CWS STARTS IMMIGRATION SERVICES PROGRAM

The Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program of North Carolina is pleased to announce the inception of its Immigration Services Program.  On December 6, 2010, Amy Greensfelder joined our staff as the Immigration Services Coordinator.  She is based out of our Durham office but will be serving our clients in both Greensboro and Durham.

Amy comes to us from CWS’s Overseas Processing Entity based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked as a caseworker, preparing files for refugees throughout sub-Saharan Africa in applying for resettlement to the United States. Prior to joining CWS she was a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative at Lutheran Family Services in Greensboro.

CWS’s Immigration Services Program is in the process of applying for BIA Recognition for our offices in Durham and Greensboro as well as for Accreditation for Amy, Ellen Andrews (Employment Specialist with CWS in Durham), and Sarah Ivory (Sub-Office Director for CWS in Greensboro). BIA Recognition/Accreditation will allow these staff members to represent our clients in their immigration matters.

Immigration services that we will be providing include:

  • Adjustment of Status (“green card” applications)
  • Family Reunification (assistance with refugees applying for family members who are living abroad)
  • Naturalization (citizenship)
  • Consultations
  • Other services on an ‘as needed’ basis, depending on demand/staff availability

As our Immigration Services Program is new and just getting started we will be starting out with providing services only to existing CWS clients (clients who are being served under our  R&P, Matching Grant, and RAP programs). We may expand in the future to provide services to the wider refugee/asylee population, but at least for the time being are working to have a smaller case load as we get up and running. Clients will be charged a small fee for services.

You  can help this new program by volunteering and through making a financial contribution. Contact Amy Greensfelder (amyg@churchworldservice.org or 919-680-4310) for more information. Potential clients must make an appointment to seek services (no walk-ins).  If you would like to refer a client for immigration services please use the ‘referral’ form under resources.

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