Immigration Legal Services

Creating Pathways towards Stability and Security.

The Rian Immigrant Center’s expert legal staff and pro bono attorneys offer free legal consultations at our weekly legal clinics to over 2,000 immigrants, refugees, and asylees, and provide full case representation before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for over 600 families.

We help low-income and under-served immigrants to gain legal status, work authorization, and to reunite their families so they can become empowered, reach stability, and move out of poverty.

We also assist eligible immigrants in becoming U.S. citizens, guiding them throughout the application process and representing those with complex cases.

Who We Are

Our team of eight attorneys and three program associates offer comprehensive, professional, and confidential services for non-citizens, regardless of their legal status or ability to pay. Our services are offered in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, and French.

Through special projects, we work with people who are most at-risk. We support survivors of domestic violence, homeless women in partnership with Rosie’s Place, and children who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in collaboration with Boston and Cambridge schools and youth-serving organizations.

Representation in Legal Cases

Our attorneys represent low-income families and individuals in a range of immigration cases. Legal representation is offered at extremely low cost or for free. Much of our casework includes assisting immigrants and refugees in becoming legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens, supporting young adults brought here as children (DACA) to gain legal status, reuniting refugee families that have been separated by war or political unrest, supporting those with Temporary Protected Status, and representing individuals in removal proceedings. In addition, the Rian Immigrant Center helps families extend visas or obtain deferred action so they can remain in the U.S. while their children receive life-saving medical care.

Free Immigration Legal Clinics

At the Rian Immigrant Center’s legal clinics, participants meet with a staff or volunteer immigration attorney for private consultation and advice, and the chance to learn more about how immigration law affects them and their families. Consultations are currently being scheduled over the phone.  There is no charge, but donations are accepted. To learn more, contact us at 617.542.7654 x 82.

For our 2021 Immigration Legal Clinic information click here.

Free Citizenship Clinics

Our team of staff and volunteers specialize in providing support throughout the naturalization process – from assessing eligibility, to assisting with the application itself, to supporting new Americans in becoming fully engaged citizens.

We also offer citizenship education programs that help students prepare for the naturalization exam and interview.

For more information on citizenship legal services or workshops, contact our Center at 617.542.7654

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