Legal Services

ASIA's Legal Department provides comprehensive immigration legal services to low– and moderate-income immigrants and refugees across Ohio.

We offer statewide services and consultations from our offices in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, we provide interpreters for those whose primary language isn't English.* Our services include:

  • Consular processing;
  • Applying for U.S. citizenship or Naturalization certificate;
  • Applying for or renewing a green card;
  • Applying for Employment Authorization Document;
  • Applying for travel documents/reentry permits;
  • Immigration case follow-up with USCIS representation;
  • Family-based immigration case including fiancee visas (K-visa);
  • Humanitarian immigration benefits including Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), self-petitions, U/T visas; and more

* Note: We cannot pay for interpreters for clients, but we have the resources to request interpreters when needed/requested.

Legal Programs



Citizenship & Immigration


ASIA's Legal Department offers tools, educational opportunities, and counsel to help New Americans address their challenges with immigration and citizenship.

One of the general eligibility requirements of becoming a U.S. citizen stipulates that the applicant must be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language and have knowledge of U.S. government and history.  However, this eligibility requirement may be a prohibitive obstacle for legal permanent residents (LPRs) who are elderly, low-income, low-literate or illiterate, limited English proficient (LEP), and/or have a disability.

ASIA has created the information sheets below to provide information regarding options available to vulnerable LPRs pursuing their pathway to U.S. citizenship:


*The services described above in this webpage are supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number 2011-CS-010-000035.  The views and conclusions contained in this webpage are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Homeland Security does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this webpage.



Green Card


Having a Green Card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card) allows you to live and work permanently in the United States.


ASIA's work is supported by a generous grant from American Bar Endowment's Opportunity Fund.

The steps you must take to apply for a Green Card will vary depending on your individual situation. Each year, through its Immigration Legal Services Program, ASIA, Inc. hundreds of AAPIs with low or no-cost immigration legal services, including, renewing a green card. The USCIS Form I-485 is used by immigrants and refugees who are already in the US to apply for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, also known as a “Green Card”.

Our lawyers work with clients their application process. These services are free, or available at low cost, to eligible applicants. Through ASIA, Inc.’s Interpretation and Translation Services, ASIA, Inc. has access to translators who are trained in translating legal documents. Notify our team that you are seeking legal help and we will schedule you an appointment with an attorney.



Victims of Crime


ASIA received a 2-year Enhancing Access to Services Program Grant from the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to provide legal services to crime victims experiencing crimes other than domestic violence and sexual assault.

This funding expands ASIA’s culturally appropriate, linguistically specific, trauma-informed legal services for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)and other immigrant victims of crime. The Legal Services Department at ASIA can now provide legal services for victims of most crimes, including but not limited to victims of:

  • Theft
  • Property Crimes such as Robbery, Burglary, and Vandalism
  • Elder Fraud and Abuse
  • Hate and Bias Crimes

ASIA continues to offer services related to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking – which gives ASIA the ability to provide a more comprehensive and holistic menu of services.


If you witnessed or were the target of a hate crime, report it here.

*This website content was produced by Asian Services in Action, Inc. under grant number 2018-V3-GX-K055, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website content are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.





This section provides resources that highlight the rights of LEP persons and responsibilities of federally conducted and assisted programs to overcome language barriers so that their services are equally accessible to limited English proficient individuals.



Allies in the quest for immigration rights.