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Gulf Coast Immigration Information Center

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This guide is designed to provide legal resources on United States immigration law including access to relevant laws and regulations, specialized online resources, and referrals to immigration attorneys and legal aid organizations in Louisiana. This guide is not designed as an all-inclusive guide to immigration law, and does not provide legal advice.

It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney about legal issues. The American Immigration Lawyers Association maintains a database of attorneys in each state at

If you are unable to afford an attorney, there may be local services or online resources that can help you.

  • For help finding legal information about the rights of immigrants in the United States, including federal regulations, visa procedures, and interactions with law enforcement, visit the Know Your Rights section of this guide.
  • For help finding an attorney or connecting with legal aid organizations in Louisiana, visit the Community Resources section of this guide.
  • For help finding information about representing yourself in United States Immigration Court and/or if you have received a “Notice to Appear,” visit the Legal Resources section of this guide.

The calendar below highlights free legal clinics that provide information about immigration law. These sessions are free of charge and open to everyone, but do not provide legal advice specific to your case. For more information, contact the agency listed on the event description.


Please note that administrative and enforcement immigration functions of the United States government are overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) carries out administrative functions, including the issuing of visas. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), are charged with enforcing immigration laws and protecting the U.S. borders. United States Immigration Courts are under the jurisdiction of the United States Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).


All the information on these websites and documents are meant to provide useful basic information about immigration law and detention. Please note that many of these resources originate from other jurisdictions and that the law in those jurisdictions may vary from that of the jurisdiction of your case. Under no circumstances do these resources constitute legal advice. It is always in your best interest to consult with an attorney competent in the area of law applicable to your case.