Esperanza Legal Assistance Center (ELAC) provides legal assistance to low-income, immigrant and Spanish-speaking residents of the Quad Cities who are seeking assistance with issues relating to immigration, such as family-based sponsorship petitions, naturalization, document renewals, adjustment of status/consular processing (green card), DACA, TPS, and Non-immigrant/Humanitarian Visas.
We accept a limited number of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U-Visas, T Visas and Hardship Waivers cases.
A $50 office visit/legal consultation fee is due at your first appointment and must be paid prior to speaking with the Immigration Specialist. This is in addition to any legal or filing fees that will be required for your case. The Immigration Specialist will discuss case fees during your consultation as well as discuss next steps, etc. If you require financial assistance, please be sure to let us know when you arrive. Financial Assistance is available on a case-by-case basis. All clients and prospective clients are requested to pay something towards their fees, but no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.
Other services offered include:
- Passport/Application Photos ($10/ set of 2 photos)
- State/Federal Fingerprinting Services ($40 for obtaining fingerprints and filing a request with appropriate state/federal office)
- Limited Document Translation Services (Fees Vary)
There is a $20 office visit fee required for these services if a non-client (clients may access these services without an office visit fee if part of their legal representation agreement).
We accept cash, check and credit/debit cards.
ONLINE APPOINTMENT REQUEST
ELAC Office Staff will only respond to messages requesting an appointment with an Immigration Legal Specialist. Media requests and non-immigration legal matters will be deleted.
Office/ Client Appointment Hours
- Mondays: 1:00 – 8:00 PM
- Thursdays: 1:00 – 8:00 PM
Please call to schedule an appointment or speak with a staff member during office hours at (309) 732-0047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Limited appointments available outside of office hours. Call for availability. We are not able to accept walk-in clients at this time.) A $50 office visit/legal consultation fee is due at your first appointment and must be paid prior to speaking with the Immigration Specialist. This is in addition to any legal or filing fees that will be required for your case. The Immigration Specialist will discuss case fees during your consultation as well as discuss next steps, etc. If you require financial assistance, please be sure to let us know when you arrive. Financial Assistance is available on a case-by-case basis. All clients and prospective clients are required to pay something towards their fees; the actual amount owed is decided based on income and household size). Our office is located within the Esperanza Center, 335 5th Avenue, Moline, Illinois in Room 208. (NOTE: Our recognition to practice immigration law is under Immigrant Connection at Heritage Church.)
ELAC also offers classes to assist with English language learning as well as preparing for the Naturalization Interview/Exam. Call (309) 732-0047 to find out upcoming dates and register.
Esperanza Legal Assistance Center operates through our client payments, grants, and financial support from Heritage Church. If you would like to financially support the work of Esperanza Legal Assistance Center, considering purchasing one or more of the office items on our Amazon Wish List.
- Online Payments (Make a payment)
- Intake Questionnaire (Complete prior to your appointment – ENGLISH / SPANISH)
- Meet Our Staff
- Volunteer with ELAC
- News, Events & Helpful Links
- We work with Ascentra Credit Union to provide low-cost loans for immigration fees through the Newcomers Initiative, made possible thanks to a generous grant from Global Communities. For more information about Ascentra and the Newcomers Initiative, visit their webpage.
- Esperanza Legal Assistance Center is a partner with The New Americans Campaign. For more information about NAC, visit their website.
- We partner with DePaul University’s Modern Languages Department through the Translator & Interpreter Corps, which helps with our interpretation and translation needs. The Corps offers students an opportunity to gain real-world experience in interpretation and translation while assisting nonprofit organizations with language needs. This partnership allows us to assist a broader range of clients who speak other languages besides English and Spanish.
- We partner with Knox College to provide opportunities for students to gain experience in law, interpretation/translation, and office administration as well as provide assistance to our staff with various activities. For more information, contact Robin Ragan, Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish).