About Us

Who We Are

Founded in 2001 by current Executive Director Max Graves. CLIA met a demand for low-cost immigration assistance west of Omaha. CLIA successfully filed the first approved U-Visa application in the state of Nebraska.

Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, CLIA is a 501 (C) 3 certified nonprofit and is accredited through the Department of Justice to practice immigration law. We have an experienced staff of attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives available to help those in need all over the state of Nebraska. Additionally, we are the only nonprofit in Lincoln that provides the full array of legal immigration services.

Our Mission: To help immigrants and refugees achieve their American dream by providing quality and affordable legal services.




Highly Skilled

Our Impact

  • 20 Years serving Lincoln and the State of Nebraska

  • Over 10,000 Clients served since our nonprofit was founded

  • On average, we provide the same service as a private attorney for up to 80% less in cost

  • CLIA is the only nonprofit office in Lincoln/ West of Omaha to provide the full array of direct legal services

  • CLIA paved the way by being the first nonprofit in Nebraska to receive a U-Visa approval for immigrant victims of domestic violence

  • Over 400 U-Visas filed providing immigration relief for domestic violence survivors

Why We Are Different

Our Approach

At CLIA, we specialize in bringing the legal immigration assistance to you. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and need ant take the appropriate to make sure we are serving you in the best way possible. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them.

A Team Dedicated to You

Every week, our legal team has a meeting to discuss cases. This means that the expertise of the whole team weighs in on your case.

Legacy of Success

CLIA has been serving the community since 2001 and has a proven track record of success. We use that experience to help you achieve your immigration goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our organization opens doors of equal opportunity for people affected by immigration law through extensive programs and services. CLIA has a staff composed of both immigration Attorneys and Department of Justice Accredited Representatives. We offer assistance in Spanish.

Our organization opens doors of equal opportunity for people affected by immigration law through extensive programs and services. CLIA has a staff composed of both immigration Attorneys and Department of Justice Accredited Representatives. We offer assistance in Spanish.

Our office accepts cash, checks, money orders, cashier checks, credit and debits cards. There is a $30.00 fee for any returned checks. There is a % fee for credit and debit card payments.

Our office is not motivated by profits or the bottom line. We were created to help those who would otherwise not have been able to afford quality legal services. CLIA cares about our clients and our return rate for future services proves that.

Our office will keep you updated on all notices, appointments, and requests. The client may choose their preferred contact method to better suite their needs.

You may contact the office by calling us at (402) 471-1777

You can reach us by email at info@clianeb.org or by emailing your specific legal representative

You can also reach our staff by filling out our contact form on our website.

Filing the correct paperwork is an important part of the processes of acquiring a visa, getting a loved on residence in the United States, and finalizing your marriage to an immigrant, among other procedures. This paperwork is usually extensive and complicated, and without the help of an expert, there are lots of opportunities to make mistakes that sink your entire application permanently.

No matter what you’re situation is, you have options. Your expert immigration attorney can lay out these options in front of you, making sure you understand the full scope of your circumstances. Whether you’re facing deportation or something else, your situation is likely very sensitive, and urgent. Isn’t it important that you understand those options that you can take moving forward?

CLIA services are catered to low-income individuals or those who have suffered domestic violence. If you do not meet those criteria we offer a sliding scale to ensure that our services are cost-effective.

Thanks to funding from various donors and grants our office is able to provide direct legal immigration services.

We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law.

CLIA analyzes all cases for eligibility, file the required forms, and adheres to high ethical standards to ensure sustainability and transparency.

Fill out an intake form online, which can be found under New Client or pick up an intake at our office. You should be prepared to provide your phone number, address, the immigration-related concern you have, what country you are from, and when/how you entered the country. Our attorneys and DOJ-accredited legal representatives meet every Friday (unless it is a federal holiday) to discuss cases. You will be contacted before the following Friday about whether or not we can represent you.

To become a client follow the link to fill out an intake form online  and complete online or email to angelchoe@clianeb.org with the subject line New Intake. You may also choose to mail us your intake at 3047 N 70th St Lincoln, NE 68507.


Our Board of Directors

Jane Langan Mach, J.D., Board President, Remboldt Ludtke LLP, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law

Thomas Lintel, Treasurer, President of Lintel Financial Services, Inc.
Laurie Lage, J.D., Fundraising Committee Member, Legal Counsel, Nebraska State Legislature
David Boeckner, Grants and Operations Committee Chair, Woods Brother Realty and Retired US Navy Commander
Matthew Mullen, PhD., Grants and Operations Committee, Founder, Article 30 Inc.
Rosanne Liesveld, CLIA Board Member

David Kaseman, Woods Bros Realty, CLIA Board Member