PLS serves Western North Carolina’s growing population of recent immigrant residents. Recent immigrants face many of the same difficulties as other low-income individuals who seek access to the justice system; these difficulties are often compounded by a language barrier. Pisgah Legal Services provides legal aid to help low-income immigrants who are eligible to secure legal immigration status and/or work authorization. PLS is only able to help those immigrants who are eligible for legal status but need assistance through the complex and bureaucratic application process.

For instance, PLS may help someone who is eligible for legal status because they are married to a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. We may assist a crime victim who is eligible for legal status because they helped prosecute the perpetrator of the crime. By helping an immigrant secure legal status, PLS is often providing immigrants with the means to lift their families out of poverty.

PLS also helps immigrants address other basic needs, such as housing, safety and education. For example, what access do immigrants have to NC Medicaid? Learn more in English or Spanish by reading these brochures created by a partnership between PLS, the NC Justice Center and Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy.

Working out of the PLS office in Hendersonville, an immigration attorney and bilingual support staff extend Pisgah’s services to recent immigrants in the 18 westernmost counties of North Carolina.

Do You Need Help?

Apply online  for services or call PLS at (828) 253-0406 or toll-free at (800) 489-6144.

“As an immigration attorney, I help low-income individuals and families navigate the complexities of immigration law. There are many vulnerable immigrants in WNC, including survivors of violent crimes and immigrant children.

Many of these immigrants may be eligible for employment authorization or permanent residency, but are not able to apply due to financial, societal, or language barriers. At Pisgah Legal Services, we work hard to empower immigrants to overcome these barriers and help lift their families out of poverty.”

– Shoshana Fried, PLS Immigration Attorney and Program Director of the Justice for All Project