Immigration Legal Services
American Friends Immigrant Services (AFIS) provides legal representation to indigent clients of all nationalities, although our primary focus is upon Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Haitians. The is a great need for legal assistance to asylee applicants. Many of our cases are asylum Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA), and Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) cases. Family/Visa Petitions and adjustments are increasing services. Our office has assisted hundreds of Family/Visa Petitions 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). AFIS also provides legal service outreach programs in Ft. Myers, Okeechobee and Pahokee. Florida holds the largest percentage of immigrants granted asylum affirmatively between 2004-2006 according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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 since AFIS’s inception in 1984. The BIA executed a decision in 2007 to continue AFIS recognition in order to assist and to represent refugees and immigrants before the Miami Asylum Office, the Immigration Court, and the BIA of the EOIR.
Marie-Georges Jean, paralegal, has over 20 years of experience in immigration law and has been fully accredited by the BIA to handle immigration cases. Lucio Perez-Reynozo, J.D., has also received full accreditation by the BIA to handle immigration cases.
We assist clients 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. The Legal Services Program also works closely with the FIU Immigration and Human Rights Legal Clinic for referrals.
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.