Immigration Services Empowering new Americans

Contact Information:

  • Address:

    87 N Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604

  • Walk-in Hours:

    Weekly walk-in hours are currently suspended, but we are seeing clients for urgent matters by appointment only. Clients may call (585) 546-7220 x4730 for assistance.

  • Phone:

    (585) 546-7220 x4703

  • Fax:

    (585) 262-7089

  • Email:

    immigration@cfcrochester.org

About the Program

Catholic Family Center has been providing Immigration Assistance as recognized by the Department of Justice (formerly known as BIA) since 1996.

Our Immigration team includes Accredited Representatives authorized by the BIA to provide counsel, intervention and official representation on immigration matters adjudicated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

During 2019, nearly 2,000 individuals were provided with assistance, including screenings and appointments for naturalization, family reunification, change of status, legal consultations, and work authorization applications.

Immigration Assistance Web Resources

What the Program Offers

CFC’s Immigration Assistance Programs currently offer the following services:

Citizenship & Naturalization

Assisting lawful permanent residents in applying for naturalization and helping those preparing for citizenship to access civics and English classes through our local community partners.

Citizenship Preparation Classes

A minimum intermediate level of English as a Second Language (ESL) is required to participate in these classes.

In collaboration with the Office of New Americans (ONA) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), we are pleased to offer support for individuals preparing for their USCIS interview for citizenship. Classes are held on Thursdays for 2 hours, and at the end of the series, each participant will have the opportunity to practice with a “mock interview”.

How to register: Individuals may register during our Monday afternoon walk-in hours, or by calling 585 546 7220 X4609, or email: glyzogubenko@cfcrochester.org.

Location: 87 N Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604, in our Refugee & Immigration Conference Room. 2020 update: due to the COVID19 pandemic in New York State, classes may be conducted virtually. Applicants will be informed during the registration process.

ESL and Naturalization Preparation Class

These classes are accessible to students who are at multiple levels of ESL: from beginner, intermediate and higher levels

These classes are offered to assist individuals along their ESL and naturalization preparation journey. Classes are held Mondays & Thursdays from 6-8 pm (2 days a week, for 2 hours each day, for a total of 4 hours a week). We may be offering a morning class during the summer of 2020; please inquire during registration for details.

How to register: Individuals may register during our Monday afternoon walk-in hours, or by calling 585 546 7220 X4628, or email: lmukhin@cfcrochester.org.

Location: 87 N Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604, in our Refugee & Immigration Conference Room. 2020 update: due to the COVID19 pandemic in New York State, classes may be conducted virtually. Applicants will be informed during the registration process.

Family Reunification

Assisting refugees with family reunification applications through a variety of refugee specific pathways including Affidavits of Relationship and I-730 (Visa 93/92) filings.

Green Card (Permanent Lawful Residence)

Assisting Refugees and Cuban clients obtain lawful status based on USCIS qualifying factors

Journey’s End and Legal Consultation

Providing the local immigrant population access to qualified accredited representatives as well as immigration attorneys for legal immigration consultations or referrals

In collaboration with Journey’s End and Legal Aid Society of Rochester, we are pleased to offer free consultation appointments at our 87 North Clinton offices. Consult days for both Journey’s End and Legal Aid Society of Rochester are the last Wednesday of each month, and by appointment.

How to schedule an appointment: Individuals may request an appointment during our Monday walk-in hours, by emailing immigration@cfcrochester.org , or by calling (585) 546-7220 x4703

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, these appointments will be conducted either by phone or using virtual meeting technology.

Cuban/Haitian Immigration Issues

Providing a full range of immigration assistance to Cubans and Haitians including adjustment of status, employment authorization, replacement green cards, and family reunification for Cuban Medical Professional Paroles.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility for services varies depending upon the specific immigration assistance request. For questions, contact our offices using the contact information provided.

Intake Process

Clients seeking immigration assistance through CFC should contact our offices using the contact information provided. CFC screens clients for assistance either through an in-office appointment or over the phone.

Program Cost

Many of CFC’s immigration assistance services are free although some services do require a service fee payable to CFC.

Clients are responsible for payment as applicable for any filing fees required by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS), as well as for other costs associated with USCIS application or petition filings such as photos, translations and mailing costs.

NYS Office for New Americans

Catholic Family Center is an Opportunity Center of the New York State Office for New Americans

Immigration Assistance Web Resources

Contact Information:

  • Address:

    87 N Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604

  • Walk-in Hours:

    Mondays only, between 1:00 - 3:00 PM

  • Phone:

    (585) 546-7220 x4601

  • Fax:

    (585) 262-7089

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS)

www.cmsny.org

The Center for Migration Studies is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to support and undertake research, and to provide a forum for debate on international migration.

The National Immigration Forum

www.immigrationforum.org

The Forum is dedicated to embracing and upholding America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants. The Forum advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees and are fair to and supportive of newcomers to our country.

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS)

www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

As an office within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities. Immigration forms, instructions and updates are available at this website.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC)

www.cliniclegal.org

CLINIC works to enhance and expand delivery of legal services to indigent and low-income immigrants principally through diocesan immigration programs and to meet the immigration needs identified by the Catholic Church in the United States.

LawHelp

www.lawhelp.org

LawHelp assists low and moderate income people find free legal aid programs in their communities, and answers to questions about their legal rights.

Legal Aid Society of Rochester - Immigration Law Unit

www.lasroc.org

The Immigration Law Unit at LAS aims to provide high quality and vigorous legal representation to assist aliens to legalize their status, defeat deportation efforts, and/or be educated to their rights as aliens. The program provides services throughout Western, Central, and Northeastern NY.

The New York Immigration Coalition

www.thenyic.org

The NYIC provides advocacy, training and other assistance to organizations across NY State promoting the rights of New York’s alien residents and the fair treatment of immigrants.

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