Conexión Américas can make referrals to legal services organizations or immigration attorneys as needed.
If you need immigration assistance, please see the information from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. Call 615-269-6900 with any questions.
STEPS TO FOLLOW
Find low-cost immigration legal services: https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org.
Avoid fraudulent service providers: confirm their credentials, ask for a written contract and a receipt for any payments, and if you have doubts, get a second opinion.
understand your legal options and if you might be eligible for an immigration benefit.
If you have a criminal record, consult an expert. Certain convictions can be changed to lessen the impact on a future immigration case you may have.
Avoid negative contact with law enforcement. Any arrest, charge, or conviction, especially related to drugs or a DUI can be really bad for your immigration situation and could bring you to the attention of immigration authorities.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Don’t respond to the questions of an immigration agent or provide any personal information
Do Not Open Your Door
If agents come to your home, ask that a search warrant be passed under your door or shown through a window. Do not open the door for them if they cannot show you a warrant signed by a judge. You lose certain rights by allowing agents in to your home.
Do Not Sign Anything
Do not sign any document. Ask to speak with an attorney and for a hearing in immigration court before signing away any of your rights.