Catholic Charities in the Los Angeles Archdiocese has taken the lead in helping tens of thousands of immigrants prepare for the amnesty process. Applicants may "pre-register," by calling their nearest parish or St. Vibiana's Cathedral, 624-3941 which will provide information on pre-registration sites. Volunteers will help prospective applicants gather the necessary documents and advise them on filling out government forms.
On Tuesday the archdiocese is opening 11 major processing centers. Those who have pre-registered will receive letters setting up interviews at these centers in the next several weeks. More centers will open later.
The fee for amnesty applications is $55 per person. Applicants will still have to pay the full INS fees when they file their completed application.
These are the processing centers: Catholic Charities 1400 West 9th St. Los Angeles 90015 Cathedral of St. Vibiana 114 East Second St. Los Angeles 90012 St. Margaret's Center 10505 South Hawthorne Blvd. Lennox 90304 Holy Cross 4705 South Main St. Los Angeles 90037 Holy Family 1220 North Sanford Wilmington 90748 Catholic Charities 125 East 14th St. Long Beach 90813 Our Lady of Victory School 1317 South Herbert Avenue. Los Angeles 90023 St. Alphonsus School 552 South Amalia Avenue Los Angeles 90022 Holy Family 400 East Lomita Avenue Glendale 91202 Catholic Charities Center 609 East Haley Street Santa Barbara 93103 Cristo Rey Mission 535 Cooper Road Oxnard 93030
In Orange County, the diocese has not set up legalization centers yet. Those interested in assitance are asked to go to their local parish. They will eventually be directed to one of five or six centers, which have not been identified yet.