Diocese of Davenport
780 West Central Park Avenue
Davenport, IA 52804
The present situation regarding immigration is very complex. Although there have been no changes in the actual immigration laws, the President has issued a number of executive orders that can and will impact the way existing law is enforced.
In these pages the Diocese will try to present accurate information on immigration law as it stands today and changes as they occur. Recommendations provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and similar authoritative sources will appear for consideration, however, nothing in these pages should be considered as legal advice. Every person’s situation is unique, and only personal consultation with a licensed immigration attorney or Department of Justice (DOJ, formerly called BIA) accredited counselors can provide legal advice tailored to the individual.
There are people who will seek to take advantage of the concerns of others and accept fees for immigration services they cannot legally provide. It is important that individuals seeking counsel be certain that they deal only with licensed immigration attorneys or Department of Justice (DOJ, formerly called BIA) accredited counselors as ONLY these can legally practice immigration law. The Immigration Program of the Diocese of Davenport has DOJ accreditation and can make appointments with individuals for consultation, but cannot provide any form of immigration law advice telephonically.
Get good information before troubles arise. Undocumented immigrants should make an appointment to get screened by a recognized immigration legal service provider (Licensed attorney with immigration experience or DOJ accredited representative. Only these can provide real information about your personal situation. Undocumented individuals and their families may be eligible for relief from removal. There are multiple paths to immigration, and only a qualified legal services provider can review your particular situation to determine if you are potentially eligible for one of them.
Apply for citizenship if you are eligible: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), says over 8 million immigrants in United States are eligible for citizenship but have yet to apply. Note: the fees for naturalization will be changing, and in some instances increasing, on December 23, 2016).4
Avoid immigration scams and notario fraud: Be particularly vigilant about immigration scams at this time.
Learn about your rights in an enforcement situation: If you are undocumented, you need to know your rights before even talking to immigration officers.