you renew!

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Memorandum rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). If your DACA and associated Employment Authorization (EAD) will expire on or before March 5, 2018, you must file your renewal application to have it accepted by USCIS no later than October 5, 2017.

DACA Renewal Workshop Dates (Please call 713.874.6570 or 713.595.4100 to register).

UPDATE: GCIR  – Mission Asset Funds has secured funding to cover 2,000 DACA renewals in the U.S. for FREE. DACA recipients simply apply and MAF will send a check already written out to USCIS for payment of DACA renewal. This is not a loan and no one will be asked to pay the money back. Note that funds are limited. Scholarship applications are here.

Catholic Charities’ St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigration Legal Assistance is dedicated to providing high-quality services to individuals otherwise unable to obtain legal representation. Our clients encompass victims of human trafficking, those separated from their families and eager to be reunited, and those who fear persecution in their country of origin.

Click here for Information for Pro Bono Attorneys and Law Students

Know Your Rights: Catholic Charities, in partnership with The Metropolitan Organization, created these videos for immigrants on how to handle interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers:

What to do if ICE comes to your home from The Episcopal Diocese of Texas on Vimeo.

Qué hacer si ICE se acerca a usted en público from The Episcopal Diocese of Texas on Vimeo.

What to do if ICE approaches you in public from The Episcopal Diocese of Texas on Vimeo.

Qué hacer si ICE llega a tu casa from The Episcopal Diocese of Texas on Vimeo.

Services Provided

We are dedicated to providing high quality, low-cost and pro bono legal services to immigrants and refugees who would otherwise not be able to obtain legal representation. Center activities include outreach, legal assessment and counseling, citizen application assistance, legal representation and advocacy. The Cabrini Center is the largest non-profit immigration legal service provider in Houston accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent individuals in immigration legal matters.

Information Sessions: Charlas

We provide on-site information sessions called Charlas, free of charge, three times per month at both the main office in Houston and in Richmond at Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center. Charla attendees learn about immigration laws, and afterwards have the opportunity for a free consultation with an Immigration Attorney or Accredited Representative. Free Citizenship Workshops are also offered each month and staff provides citizen application assistance. View our calendar for upcoming dates.

Citizenship Workshops

Application assistance is offered for a person seeking to apply for U.S. Citizenship. No service fees for counsel, advice and assistance with applications. Attorneys and accredited representatives will be present to screen for eligibility. All workshops begin at 8 A.M. unless otherwise noted. Please email Citizenship@CatholicCharities.org or call 713-874-6700 to register. Click on our events calendar to view the next available workshop.

Services for Children

Another service our Cabrini program offers is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Application Assistance Services, (DACA).

For more information on our homes for unaccompanied minors that have refugee or undocumented status, click here.

We accept the following cases:

  • Family Petitions
  • Naturalization
  • Cuban Adjustment
  • Refugee and Asylee Adjustment
  • T Visa, U Visa, & VAWA
  • Asylum
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Deferred Action

We do not accept the following cases:

  • Business or Employment Immigration
  • Legalization or new TPS cases
  • Other types of legal services such as Family Law
  • U.S. Passport Services

Eligibility

All services of the Cabrini Center are provided without regard to race, religion or socioeconomic status.

Applicants must have:

  • No criminal convictions with the exception of prior clients
  • No cases filed by other attorneys or notaries (unless we have a copy of previously filed I-130)
  • No Consular Processing cases if there are multiple entries
  • Clients must be referred by Refugee/Resettlement, St. Jerome’s, or through a Charla
  • No walk-ins are allowed except for Charlas – we see clients by appointment only.

Fees

$30 intake fee for all cases except:

  • Older Refugees
  • Refugee/Asylee Citizenship cases
  • Crime Victims cases
  • Income below 125% of the poverty guideline qualifies for free immigration legal services
    • We do not provide other forms of financial assistance
    • Must provide proof of income

Service Area

Main Office: 2900 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas 77006, 713-526-4611

Mamie George Community Center in Fort Bend County: 1111 Collins Road, Richmond, Texas 77469, 281-202-6200