Esperanza Center


Immigration Legal Services

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Immigration Legal Services was founded in 1994 to provide low-cost legal counseling and representation in immigration matters. We have served individuals from over 150 different countries who reside in Maryland or have immigration cases in Maryland. We assist clients and their family members seeking to obtain, extend or retain lawful immigration status or citizenship in the United States.

 Services We Provide

We provide affordable and pro bono legal counseling and representation in a wide-range of immigration matters including:

  • Immigration consultations
  • Family-based petitions
  • Adjustment of status
  • Trafficking, crime victim, and domestic violence-based immigration applications
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) applications
  • Immigrant visa processing
  • Applications for Citizenship
  • Inadmissibility waiver applications
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • NACARA (Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act)
  • Cancellation of removal
  • Consultations for Unaccompanied Minors
  • Asylum

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We are located in Fells Point at 430 S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231.

 General immigration consultations

When: Tuesday mornings, starting at 9 AM on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please bring:

  • All documents related to your immigration legal needs.
  • Consult fee ($100) must be paid by money order. No cash or personal checks accepted.

Get Involved

Please contact the office at (410) 534-8015 for additional details or to obtain a Consultation Questionnaire in advance, which will help speed the intake process. 

 Consults for Victims of Crime and Domestic Violence

When: Wednesday mornings, starting at 9 AM, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please bring:

  • All documents related to your immigration legal needs - especially a police report.
  • There is no cost for consultations for victims.

For additional details regarding this process, please contact our office.


Participation in an ILS consultation does not guarantee that ILS will be able to take your case or be able to represent you in court; however, it is an opportunity to receive valuable legal advice about your legal needs from an immigration attorney.

Representation fees: Our office provides immigration consultations to all Maryland residents.  During the consultation, the attorney will discuss your immigration options.  Any government or office fees related to subsequent application filings will be discussed during the consultation.

Former clients: If ILS has represented you previously, you must still undergo the consultation process before we can begin a new case.

 Pro Bono Project

Interested in assisting Immigration Legal Services as a volunteer? Check out the Pro Bono Project!

 Donate to our Law Library

Catholic Charities of Baltimore Immigration Legal Services would appreciate any recent editions of books/materials for our modest law library.  As you plan for your annual law library updates, please consider donating the outgoing/older editions to us.  

These materials would be very much appreciated in our work and would make helpful additions to our library. Please mail to 430 S. Broadway, 3rd floor, Baltimore, MD 21231.

Generous support for the Immigration Legal Services Program is provided by:

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Immigration Legal Services is a member organization of CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.



 LIRS network Fingerprinting Sites

Before a child can be reunified with family, certain steps must be taken to ensure that the child is being released to a safe environment.  One of these steps is that the child’s potential sponsor must have his/her fingerprints taken for a criminal background check.

There are fingerprint sites housed within 10 of the shelters that care for the children while they are in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Within the network of the Division of Children’s Services (DCS), LIRS currently partners with 20 social service agencies across the country to provide digital fingerprint services. These sites maintain hours for sponsors to come in to be fingerprinted on a special digital machine. LIRS fingerprint partners are part of community agencies which work diligently to welcome newcomers. The agencies offer DCS fingerprinting services in addition to other supportive services such as food banks, legal services and continuing education.

If you have any questions on the LIRS fingerprint network please contact Virginia Fitchett.