Immigrants’ Rights

CAIR-LA's Immigrants' Rights Center seeks to empower non-citizens by helping them achieve independence, security, and the opportunity to fully participate in American society.

The center provides high-quality, low-cost or pro bono services to individuals otherwise unable to obtain legal assistance.

Our clients include individuals who seek asylum, legal permanent residency, citizenship or reunification with their families as well as victims of human trafficking, serious crimes and domestic violence.

For immigration-related requests, call CAIR-LA's Immigration Attorney Farida Chehata at or call (714) 776-1177.

Types of Cases We Handle

Adjustment of Status – A process by which an eligible applicant becomes a green card holder without having to go abroad and apply for an immigrant visa

Asylum – A process by which individuals who suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution if returned to their country of origin gain status in the U.S.

Family Petition – A process by which relatives become eligible for a green card or visa through a petition filed on their behalf.

Naturalization – A process by which a legal permanent resident acquires U.S. citizenship

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – A temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of select countries due to unsafe conditions.

T-Visa – A visa that allows certain victims of human trafficking and their immediate family members to temporarily stay and work in the U.S.

U-Visa – A visa that grants victims of certain crimes temporary legal status and work eligibility in the U.S.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – A self-petition that allows certain abused spouses, children, or parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, to apply for legal status in the U.S. without the abuser's knowledge.