New mission opens to help with immigration


OKEECHOBEE — Nuestro Pueblo Servicios de Immigración is the new “sister” mission to the well-known “Our Village. The primary focus of this new mission is to help with immigration.

Nuestro Pueblo Servicios de Immigración is a non-profit on its own but shares some board members with other non-profits in Okeechobee. Leah Suarez, who started Our Village, is the executive director. Mary O’Neal is the board chair, and Maria Oliverez is the secretary of the board. There are six volunteers who are ready and willing to assist with immigration. All six are bilingual.

Sam Byrd, has been involved in immigration for many years and although he is now retired and living in Alva, he is excited to volunteer some time helping the group get set up and trained.

Oliverez explained Our Village has clients who desperately need help with immigration papers and laws. Many are told the process costs thousands and thousands, but most of the work for immigration involves paperwork, and with help from those trained, it can be done much, much cheaper than this. There are some filing fees and there are some court costs, but for most of the process, you do not need an attorney. You just need someone who is familiar with the paperwork.

Suarez said their goal is to help immigrants achieve citizenship and work towards a better life. Just like with Our Village, Nuestro Pueblo Servicios de Immigración offers a hand up, not a hand out.

Para hacer una cita por favor llame al 863-447-0471.

Immigration prescreening is $25 per person. After prescreening, if accepted, client will receive an initial consult for $50 per person. The $50 fee will be applied to any service provided after that time.

They also provide notary services. $30 per document.

Prescreening and initial consults are available Friday, April 21, Friday, April 28 and Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They take anyone from Florida and  can even do it via Zoom!

To read this story in Spanish, click here.

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