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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Rojas – Caseworker / 401-784-8785 / email@example.com
Carla Aveledo – Caseworker / 401-784-8711 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Carl Krueger – Staff Attorney / 401-784-8643 / email@example.com
Carlos M. Ospina – DOJ Accredited Representative / 401-784-8636 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cecily Kerr Ziegler – Staff Attorney/Victims’ Rights / 401-784-8688 / email@example.com
Danlette F. Norris – BIA Accredited Representative / 784-8635 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Elsa Laskorski – Caseworker / 401-784-8784 / email@example.com
Ivania Zepeda – Caseworker / 401-784-8650 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Kinga A. Correa – BIA Accredited Representative / 401-784-8631 / email@example.com
Olga Calheta – BIA Accredited Representative / 401-784-8648 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sileng Kang – Caseworker / 401-784-8616 / email@example.com