Central American Resource Center
Since 1981, CARECEN has remained true to its long history of facilitating the process of transition for immigrants to an integrated life in their new home and equipping them to play an essential role in the advancement of the community.
Affordable and High-Quality Legal Services - Do you need help with an immigration matter?
Our team of attorneys and accredited representatives provide direct services in the following areas:
- Family-based immigration applications and consular processing
- Humanitarian applications (victims of crime, domestic violence, trafficking)
- Adjustments of status to permanent residence and waivers
- Naturalization (citizenship)
- Brief services including renewal for green cards, Temporary Protected Status, work authorization, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
By meeting with an attorney for an initial legal consultation, they will be able to listen and assess your individual situation, review your needs and eligibility, and determine how best to offer assistance. The attorney may then develop a plan of action and create a contract for additional scope as required.
Schedule an appointment for an initial legal consultation, 202-728-9799. At this time, CARCEN is only able to accept 10 virtual appointments per week. To secure an appointment with a member of the legal team, please call the office to schedule on Mondays. By calling at the start of the week, you will have the best chance to make it onto our calendar.
CARECEN offers citizenship classes that cover English language development and knowledge of history and government necessary to pass the Naturalization Exam. In person classes at the CARECEN office (1460 Columbia Road NW, Suite C-1) and virtual options are available. Extra assistance can be offered by request. For more information and to register, please call the office: (202) 328-9799. Courses are $50.
If you are having trouble with your landlord, want to know more about your housing rights, or need mortgage or rental assistance, CARECEN provides information and referrals to connect you with the resources you need, free of charge.
Program Contact Name:
Program Contact email:
Program Contact Phone: Schedule an appointment for an initial legal consultation, 202-728-9799.
Advice/Help Hotline Phone:
Online intake form URL: Program website
Program uses Language Line (Y/N): Yes
Program staff provide services in other languages: Spanish. Se habla español en las oficinas de CARECEN.
Program Contact Fax:
Intake days/hours (walk-in): Varies, see program description
Advice/Help Hotline Days/Hours:
Advice/Help Hotline Phone:
Intake days/hours (by phone): Varies, see program description
Intake days/hours (other): Varies, see program description
Condition of waiver:
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Description of other:
Housing - General: Limited representation
Housing - Landlord/Tenant: Limited representation
Immigration and Citizenship: Full Representation
Life and Health Planning:
Wills, Estates, Probate:
Se habla Español: Brief advice/Help with forms/Clinics
Washington, DC 20009
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