CARECEN - Central American Refugee Center
About CARECEN - Central American Refugee Center
CARECEN has provided high quality legal assistance to immigrant communities in Nassau and Suffolk counties for over 35 years. We currently offer a variety of legal services in both affirmative and defensive cases, including initial and renewal requests for temporary protected status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), green card renewals, naturalization, adjustment of status, family petitions, unlawful presence waivers, special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS), among others. We screen for a broad range of legal relief when we meet with our clients and inform them of the immigration benefits they are eligible to apply for and the implications of applying for them.
We provide the following legal services:
- Pathway to Citizenship
This program provides citizenship legal services, credentialing of foreign-earned degrees and free financial counseling for lawful permanent residents.
- Refugee Child Unit
This unit conducts legal outreach and intake for unaccompanied children that have resettled in Nassau and Suffolk counties, assessing avenues of legal relief and representation for children that are currently in deportation proceedings.
- Family Petitions
As a permanent resident or U.S. citizen, you are able to petition for eligible relatives to become lawful permanent residents in the United States.
- Adjustment Status
This is a process by which an eligible applicant can apply to become a permanent resident of the United States.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
DACA is a program through which individuals who arrived to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and meet other eligibility requirements may apply for work authorization, in addition to not being placed in deportation proceedings or removed from the U.S. for a period of two years.
- Temporary Protected Status
Temporary Protected Status is granted to individuals that are a national of a country designated for TPS or individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country and who meet other eligibility requirements.
We serve the following area:
- Nassau County
- Suffolk County
This organization is accessible by wheelchair, but doesn't provide access for the hearing impaired.