Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) provides quality legal immigration assistance to low-income residents of Washington. Currently, CILS provides free citizenship/N-400 application assistance to people who are currently receiving public benefits or living in the city of Seattle. All other immigration legal services are provided for a small fee.

Our offices are located in Seattle and Mount Vernon and we serve residents from King, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan and Snohomish counties.

Services provided by CILS include:

  • Citizenship/naturalization (including fee and disability waivers)
  • Adjustment of status (green cards)
  • Green card replacements or renewals
  • Family-based petitions
  • Consular processing
  • Fiancé visa
  • Removal of conditions
  • DACA renewals
  • Travel documents
  • Employment authorization
  • Parole in place
  • Mock interviews
  • Resource/referral
  • Community Outreach

Catholic Immigration Legal Services is a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized program that assists in assuring high-quality legal representation. Catholic Immigration Legal Services’ office includes an immigration staff attorney and DOJ accredited representatives. The staff of a DOJ-recognized agency must have a certain level of experience in, and knowledge of, immigration law to be accredited by the Department of Justice to provide immigration legal services. DOJ accreditation also ensures that caseworkers will not be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

Catholic Immigration Legal Services’ main office is located at 100-23rd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144. The Mount Vernon Family Immigration Services’ office is located at 300 South First Street, Suite C, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. We do not have drop-in appointments.

If you would like to speak to someone about your immigration case in Seattle, please contact our office at (206) 328-6314. In the Mount Vernon area, please call (360) 416-7095. Click here to contact us via email.

Please note, we can only provide legal immigration services to people living in Washington State. If you live outside Washington State, click here to search for an immigration legal service provider near you.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On July 16, 2021, a federal court judge in Texas issued a ruling in the Texas v. U.S. litigation. The judge decided that the DACA program is unlawful and vacated the 2012 memorandum that created DACA. The order and the court’s permanent injunction block the Department of Homeland Security from approving initial DACA requests as of July 16, 2021. Current DACA recipients may keep their deferred action status and work authorization. Current and past DACA recipients may renew their DACA.

The federal government has announced it will appeal this decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. If you have questions about your current DACA status or other forms of immigration relief, please contact our DACA hotline.

Catholic Immigration Legal Services
DACA Hotline
(206) 566-6664


Volunteer/Internship Opportunities
CILS is not seeking volunteers at the moment, but please check back for updates soon.


Pro-immigrant Organizations / Organizciones Pro-inmigrantes

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project / Proyecto de Los Derechos del Inmigrante del Noroeste
http://www.nwirp.org

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc
http://cliniclegal.org/resources/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals

OneAmerica
http://weareoneamerica.org/

Ministerio Hispano
http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Ethnic/Hispano/Migraci%C3%B3n.aspx

New Citizenship Campaign and Upcoming Citizenship Workshops
https://www.seattle.gov/iandraffairs/programs/new-citizen-campaign