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Immigration Legal Assistance Project

Helping Immigrant Families Stay Together

Counsel and advice in all areas of immigration law, including assistance with various immigration applications, and legal referrals .

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President Obama's November 20th Immigration Executive Order

DEFERRED ACTION: Dreamers & Parents of US Citizen/green card children

Applying for Deferred Action: August 2012
Applying for Deferred Action Parents: May 20, 2015
Applying for Deferred Action (no age limit): February 20, 2015

Know your rights under the law

The Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Legal Assistance Project is here to help. Experience staff immigration attorneys will explain President Obama's new Deferred Action Executive Order.

  • Our office is located in the USCIS (Immigration Service) Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles
  • We are a low-cost non-profit immigration legal services
  • No appointment is necessary. Just come in
  • $20.00 for a consultation fee
  • We have been trusted in the immigrant community for more than 40 years
  • Lawyer Referral is available, if necessary
  • Experienced immigration attorney staff, paralegals, and volunteer attorneys are here to help you understand the order
  • We speak Spanish & English

Immigration Legal Assistance Project
300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 3107 (3rd floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 485-1873
Monday—Friday: 8:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association
The Immigration Legal Assistance Project provides, for a nominal fee, legal assistance and counseling to all categories of low-income persons. The project also provides immigration "services" for the private immigration bar. The project uses its limited resources to:

  1. Provide immigration legal advice for U.S. Citizens, immigrants, and aliens.
  2. Prepare immigration and naturalization forms.
  3. Translate, certify, notarize, and copy documents.
  4. Tie in lawyer referral service and all appropriate social service agencies.
  5. Train law students, attorneys, and volunteers in all aspects of immigration law and procedures.

Law Day: May 1, 2015: La Placita Olvera, Los Angeles, CA

reminding the legal community of our responsibility as attorneys to ensure that all persons receive equal access to justice under the law

The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Legal Assistance Project and Immigration & Nationality Law Section hosted an Immigration Fair to provide free consultations, advice and attorney referrals for those seeking citizenship and/or legal residency in the United States as part of this year's nation-wide Law Week. The Immigration Fair was more meaningful this year because of President Obama's immigration executive order of November 20, 2014. In addition to providing general immigration consultations the pro bono attorneys also focused on the new DAPA (deferred action parents) program and immigration “scams” in the community.

Twenty-two attorneys provided consultations to approximately 200 persons seeking legal advice on their immigration cases. The Immigration Fair plays an important role in providing the immigrant community with accurate information about obtaining U.S. citizenship and other immigration benefits.  With little money and/or access to licensed attorneys, many immigrants fall prey to “notarios” or immigration “consultants” who can provide costly and inaccurate information which could result in deportation.

The Immigration Fair was started 25 years ago by the Los Angeles County Bar Association to help the immigrant community understand the laws that affect their families and to promote a better understanding of the immigration legal system.

Community Event: January 31st
Angelica Lutheran Church

Gearing up for Deferred Action Parents: January 31st

The Los Angeles County Bar Association's Immigration Legal Assistance Project and the Immigration & Nationality Law Section hosted an event to provide free consultations and advice on President Obama's immigration executive order of November 20, 2014. Under this new program parents of US Citizens or lawful permanent residents will be able to seek a work permit for 3 years.

"Who is eligible for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program?"

To be eligible for deferred action under DAPA, you must:

  • Be the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Have continuously lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010.
  • Have been present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014. It's also likely that you will need to be present in the U.S. every day from now until you apply for DAPA.
  • Not have a lawful immigration status on November 20, 2014. To meet this requirement, (1) you must have entered the U.S. without papers, or, if you entered lawfully, your lawful immigration status must have expired before November 20, 2014; and (2) you must not have a lawful immigration status at the time you apply for DAPA.
  • Have not been convicted of certain criminal offenses, including any felonies and some misdemeanors.

Eight pro bono attorneys provided consultations to approximately 30 families seeking legal advice on this new program. The Immigration Legal Assistance Project will be helping the immigrant community with the paperwork. The program will begin sometime the end of May. For more information call the Project at (213) 485-1873.

Leticia Cobelo Fernandez dedicates her career to helping everyday people gain access to the immigration law.

Photo of volunteer attorney Leticia Cobelo Fernandez.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of legal help can I receive?
The Immigration Legal Assistance Project provides advice and consultation on immigration law and can help you prepare various immigration forms, including, but not limited to:
  • Adjustment of status
  • Family petitions
  • Conditional residency
  • Naturalizations
  • Lost green cards
  • Travel permits
  • Translations of Spanish language documents
  • VISA packets
  • Affidavits of support
Where is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Los Angeles District Office located?
The USCIS is located at 300 North Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The main information room is 1001. This is the same building that "houses" the Immigration Legal Assistance Project. You may obtain all USCIS immigration forms at room 1001 or at www.uscis.gov.

What is the attorney filing service, and how does it work?
The Immigration Legal Assistance Project charges an attorney filing service fee of $50.00 to $100.00

Per infopass appointment. For a list of fees and services, please click here . All fees collected help fund the Los Angeles County Bar Association's legal services projects; Immigration Legal Assistance Project, Domestic Violence Project, and HIV/AIDS Project

Requests can be sent to our mailing address at
P. O. Box 531968,
Los Angeles, CA 90053
Applications can also be dropped off at our office. We are located at:
300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 3107,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Our telephone number is (213) 485-1873.

How do I contact the Immigration Legal Assistance Project?
Our office does not give legal information over the telephone. You must come in person. We charge $20 for a consultation and nominal fees for other immigration applications. We are a walk-in clinic, so no appointments are necessary. Please bring all immigration forms and documents that you may have.

Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We are not open on Saturday, Sunday or any Federal holiday. Our telephone number is (213) 485-1873.

All calls and inquiries are strictly confidential. We help all people who qualify for the project regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical handicap, or physical condition.

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