Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Programs

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IMMIGRATION COUNSELING
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wilmington, provides comprehensive and reliable immigration counseling to assist individuals and families in negotiating immigration and naturalization processes. Catholic Charities is fully recognized by the U.S. government’s Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

Our immigration staff handles Adjustments of Immigration Status, Consular Processing, Family Reunification and Family-based petitions, Employment Authorizations, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Fiancé Visas, and Citizenship/Naturalization applications. They also offer assistance to victims of human trafficking and immigrant victims of various crimes including domestic violence.

We also assist unaccompanied children, who arrive in Delaware and are placed with family members, in their immigration court hearings.

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, in partnership with the U.S. government, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Delaware Division of Social Services, assists refugee families who arrive in Delaware. Full-range case management services help these vulnerable individuals to stabilize their lives by securing food, clothing, housing, health care, English language instruction, employment services, and U.S. cultural orientation. Some transitional cash is available. Counseling and/or referral is available for those facing post-traumatic stress, displacement shock, or other such anxieties/mental health concerns. Resettlement and legal services are also available to victims of human trafficking.

A refugee is someone who has fled from his or her home country and cannot return because he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. In most cases, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) determines that the individual qualifies as a refugee under international law. The State Department, along with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and national intelligence agencies are responsible for carefully vetting refugees, an intensive process that can take up to 24 months. Refugees are approved by the State Department before being assigned to an agency. For more information on the government’s rigorous screening process, click here or by visiting www.refugees.org.

ELIGIBILTY AND FEES
Any immigrant is eligible to receive services, regardless of status, documentation, or national origin.  Fees are nominal and can be reduced or waived based on the financial circumstances of the individual.

HOW WE HELP

The Immigration Program provides help with:

  • Naturalization and Citizenship
  • Family based immigration
  • Permanent resident and  Immigrant Visa applications
  • Travel documents
  • Employment authorization
  • TPS Temporary Protected Status
  • Consular process
  • Renewal of Immigration Documents
  • Fiancé petitions
  • Translation of documents for Immigration purposes
  • Representation before the Department of Homeland Security and National Visa Center

Call the location closest to you for help from Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Programs, or if you want more program information.

New Castle County Office
2601 W 4th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-655-9624

Kent County Office
2099 S DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302-674-1600

Sussex County Office
406 S Bedford Street, Suite 9
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-856-9578

Eastern Shore Office/Seton Center
30632 Hampden Avenue
PO Box 401
Princess Anne, MD 21853
410-651-9608

Click here to send an email for more information.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Click here to donate to Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Programs using a credit card. You may also send a check to Catholic Charities, 2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, and designate Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Programs on the check.

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