Citizenship & Immigration

What we do

Citizenship & Immigration Services staff members provide advice and representation on citizenship and immigration processes. We offer low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees and their families.

Our legal representation at U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is limited to Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut residents. Legal representation at the Immigration Court in Boston is also available on a case-by-case basis.

Who we are

Our Citizenship & Immigration Services program is one of four programs in RI whose staff members are accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice. Partial accreditation enables us to represent clients before USCIS; full-accreditation additionally allows us to represent clients before the Immigration Court.

Our staff — two attorneys, five accredited representatives, and five caseworkers — give consultations to thousands of individuals annually and assist an average of more than 1,500 clients each year with applications and legal representation. We are trained to handle a wide variety of immigration matters, including naturalization, permanent residence applications, family petitions, temporary protected status, deferred action, unlawful presence waivers, asylum, deportation defense, and legal services for victims of crime.

Appointments and Consultations

Walk-in consultations are available Monday through Saturday to assess eligibility and provide information regarding necessary documents and fees. Please see our hours:

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Carl Krueger // Carla Aveledo English, Spanish
Monday 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Andrea Rojas // Tatyana Tsangarakis-Almeida English, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Danlette Norris // Elsa Laskorski // Kinga Correa English, Spanish, Finnish, Polish, Liberian dialects
Tuesday 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Carla Aveledo // Danlette Norris // Kinga Correa English, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Liberian dialects
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cecily Ziegler // Ivania Zepeda English, Spanish, Portuguese
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Carlos Ospina // Ivania Zepeda // Sileng Kang English, Spanish, Cambodian
Thursday 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Elsa Laskorski // Olga Calheta // Sileng Kang English, Spanish, Portuguese, Cambodian, Finnish
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Andrea Rojas // Carlos Ospina // Olga Calheta English, Spanish, Portuguese

Consultations can also be scheduled with individual representatives/attorneys (contact list below).

Appointments are required in order to complete and file immigration applications and are scheduled according to individual representative/attorney availability.

Contact the Department of Citizenship and Immigration

Tatyana Tsangarakis-Almeida – Program Director / 401-784-8621 /

Andrea Rojas – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8785 /

Carla Aveledo – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8711 /

Carl Krueger – Staff Attorney / 401-784-8643 /

Carlos M. Ospina – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8636 /

Cecily Kerr Ziegler – Staff Attorney/Victims’ Rights / 401-784-8688 /

Danlette F. Norris – DOJ Accredited Representative / 784-8635 /

Elsa Laskorski – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8784 /

Ivania Zepeda – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8650 /

Kinga A. Correa – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8631 /

Olga Calheta – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8648 /

Sileng Kang – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8616 /