The Cabrini Center is in a new location!

All Cabrini staff and services are available at our new address:

5599 San Felipe Street, Suite 300
Houston, Texas 77056

Please remember our services are available by appointment only; because of COVID-19 protocols, we are unable to accept walk-in clients. Please call us at 713-595-4100 to schedule your appointment or register for a new client orientation session, called “charla.”

Our new office is located in the Galleria area, at the corner of San Felipe Street and St. James Place. There is visitor parking available in a surface lot in front of the building, in the first level and basement of the parking garage next to the building, and there is street parking available on St. James Place. Metro bus lines 20 and 32 have stops near our location.

Below is a map of our new location, which is outside Loop 610, between I-10 and I-59:


Immigration Updates

U VISA Updates

In June of 2021, USCIS announced two changes that affect people with pending or approved U visa cases. First, USCIS plans to grant expedited work permits for U visa applicants and, second, USCIS announced greater flexibility for U visa applicants wishing to include their spouses on their applications. Please click on the videos below in English or Spanish for more information:

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DACA and TPS Updates

There have been many changes to the DACA and TPS programs, which may affect your ability to apply. A judge recently ordered that USCIS stop approving initial DACA applications, but renewal applications should not be affected by this decision. TPS has been extended to several countries, including Venezuela, Syria, Burma/Myanmar, Haiti, Yemen, and Somalia. Please see the videos below in English and Spanish for more information:

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To schedule a consultation with Catholic Charities, please call us at 713-595-4100.


You can help our immigrant neighbors in need.

With your gift to Catholic Charities’ Cabrini Center, you can help provide legal assistance and a network of support services to families in crisis.


COVID-19 Response

Catholic Charities is implementing protocols in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. There will be no “in-person” Charlas at this time. Charlas will be conducted by appointment through phone and email interaction. Please call the Cabrini intake line to request information and assistance at 713-595-4100.

COVID-19 Resources and Information


Apply or Renew DACA

Interested in applying for DACA for the first time? Register for a free information session:

Register for information session

DACA Renewals for persons currently eligible to renew their DACA status:
Schedule a phone appointment with a Cabrini attorney or staff member to receive help with the renewal process:

Schedule DACA Appointment

Mental Health Resource Guide for DACA Recipients and undocumented individuals [PDF]


Catholic Charities’ St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance provides a diverse array of immigration legal services in greater Houston.  Our experienced corps of attorneys and legal professionals provide free and low-cost legal services to children who arrived in the U.S. alone, families seeking immigration assistance, crime victims, asylum seekers, and immigrants seeking to become U.S. citizens.

Information for Pro Bono Attorneys and Law Students

Volunteers are essential for providing services to the families we serve. The Cabrini Center seeks the assistance of pro bono attorneys for both litigation and administrative cases, and also accepts law student volunteers during the summer and during the school year.

Pro Bono Attorneys and Law Students

Cabrini Center Services and Additional Resources

Immigrant Rights Hotline: 1-833-468-4664
Houston Immigration Legal Services Cooperative Immigrant Rights Hotline: 1-833-HOU-IMMI (468-4664)

Services Provided

We are dedicated to providing high quality, low-cost and pro bono legal services to immigrants and refugees who would otherwise not be able to obtain legal representation. Center activities include outreach, legal assessment and counseling, citizen application assistance, legal representation and advocacy. The Cabrini Center is the largest non-profit immigration legal service provider in Houston accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent individuals in immigration legal matters.

Information Sessions: Charlas

We provide on-site (remote during the COVID-19 pandemic) information sessions called Charlas, free of charge, three times per month at both the main office in Houston. Charla attendees learn about immigration laws, and afterwards have the opportunity for a free consultation with an Immigration Attorney or Accredited Representative. Free Citizenship Workshops are also offered each month and staff provides citizen application assistance.

Citizenship Workshops

Application assistance is offered for a person seeking to apply for U.S. Citizenship. No service fees for counsel, advice and assistance with applications. Attorneys and accredited representatives will be present to screen for eligibility.  Pre-registration is required; no walk-ins accepted.

Please email Citizenship@CatholicCharities.org, or call 713-874-6700 or 713-595-4100 to request a Charla appointment. Click on our events calendar to view the next available workshop.

DACA

DACA

Another service our Cabrini program offers is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Application Assistance Services, (DACA).

Interested in applying for DACA for the first time? Register for a free information session.

DACA Renewals for persons currently eligible to renew their DACA status:
Schedule a phone appointment with a Cabrini attorney or staff member to receive help with the renewal process:

Mental Health Resource Guide for DACA Recipients and undocumented individuals [PDF]

Unaccompanied Children Program Services

Unaccompanied Children Program Services

  • Pro Bono Program for representation of Unaccompanied Minors
  • Legal services for Unaccompanied Minors in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody at specific shelters
    • Provide Know Your Rights presentations and legal screenings
    • Assist with reunification and alternative release options, such as long-term foster care
    • Represent Minors appearing in court while detained as Friend of Court or as Counsel
    • Represent Minors upon release in the Harris County area
  • Direct Representation of Unaccompanied Minors
    • Represent Unaccompanied Minors after release from custody
      • Represent Unaccompanied Minors in immigration court
      • Represent Unaccompanied Minors seeking relief from deportation, such as Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile status, trafficking or victims of crime applications
  • Legal Orientation Program for Custodians
    • Provide legal orientation and legal assistance to sponsors of Unaccompanied Children
  • Safe Release
    • Provide fingerprint services to sponsors of Unaccompanied Children
We DO Accept the Following Cases
  • Family Petitions
  • Naturalization
  • Cuban Adjustment
  • Refugee and Asylee Adjustment
  • T Visa, U Visa, & VAWA
  • Asylum
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Deferred Action
We Do NOT Accept the Following Cases
  • Business or Employment Immigration
  • Other types of legal services such as Family Law
Eligibility

All services of the Cabrini Center are provided without regard to race, religion or socioeconomic status.

No walk-ins are allowed – we see clients by appointment only.

Fees

We may be able to provide free services for eligible persons such as:

  • Older Refugees
  • Refugee/Asylee Citizenship cases
  • Crime Victims cases
  • Persons with Income below 125% and in some cases below 200% of the poverty guideline may qualify for free immigration legal services
    • Must provide proof of income
Resources

Below is a list of resources and information for immigrants:

Disaster Resilience Awareness Resources

Contact

The Cabrini Center offices are located at:

Catholic Charities Central Office
2900 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77006
713-874-6750

Catholic Charities North Loop West
2707 North Loop West
Suites 110 and 300
Houston, Texas 77008
713-595-4100

For citizenship questions, please contact us at Citizenship@CatholicCharities.org

Catholic Charities St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigration Legal Assistance is generously supported by www.TexasLawHelp.org.