SPRINGFIELD — Catholic Community Services now offers immigration legal services in Lane County. Help for lower-income immigrants hoping to normalize their status is available in English and Spanish. Lise Colgan, a worker at the Springfield Community Service Center, will meet with immigrants and send their cases to legal staff in Portland.

To qualify, household income must not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The program is accepting cases for people who may be eligible to file a petition because of a qualifying family relationship, or who may be eligible for some other form of immigration relief, such as having arrived undocumented in the United States as a child or having been a victim of violence or abuse. Assistance also is available for those seeking to become naturalized citizens.

Catholic Community Services, doing immigration work with the help of Catholic Charities in Portland, wdoes not provide legal defense for people who have been detained or who are involved in deportation proceedings.

Lise Colgan can be reached at 541-345-3628, ext. 303, Tuesdays – Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.