esp-logo Esperanza Legal Assistance Center 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
  • Renewal of work authorization, green cards, and other related paperwork
  • Adjustment of status
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)/U-Visas – limited/case-by-case determination
  • Nonimmigrant/Humanitarian Visas
  • Know-Your-Rights and Safety Planning
  • Referrals to other agencies and low-cost immigration attorneys (for services outside scope of representation)
  • Informational seminars on issues pertaining to immigration or related matters from experts in their fields
  • Classes & one-on-one assistance with preparing for the Naturalization Interview & Test (in partnership with Blackhawk College and other local organizations)

A $50 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. (Note: All clients and prospective clients are required to pay something towards their fees; actual amount owed is decided based on income and household size).

Video consultations may be scheduled for potential clients where travel is difficult/too far. We use Zoom, which has a free app available for most smartphones. A link for the consult will be sent to you prior to your appointment. However, consultation fees are due at time of appointment. Immigration Legal Specialists do not conduct phone or email consultations.

Also, we are not Illinois or Iowa Legal Aid. You can find them at the following links: Illinois | Iowa

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Partnerships

Transparent_Ascentra_logo-tagline_new-01_Larger_File 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. ILRC_PAI Logo_103012a Esperanza Legal Assistance Center is a partner with The New Americans Campaign. For more information about NAC, visit their website. Screen Shot 2018-09-13 at 9.26.55 AM We partner with DePaul University’s Modern Languages Department through the Translator & Interpretor 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.