Nearly every client that IINE serves across our three sites is in need of trustworthy and affordable assistance in adjusting their legal status in the U.S. IINE’s new Legal Immigration Forms Service (LIFS) offers low-cost, highquality support for a range of legal forms services in demand in the immigrant
community, such as status adjustment, work authorization and family reunification application support.
IINE launched LIFS in Boston in February under the direction of supervising attorney Caitlin Slavin, an experienced immigration lawyer who works with IINE
two days per week. IINE’s Legal Immigration Forms Services Coordinator, Ashley Wellbrock, received her Department of Justice accreditation in late March. Legal forms services at IINE’s other sites are being rolled out simultaneously in the spring withIINEaccreditedstaffersBethanyGamble(Lowell) andMollyShort-Carr (Manchester) helping build IINE’s regional practice.
Providing legal representation is more important than ever as policies under the current administration are making all aspects of the immigration process more
challenging. The application for permanent residency, for example, has grown from 6 to 18 pages, and the form instructions are now 42 pages long. For nonnative-English speakers, increasingly complex applications can mean a daunting process. In addition, clients applying for permanent residency – who previously only needed to have their fingerprints recorded – will soon have to report for an interview at a government office. When they do, IINE legal staff will be with them.
As the largest resettlement agency in Eastern Massachusetts, IINE is aware that affordable, high-quality legal immigration forms services are critical to helping our clients realize their dreams of becoming U.S. citizens and reuniting with the family members they had
to leave behind.