Staten Island is a rich and diverse community, with more than 100,000 immigrants. Many immigrants express that lack of immigration status is the biggest barrier to overcoming poverty and attaining stability. Staten Island Legal Services, the leading provider of immigration legal services on Staten Island, has helped more than 2,000 Staten Island immigrants in their pursuit of legal immigration status and stability.
Our diverse immigration practice guides clients to success in all immigration matters, from applications for citizenship and family petitions, to more complex and sensitive matters such as VAWA self-petitions, U-visa petitions, and T-visa petitions. SILS also handles affirmative and defensive asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and removal proceedings. We defend clients' rights in both affirmative applications for relief, and in direct litigation before the immigration court. In particular, SILS is able to provide holistic services to immigrants facing multiple legal issues, including domestic violence and eviction.
Our immigration practice also strives to help strengthen Staten Island immigrant communities by conducting outreach to educate immigrants about their rights and provide an overview of forms of immigration relief. Our advocates regularly engage community stakeholders, such as nonprofits and government agencies, to expand their understanding of the rights and opportunities immigrants on Staten Island may have. SILS' immigration advocates are also key advocates in city- and state-wide initiatives in this ever-changing immigration climate, and have become leaders in immigrant safety planning best practices.
If you or a loved one on Staten Island needs help, please do not hesitate to contact us at (718) 233-6480.
Edgardo with his Certificate of Naturalization. SILS helped Edgardo secure unemployment insurance benefits and represented him before USCIS on his naturalization application.
Through the help of our Immigration Project, Eunice became a United States Citizen on May 27, 2011. Now that she is a citizen, Eunice plans to pursue a degree in nursing.