Current Announcements

Cooper Foundation Award, March 2018

CLIA, on behalf of our clients, greatly appreciates the opportunity to thank the Cooper Foundation for funding which allows us to continue providing legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in the area. Please see the original announcement here and the full list of awardees here

Sign Up Now for English/Civics Classes at ACCC and ECDLA 

Registration is still open for English/Civics classes at The Asian Community and Cultural Center (ACCC) and El Centro de las Americas (ECDLA) through the USCIS Naturalization and Assimilation Grant! If you or someone you know is eligible to apply for citizenship, pass this information along. Orientation/ESL Testing for the classes will be held at ACCC (contact: Cristina Thaut at 402 477-3446) and ECDLA (contact: Alejandra Ayotitla at 402 474-3950).  

Orientation at ECDLA:

  • March 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • March 13, 2018 at 12 pm

Address: 210 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Orientation at ACCC:

  • March 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm
  • March 14, 2018 at 9:30 am

Address: 144 N. 44th Street Ste. A, Lincoln, NE 68503

Citizenship Information Session, Room 300, Lincoln High School

We are delighted to inform you that we will be holding a Citizenship Information Session at Lincoln High School on Monday, February 26th from 6-7pm. Representatives from CLIA, El Centro de las Americas and the Asian Community & Cultural Center of Lincoln, NE will share how they can serve eligible residents and/or green card holders. Please bring your green card to the event. 

Estamos encantados de informarles que el lunes 26 de febrero a las 6 hasta las 7 de la noche, estaremos en Lincoln High School para presentar información acerca de nuestro programa para la ciudadanía. Representantes de CLIA, El Centro de las Américas y el Asian Community & Cultural Center compartirán cómo pueden servir a los residentes o la gente que tiene su tarjeta verde. Por favor, traiga su tarjeta verde al evento. 

Lincoln High School

2229 J Street 

Lincoln, NE 68510

Citizenship Information Table at Lincoln High School

Save the date! On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, from 4-7pm at Lincoln High School, CLIA will be distributing information and be providing intake services along with representatives from El Centro de las Americas and the Asian Community and Cultural Center, our collaborators on the 2017 USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant. We are thankful to Lincoln High School for allowing us to attend their Parent-Teacher Conferences in order to inform LHS students and families of this program. We hope to see you there!

Keno Human Services Prevention Fund Award, January 24, 2018: 

CLIA is proud to announce that we have been chosen as recipients of the 2018 Keno Human Services Prevention Fund. This grant is designed to help fund programs to help prevent crisis situations through early intervention. Specifically, it will allow us to increase the number of domestic violence survivors that we serve. 

DACA Renewal Update, January 13, 2018: 

Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew DACA. However, new applications for DACA will not be accepted. If you need our assistance with filing the renewal forms, please call our office for an appointment. 

Past Announcements

DACA and TPS Update from Executive Director Max Graves, January 11, 2018:

For updates on DACA and the recent ruling please click here. You will be redirected to National Immigration Law Center which has more specific information. 

Regarding TPS for El Salvador, we do anticipate that a 60-day period of re-registration will be announced soon. Please check back regularly as we will update the information as we receive it. 

We are able to complete TPS renewals for Honduras. If you need our assistance, please call our office. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a detailed message with your name and phone number and why you are calling. 

USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Announcement, October 2017:

We are proud to announce that we were awarded the 2017 USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant in collaboration with the Asian Community and Cultural Center (ACCC) and El Centro de Las Americas. This partnership with USCIS will allow us to waive our fee for filing the "citizenship" or N-400 application. Additionally, both ACCC and El Centro will provide English as a Second Language (ESL) and U.S. Civics courses to help prepare for the exam and interview portion of the citizenship process. Please call or email if you are interested and meet the requirements to apply for U.S. citizenship.

You can find more information about the English and Civics courses at the Asian Community and Cultural Center here and at El Centro de las Americas here

From Executive Director Max Graves, September 5, 2017:

The announcement regarding the phase-out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals raises many questions that cannot be immediately answered. Be assured that CLIA will be working to fully understand the ruling and its impact on our clients.

Today I want to emphasize the following points:

  • If you currently have a work authorization through the DACA program, you will be able to keep that work authorization until the expiration date on your work card.  
  • If your work authorization expires on or before March 5, 2018, you may renew but the renewal application must be submitted to USCIS  by October 5, 2017.
  • As of today, no further DACA applications may be filed.
  • It is our recommendation that current DACA beneficiaries do not travel outside the country even if they have a work card and have been granted a travel document.

For more information immediately, go to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website.  At that link, there is a "Frequently Asked Questions" section and an overall view of the DACA decision.

Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.