Immigration specialists help refugees apply for permanent residency with legal assistance

WHAT: Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) will partner with First United Methodist Church, volunteers and attorneys to provide free legal assistance to Omaha-area refugees, which will help them earn permanent resident status and advance on their path to U.S. citizenship. This will be the second annual clinic. Refugees are required by law to apply for permanent resident status one year after being admitted to the United States. In 2017, LFS resettled 897 refugees from 14 countries. Additionally, LFS provides a network of support services beyond the first 90 days of arrival to refugees through its International Center of the Heartland (ICH).

ICH’s services, which include employment preparation, immigration services and direction for health, education and housing needs, are in high demand to these new Nebraska refugee populations. To help meet the growing need as more refugees become eligible for permanent resident status each year in Nebraska, multiple immigration specialists and attorneys with extensive training in immigration law are volunteering their time, and will provide these services free of charge.

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68132

MEDIA CONTACT: Lacey Studnicka, [email protected] or (402) 699-1972.

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About Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

Established in 1892, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is a faith-based, not-for-profit, multi-service human care agency with locations across Nebraska and an office in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The LFS mission is to provide human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life.

As a multi-service organization, LFS demonstrates its mission through three broad service areas:

  • Behavioral Health Services, including mental health counseling, sexual abuse/incest treatment, substance use treatment, and specialized counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families
  • Children Services, providing infant, international and foster care adoption services and searches, foster care, pregnancy counseling, maternal health care and family support services
  • Community Services, providing refugee resettlement services, immigration legal services, AmeriCorps support and education and employment services for new populations.

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