Immigration Legal Assistance

Immigration Legal Assistance Services are offered at the Juan Diego Center.

To make an appointment

We only take consultations by appointment. To make an appointment, please call the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline (NILAH) at 855-307-6730.  NILAH is a centralized intake system of the area non-profit immigration legal service providers. If you would specifically like an appointment with Catholic Charities, please inform the NILAH representative when calling. The hotline is available during the following hours, excluding federal holidays:

Monday & Wednesday:      9:00-11:00, 12:30-3:30  CST
Tuesday & Thursday:         9:00-12:00, 1:30-3:30  CST
Friday:                                9:00-12:00  CST

Contact and location:
We may be reached by calling 402-939-4615. Our office is located in the first floor of the Juan Diego Center at 5211 S. 31st ST, Omaha, NE 68107. For questions, please email


  • Immigration Legal Consultations
  • Translation of Documents from Spanish to English
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
  • Change of address to USCIS
  • Renewal or replacement of lawful permanent residence card (“green card”)
  • Replacement of I-94
  • Family Petition (I-130) for qualifying family members
  • VAWA Self-Petition (I-360)
  • Adjustment of Status for U visa, VAWA, Cuban Adjustment Act, Refugee Adjustment, or family-based cases
  • Removal of conditions on lawful permanent resident status (I-751)
  • Renewal or replacement of employment authorization document (“work permit”)
  • U Non-immigrant Visa for Survivors of Crime (“U visa”)
  • Naturalization and Certificate of Citizenship
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)
  • Family-based Consular Processing


More about us

Our program has worked with clients from over 39 different countries that include Mexico, Somalia, Burma, Togo, Sudan, El Salvador, Canada, and many more. We see approximately 80 new cases each quarter and do educational outreach at least once a month.
Here are a few success stories from just this last year:

  • CC-ILAS assisted a homeless client renew his green card.  In 2009 his green card was stolen and he made a police report but had never replaced his card as he did not have the money to replace his card. With the help of our program he requested a fee waiver from USCIS to waive the high cost of filing for biometrics screening and replacement of green card ($450 total)..  He just recently received his  replaced green card and is now applying for jobs.
  • CC-ILAS assisted a Sudanese Refugee get his green card. The client first entered the U.S. in 1999 when he was 7 years old and due to financial reasons, his parents never applied for his green card.   After 8 months of waiting due to long processing times, he has now received his green card. The client is extremely thankful that he has referred other siblings for help with their adjustment of status processes.
  • We assisted a Chilean citizen adjust her status to that of a permanent resident through a petition filed by her husband.   We first met her husband in 2008 when he filed the family petition for his wife. In 2012 CC-ILAS helped him apply for citizenship. After 5 months of saving money to pay for the USCIS filing fees of $1,490 she adjusted status. They are now looking forward to going to Chile in the next few months to visit family.
  • Our program assisted a 60 year-old Guatemalan citizen naturalize. When she first went to her naturalization interview more than a year ago, and she did not pass the civics test because her anxiety got the best of her. She was given another opportunity to take her test in 3 months but the day of her interview, which she missed for having suffered a stroke. We immediately informed USCIS of the situation and with coordination from the Omaha Field office director, we were able to keep her application in abeyance.  When she was discharged from the hospital she was taken to a rehabilitation assisted living center as she could not walk, was paralyzed on the right side of her body, and was working on recovering her speech.  With the help of our program we submitted a medical waiver due to her condition. The immigration officer approved her application and conducted her oath ceremony at the assisted living center so that she was able to be sworn in as a United States Citizen. The client was extremely grateful and excited as she had previously told us that her lifelong dream was to one day vote in a presidential election.
  • We received the green card approvals of 5 longtime clients of the program who were victims of domestic violence. When their U visa cases were approved they remained in continuous physical presence in the U.S. for three years and were eligible to apply for their green cards. All clients were very happy; some could not believe that they finally had their green cards and would be able to travel abroad to visit family they have not seen in years.


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Naturalization clinics/Taller de Naturalización:

Next naturalization clinic:  September 13, 2014