Frequently Asked Questions


When can I meet with an attorney?
First-time clients or prior clients with new cases should call for an intake interview. Staff will review the information you provide and decide whether to schedule you for an appointment with an attorney. We will contact you by phone to let you know if and when you may be scheduled for an appointment.

What if you can't take my case?
If we cannot take your case, or if your situation falls outside our area of expertise, we will try to make the most appropriate referrals to other trusted agencies that provide low-cost legal and/or social services.

How can I get in touch with my attorney?
Please call us at 859-233-3840. If no one answers, please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Because we have limited staff and are not able to answer the phone at all times, you may have to try calling back to reach someone directly. If you're looking for more information regarding the status of your case or how it's being processed, please refer to this flow chart (PDF) to see if it helps answer any of your questions.

Is there a fee for your services?
There may be a $25 consultation fee for immigration cases. If we are able to accept your case, we may charge a minimal fee for our services. The amount we charge varies depending on the type of service provided. However, no one will be denied services for the inability to pay.

What is required to become a U.S. Citizen?
Please see our citizenship page for more information.

Has Congress passed comprehensive immigration reform?
Not at this time. Please see our immigration page for information on cases we handle, as well as our page on the Obama administration's recent executive action, which includes the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs. While the initiatives President Obama announced on November 20, 2014 have been put on hold for the time being, please check back regularly for important updates and information on eligibility and application requirements.

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