Family Immigration Services

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Family Immigration Services 2017-10-16T13:37:13+00:00

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Family Immigration Services provides affordable immigration legal services to low-income individuals and families living within the Colorado Springs, Castle Rock and surrounding regions. Our program is recognized by the Department of Justice to provide accurate advice and low-cost fees.

INFO on DACA

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado stands in solidarity with DACA recipients, young people brought to the US as children who add to our community. 

Download DACA Fact Sheet

We provide assistance with:

  • Renewal of Documents (such as Work Authorization and Permanent Resident Cards)
  • Visas for Crime Victims (U-visa, T-visa)
  • VAWA for domestic violence survivors
  • Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Services for Refugees and Asylees in Colorado

Resources

Guide to Know Your Rights When Interacting with Law Enforcement

Guide to finding a person detained by ICE

* Suggested talking points in italics.

Senator Cory Gardner
https://www.gardner.senate.gov/contact-cory/email-cory
(719) 632-6706
“Thank you for supporting the DREAM Act with your Colorado colleague Senator Bennet.”


Congressman Doug Lamborn
https://lamborn.house.gov/contact/leave-a-comment.htm
(719) 520-0055
“Please support a clean DREAM Act that is not tied to other issues, specifically, the version as co-sponsored by your Colorado colleagues, Senators Gardner and Bennet.  I agree we need to ensure our country has a good security system, including making the border secure.  Please deal with that issue separately and not use the DREAMer young people as political bargaining chips. These are young people who are educated and supporting our economy through employment, businesses, and mortgages, both nationally and here in Colorado Springs.  It would be a shame to waste that resource and set our economy back for everyone.  Thank you.”

The White House
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
(202) 456-1111
“Mr. President, I support your efforts to encourage Congress to pass the DREAM Act for the young people brought to the United States as children.  As you said when you ended DACA, it is time for Congress to act to find a solution to this issue.  Many of these young people have never known any other country, and are as patriotic and American as anyone I know!  Please urge Congress not to conflate this issue with the other parts of our immigration system that need to be addressed, such as border security.  Let’s start by fixing at least this one part of the challenging immigration system, then address those other complex areas, but separately.  Thank you for considering my comment.”

Know Your Rights Presentations

Our staff provides free “Know Your Rights Presentations” to organizations such as churches, schools, libraries and other community agencies. Participants learn the basics of how the U.S. immigration system works, and of different types of legal processes for which they, their families, or neighbors may qualify. Basic legal rights everyone has in the United States, and practical information to avoid fraud or other legal problems are also presented.

Download Guide to Know Your Rights When Interacting with Law Enforcement

Request a presentation at your organization

Citizenship Preparation Classes

We also offer citizenship preparation classes throughout the year that helps prepare clients for the citizen application and citizen test.

Learn More
Find Upcoming Classes

Our Staff

Since 2009, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado (CC) has been recognized by the federal government’s Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP), a status that authorizes CC as a nonprofit organization to provide legal immigration services.  Our services are predominately provided to low-income households, based on a sliding fee scale based on income.

An immigration attorney/lawyer and OLAP accredited immigration counselors guide clients through complex legal processes toward lawful immigration status and U.S. citizenship.

Our Counselors

Cristina Pavasars Portrait

Cristina Pavasars is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) to provide legal advice about immigration law and prepare applications for submission to federal immigration agencies.  She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, and has helped over 900 immigrants from over 70 countries to become Permanent Residents and citizens of the United States, or to get other forms of legal status.  She handles many types of cases, but has particular expertise in working with refugee and asylee families, and also in guiding immigrants through the complex procedures to enter the United States through U.S. Consulates overseas.  She herself is from Latin America and enjoys helping other immigrants to follow a path toward United States citizenship like the one she took herself.  She first began working at Catholic Charities in August 2004, began working with immigrants soon after that, and received her accreditation from the federal government to provide legal advice in October 2009.

Elvira Flores Tapia Portrait

Elvira Flores Tapia is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) to provide legal advice about immigration law and prepare applications for submission to federal immigration agencies.  She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, and has helped individuals and families from all over the world to pursue their own versions of the American Dream.  She handles many types of cases, but especially enjoys helping young people brought to the U.S. as children to apply for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which enables many of them to work, get a Social Security number, attend college, and start businesses for the first time in their lives.  She has also helped many of our clients to apply for U.S. citizenship.  She first began work as an Administrative Assistant at Catholic Charities in September 2015, but once we recognized her high skill level, we encouraged her to undergo extensive legal training and she received her accreditation from the federal government to provide legal advice in December 2016.

Call or Email to Schedule an Appointment

Monday – Thursday

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (noon)

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


228 North Cascade Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


719-866-6515


immigration@ccharitiescc.org