Legal Service Clinics
In collaboration with Volunteer Lawyers Network, CAP-HC holds the Legal Service Clinics at locations throughout Hennepin County to allow residents more localized access to service. The Clinics offer income-eligible clients the opportunity to speak with a volunteer attorney about legal questions and receive advice about how to resolve them.
CAP-HC’s Legal Service Clinics provide brief legal advice in the following areas: Family Law, Bankruptcy, Consumer Debt, Divorce/ Custody, Employment, Housing, Immigration.
2017 Legal Clinic Dates:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Application Assistance
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows young individuals who came to the United States as children, and meet specific guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the United States for 2 years, subject to renewals, and will be given the permission to apply for work authorization.
As part of it's Legal Service Clinics, CAP-HC is providing application assistance to those who may be eligible for DACA. CAP-HC needs the following documents as evidence of meeting the required guidelines:
- Birth certificate;
- Police reports and court records for any arrests you may have had;
- Documentation that shows you have continuously resided in the U.S. 5 years preceding the date of the announcement (June 15, 2012), and that you were present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012. Examples: report cards, school transcripts, high school diploma, medical records, receipts, bills, taxes, etc.;
- Documentation to prove that you are currently in school, have graduated from high school or have obtained your GED, or are an honorable discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed forces of the U.S.; and
- Any documents previously issued to you by the Department of Homeland Security, if you previously had any contact with immigration.
For more information or to make an appointment please contact Denisse at 952-697-1308
CAP-HC Now Assisting with DACA Renewals
On June 5th, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the renewal process for those who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
DACA renewals should be submitted every 2 years. The total fee for the renewal is $465 payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
You should submit your renewal application about 120 days (4 months) before your current period of deferred action will expire. If you submit your request more than 150 days (5 months) before your current period expires, USCIS may reject it and return it to you with instructions to resubmit it closer to the expiration date. To calculate when would be the best time to file your DACA renewal application, visit nilc.org/dacarenewalcalculator.html
For DACA application assistance or renewal contact Denisse Manivanh at 952-697-1308.
Get Legal Advice Online
The Minnesota Legal Advice Online Progam (MLAO), offered by Legal Services State Support, gives Minnesotans ages 14 and up the ability to email questions to lawyers.
- MLAO clients must have a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (for individuals, this is an annual income of $23,340; for a family of four, it's $47,700).
- Clients must be Minnesota residents aged 14 or older.
- There are no asset thresholds or other limitations, such as immigration or incarceration status.
- MLAO is only for civil, or non-criminal, legal questions. If a client's question is about something he or she could go to jail for, that client cannot get legal advice for that question through MLAO. The program also doesn't offer bankruptcy advice.
Clients cannot get advice from a volunteer lawyer through MLAO if they are already working with another lawyer on that legal issue.
Visit www.mnlegaladvice.org to get started.