LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Lafayette program two years in the making opens during a time when its cause is taking center stage in Washington, D.C.
Although Lafayette Urban Ministry’s Immigration Services Clinic opened in June, its grand opening will be Tuesday. Program director Susan Brouillette expects clients eager to use the service to follow.
Brouillette said the clinic helps provide information about a person’s eligibility for benefits and helps them complete the process for those benefits.
“Whether it be for permanent resident status, naturalization, replacement of a green card, asylee status,” Brouillette said.
She said the clinic focuses on family-based immigration services, like family reunification. Some of the closest clinics dealing with family-based services are in Indianapolis.
Like all of LUM’s programs, it also focuses on helping people with low incomes.
“They may not be able to afford having an attorney walk them through the process, and we can do that instead of an attorney,” Brouillette said.
LUM will also work to get application fees waived. Fees for the clinic are in place for those above the poverty line ranging from $30 to $100.
If you do not know if you are eligible for benefits, Brouillette encourages you to call LUM and find out. Anyone who uses the clinic, even if they are not eligible for benefits, will be kept on a list. That way if laws change clients can be alerted.
“I think it’s really great we are starting this up now as Congress talks about some sort of immigration reform,” Brouillette said. “We want to get this started, so we can get our feet wet and be ready for that time when it comes.”
The Immigration Services Clinic’s grand opening will be Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at LUM’s office on N. Fourth Street in Lafayette,
The LUM Immigration Services Clinic is by appointment only except for Wednesday evenings starting in September. Walk-ins will be welcome from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. You can call LUM for an appointment at 765-423-2691.