LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Holy Cross Ministries is dedicated to helping immigrant families participate in the community and gain self-sufficiency. Recognizing that there are limited accessible resources for low-income families in Utah, The Legal Immigration Program operates Utah’s first and largest U visa program for victims of crime and has helped over 10,000 men, women and children gain some type of legal status since opening in 2000.

HCM'S LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING SERVICES
  • Consultations
  • Legal support for immigrant victims of violence*
  • Support for humanitarian and temporary status applicants
  • Family reunification assistance
  • Citizenship services
    • HCM currently has funding to assist Salt Lake County residents with the naturalization process free of charge. If you feel you are eligible, please contact us.
PROGRAM HOURS AND LOCATION

Services are offered BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at HCM’s Salt Lake City offices. To schedule an appointment, please call HCM’s Client Support Specialist (801-261-3440). Because the line is often very busy, it is important to leave a message with your contact information and reason for your call.

The Legal Immigration Program is located in Holy Cross Ministries’ offices at

860 East 4500 South, Suite 204
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

HCM’s legal team also offers free, walk-in consultations at the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City every Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at

660 200 East, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

UTAH IMMIGRATION COLLABORATIVE (UIC)

Holy Cross Ministries is a proud affiliate of the Utah Immigration Collaborative (UIC) along with Catholic Community Services of Utah, Comunidades Unidas, Immigrant Legal Services and The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City. Launched on May 1, 2020, the UIC established a centralized, language-accessible legal helpline to better coordinate services by screening and referring inquiries to the appropriate agency.

The UIC phone helpline is now live at 801.382.9027 and available Mondays through Thursdays during regular business hours. Voicemails received outside of hours of operation will be responded to promptly the next business day.

HELP SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES

Holy Cross Ministries works to ensure that everyone is able to participate fully in this community. Many individuals and their families face barriers such as language, culture, abuse, and location. Your support helps us continue offering low-cost services to a critically under-served population.

JANUARY 2021 DACA UPDATE:

On Friday, December 4, 2020, a New York judge ordered the federal government to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to its original state. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reinstated the DACA policy that was in effect on September 4, 2017 – the original DACA program. 

USCIS is currently accepting Initial DACA applications (including requests for employment authorization), applications to renew DACA (including employment authorization), and Advance Parole applications (permission to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad.) Detailed information and forms are available, free of charge, at www.uscis.gov/i-821d

Holy Cross Ministries will provide legal assistance and support to individuals who are applying for the first time, as well as current and former DACA recipients. To make an appointment with a member of HCM’s Legal Immigration Team, please call our Client Support Specialist at 801-261-3440. Your name will be added to one of two waiting lists: clients who are waiting to apply for DACA for the first time or clients who need to extend their participation in the DACA program.

LEGAL IMMIGRATION PROGRAM STAFF

Holy Cross Ministries
Maribel Real
Immigration Services Manager
385-257-2437
mreal@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Jessica Lerma
Paralegal
385-257-2438
jlerma@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Teresa González
Legal Representative
385-257-2439
tgonzalez@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Lorena Cardenas
Legal Assistant
385-257-2433
lcardenas@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Ingrid Golon
Legal Representative
385-257-2383
igolon@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Samantha Torralba
Legal Assistant
385-237-0372
storralba@hcmutah.org
Holy Cross Ministries
Lorina Tester
Director of Immigration Programs, Senior Attorney
385-257-2453
ltester@hcmutah.org

*71% of programming ($175,000 per year) for victims of crime is made possible by federal funds through the Utah Office for Victims of Crime. 

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