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Arriving in the United States as a refugee or immigrant can be confusing and overwhelming. Adjusting to new customs, navigating new systems, and learning new languages are all challenges that our clients face as they arrive into their new communities.
Catholic Charities works with refugee communities to assist with your integration needs. Our experienced immigration attorneys assist low-income immigrants and refugees with lawful status through U.S. Immigration.
Refugee Integration Services
Catholic Charities Refugee Integration Services works with refugee communities and other partners to design programs that leverage community assets to facilitate the integration of refugees and immigrants into communities across southeastern Wisconsin. Integration is an on-going process in which refugees, immigrants, and members of the receiving society grow together to develop strong economic, social, cultural, and civic connections. As a result, our communities are more secure, vibrant, and cohesive.
To foster integration, we develop programs in partnership with refugee & immigrant communities that promote social bridges and bonds, develop desired skills and cultural knowledge, and encourage US citizenship. We offer a spectrum of learner-centered trainings so that refugees build the real-life knowledge, attitudes, and skills that they want to achieve success. Volunteers in our program have the chance to build relationships with new residents through a variety of activities. Participants work together at times and locations convenient for them.
Our Immigrations services are comprised of an attorney-based program that helps local immigrants find their best legal options. We serve:
- Newcomers to the U.S. who are seeking to become citizens or reunify with family members living in the United States
- Individuals trying to secure asylum or temporary protection in the U.S.
- Immigrant victims of domestic violence.
We provide services to our clients who could otherwise not afford competent legal counsel.
Our RIS Specified Website
We have created a website dedicated to answering immigration questions. The goal of the website is to provide accurate information, dispel rumors, and help you understand your legal options in the United States.
We have written about the immigration processes that fall within our expertise. Most of the topics we have covered are typical cases we handle for our clients. They include but are not limited to:
- Lawful permanent residency (green cards)
- Family based petitions
- Diversity visa lottery
- Green card renewal
- Religious workers
- Missionary visa
- Religious green card
- R-1 Nonimmigrant religious worker
- Special Immigrant religious worker
- Student visas
- Deportation defense
- Integration and Education services
- Humanitarian Relief
- U nonimmigrant status
- VAWA self-petition (Violence Against Women Act)
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- DACA Renewal
Our Referral List
We have also included a lawyer shopping guide to help you find a good immigration attorney who can take your case. The guide includes a referral list of local attorneys whose expertise we trust and endorse.
Please visit risccmke.org to learn more about your legal options in the United States.
**From 1976 to 2018, Catholic Charities served refugees as a resettlement agency. While it saddened us to close a chapter on 42 years of service, we are excited to look to the future and see how our staff are able to serve the refugee community in southeastern Wisconsin through our new Refugee Integration Services.
Raoul came to the United States with his wife and three children as refugees. Like many persecuted people, Raoul suffered from post-traumatic stress and found it extremely hard to keep a job. They connected with Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services, where they created a plan of action. Raoul began by improving his English language and literacy skills. Working toward citizenship was another important goal to ease stress. We found a volunteer tutor to personalize his studying needs. Raoul and his tutor worked long and hard to prepare for the citizenship exam, while one of our pro bono immigration attorneys helped to complete his immigration forms. Our attorney accompanied Raoul to his final portion of the test, and he passed! At the end of 2019, Raoul attended the Citizenship Ceremony with his family there to cheer him on.
Read more Refugee and Immigration Services Impact Stories here.