Immigration Assistance

Individuals who need assistance with immigration issues should contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an immigration attorney, or a reputable agency which is certified by USCIS to provide immigration services.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Kansas is covered by two USCIS  offices: Wichita and Kansas City

Wichita Field Office

Link:  http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices/kansas-wichita-field-office

The Wichita officers covers the following counties:  Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Decatur, Dickinson, Edwards, Elk, Ellis, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Jewell, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, McPherson, Mead, Mitchell, Montgomery, Morton, Neosho, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rawlins, Republic, Rice , Reno, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Sedgwick, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, Wichita, and Wilson.

Kansas City Field Office

Link:  http://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/field-offices/missouri-kansas-city-field-office

This Kansas City office serves the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Brown, Coffey, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Marshall, Miami, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Washington, Woodson, and Wyandotte.

Reputable Agencies – Catholic Charities of Kansas

Three of the four Catholic Charities in Kansas provide immigration assistance among other social services.  The links below will take you to the immigration services page of each of their websites.

Catholic Charities of Northern Kansas

Catholic Charities of Northern KSCatholic Charities of Northern Kansas serves the north central and northwest parts of the state.  Offices are in Manhattan, Salina, and Hays.   The Immigration Program provides help people of all faiths and nationalities to gain Lawful Permanent Residence and/or U.S. Citizenship.

Link:  http://www.ccnks.org/immigration.php

Catholic Charities of NE KS

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas serves the northeast portion of the state, including the Kansas City metro area, Topeka, Lawrence, and Emporia.  The La Luz Center for Immigration Legal Assistance provides  immigration legal services to low-income foreign-born individuals and their families needing assistance with matters before the United State Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Department of State and the Department of Labor.

Link:  http://www.catholiccharitiesks.org/page.aspx?pid=509

Catholic Charities of Wichita

Catholic Charities – Diocese of Wichita

Immigration Services provides benefit eligibility determination for citizenship, work authorizations and other related services including: family immigration applications, attorney consultations and applications for Violence Against Women Act.

Link:  http://catholicdioceseofwichita.org/family-strengthening/immigration-and-refugee-services

Notario Fraud

Individuals should NOT go to anyone in the United States who advertises themselves as a “Notario Publico.” A person who is an authorized notary public in the U.S. is NOT THE SAME as a Notario Publico in Mexico or other countries.  In the U.S. a notary mainly acts as an official witness to signatures.  They are not trained in legal matters, cannot file immigration applications, and cannot represent people in a court of law or before an Immigration Judge.  It is very easy to be tricked or “scammed” by dishonest notary publics who will cheat people out of their money and actually hurt their immigration claim.

If you are the victim of a notary public’s immigration services scam you can file a complaint with either the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or with the Kansas Attorney General as a violation of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.  Reporting scams will not affect your immigration application or petition.

Immigration scams can be reported to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant Page.

Link:  https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

Complaints can be made to the Kansas Attorney General through their Consumer Investigation Request page.

Link:  https://ag.ks.gov/file-a-complaint/consumer-protection/consumer-investigation-request

 

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