American Friends Immigrant Services (AFIS) provides legal representation to indigent refugees and immigrants of all nationalities, although our primary focus is on Central Americans and Haitians. There is a great need for legal assistance to applicants and individuals who are placed in removal proceedings. Many of our cases are asylums, Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA), and Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA). Family/Visa Petitions, adjustments of status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Provisional Waivers, and others are increasingly also part of the services we provide. In recent years, our office has assisted with hundreds of these cases recently.
Additionally, we work together with local domestic violence agencies to provide immigration assistance to battered women and children under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U Nonimmigrant Status for victims of crimes. AFIS also provides legal service outreach in South Florida rural areas like Ft. Myers, Okeechobee, and Pahokee.
Since 1984, AFIS has been recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to assist and represent refugees and immigrants before the Immigration System. The BIA executed a decision in 2007 to continue AFIS’ recognition in order to assist and to represent refugees and immigrants before the complex immigration systems.
Marie-Georges Jean, paralegal, has many years of experience in immigration law and has been fully accredited by the BIA to handle immigration cases. Lucio Perez-Reynozo, law graduate, has also received full accreditation by the BIA to handle immigration court cases.
AFIS assists people in a variety of cases including, but not limited to: Citizenship applications, Permanent Resident Status, Family/Visa Petitions, NACARA, HRIFA, Temporary Protective Status, Cancellation of Removals, Work Authorization Renewals, and Political Asylums, TPS, DACA, VAWA, U visas, etc. AFIS refers cases of minors to the FIU Immigration and Human Rights Legal Clinic.
If you are interested in obtaining legal services in your immigration case, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. AFIS staff does not provide immigration or legal advice over the telephone and is not affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the Executive Office for Immigration Review.