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Enroll In ECO​

ECO offers access to lawyers, legal clinics, workshops, classroom-style instruction, mutual-aid support groups, support with filing fees and more. Enrolling is fast, free, and easy.

Background

Equity Corps of Oregon supports Oregonians who need access to an immigration lawyer, support with filing fees, and want to learn about their rights under immigration law. ECO is a team of advocates, community-based organizations, impacted community members and attorneys all working together to make sure every immigrant in Oregon who is eligible, gets the legal help they need.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this community designed program:

  1. You must live in Oregon
  2. Your household income must be below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines
  3. You must be at risk of deportation or need help with an immigration legal matter.

Three ways to enroll

Call the statewide ECO Call Center.

Contact the ECO Call Center to begin an enrollment application. The ECO Call Center will locate a navigator and have the navigator contact you to schedule an appointment for navigation. The ECO Call Center is open Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm, at 1-888-274-7292.

Start an application with a Community Navigator.

Community-based navigators can start and submit your enrollment application. Contact an ECO Navigating Organization listed below to schedule an appointment with a navigator.

  • Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove – 503-992-0078
  • African Family Holistic Health Organization, Portland, 503-206-7672
  • Centro de Ayuda, Newport, 541-265-6216
  • Centro de Servicios para Campesinos, Woodburn, 503-982-0243
  • Latino Community Association, Bend, 541-382-4366
  • Latino Network, Portland, 503-283-6881
  • Pueblo Unido, Portland, 503-360-0324
  • Unete, Medford, 541-245-1625
  • Catholic Community Services of Lane County, Eugene 541-345-3628
  • De Rose Community Bridge, Portland, 503-841-3297
  • The Next Door, Inc., The Dalles, 541-296-8118
  • IRCO, Portland, 503-234-1541

Start an application with an ECO Provider

If you have already selected an attorney or have an ECO Provider who wants to take your case and you are not yet enrolled in ECO, the ECO Provider can submit your enrollment application. The ECO Provider should email clearinghouse@equitycorps.org for a link to the Provider Initiated Referral portal.

Have these things ready when you meet with the navigator to prepare your enrollment application:

Proof of your identity.

Examples of proof you can submit include a passport, a national identity card, a state identity card. Legible copies of identity documents are generally accepted. 

Your civil status documents.

Examples include your birth record, marriage record, divorce decree, and children's birth records. Not all of the documents are required to submit an enrollment application; however, the documents can help your application get processed faster. 

Your immigration records.

Examples include all border entry documents, a Notice to Appear, work permits, receipt notices, hearing notices, and parole notices. It is a good idea to collect and keep your immigration documents in one spot.

Proof of or a reasonable estimate of your monthly household income. 

Examples include recent paycheck stubs, a tax return, and a statement made under oath about your income.

Proof of your Oregon residence.

Examples include a document with your name and Oregon address, an Oregon identity document, and a statement under oath about your Oregon residence. 

Checklist for Enrollment & Navigation

FAQ

common questions

ECO provides free immigration legal services to those who need them. Once enrolled in ECO, you are eligible for all the services and benefits available to enrollees. In addition to access to the many lawyers within the ECO network, you can access the Client Service Fund for support with filing fees, expert witness fees, and similar items;  the forensic provider network for forensic evaluations to support your immigration applications; and mutual aid support groups and skill-building sessions to learn about the law and how it impacts you.

After submission, enrollment applications are reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Most applicants have a needs assessment (sometimes called a “Long Term Options” assessment) to support in making a referral for services.

All cases are important and once enrolled, all cases will be screened for priority. To provide services to as many people as possible and to prevent unfair deportations, ECO prioritizes cases based on the risk of deportation.

ECO screens individuals for up to 64 different forms of immigration benefit and relief applications, including asylum, work authorization, a range of family reunification petitions, citizenship, and more.

Yes! ECO participants can choose a lawyer affiliated with the ECO program. Keep in mind that the lawyer you choose must be affiliated with ECO as a panel attorney or under contract with the Oregon State Bar and they must be taking new cases. If you find a lawyer you want to work with who is not yet affiliated with ECO, ask them to join the network!

You may have to find a different lawyer or you can ask ECO to find an available attorney for you. If you only want to work with that lawyer, you may have to wait for the lawyer to begin taking new cases again. Keep in mind that if you have important deadlines in your case, waiting could harm your chances of success.

Yes. You can choose your own lawyer or choose to have ECO find a lawyer for you. It can be hard to find lawyers. ECO can make referrals for you to a provider.

Yes. All ECO legal clinics are free of charge. In many cases, the clinician can help you access support for filing fees.

Yes. ECO clinics are an important place to get free legal services. Many of the ECO clinics are “prioritized clinics” which require a referral in order to access the clinic. The clinics can also make referrals to help you. More and more clinics are being added to the ECO network as the program continues to scale.

ECO clinics are places where immigration lawyers provide a range of services including work authorization, preparation of asylum applications, motions and applications with the immigration courts or immigration agencies, needs assessments, and more. Some clinics provide both limited-scope and full-scope services.

Yes. ECO provides a full range of services to DACAistas including legal representation and filing fee support for DACA renewals and advance parole applications.

ECO prioritizes cases because there are enough lawyers and accredited representatives to help everyone if we space out the demand for legal services. In other words, there are not enough lawyers for everyone all at the same time; but if we prioritize cases there are enough lawyers for everyone in the community to be served. By some estimates, Oregon needs at least another 200 immigration lawyers to help everyone at the same time. ECO prioritizes cases based on whether an individual is detained, is at risk of imminent removal, has a key milestone approaching, or has important factors.  

ECO reserves some capacity throughout the representation system for priority referrals. For example, ECO has several prioritized clinics that provide legal services only to individuals who have an imminent or key milestone in their case. With prioritization, there is more chance that everyone’s needs will get served. ECO also has non-prioritized capacity. The ECO Clearinghouse makes sure that the priority cases get referrals as quickly as lawyers are available. The ECO Clearinghouse also completes enrollments and issues the paperwork for non-prioritized cases.

Yes! ECO provides an online directory of providers affiliated with ECO. If you find a lawyer who is taking new cases, you can ask the lawyer to contact the ECO Clearinghouse to issue the paperwork.

No. Navigation happens only once at the beginning of the process to get you enrolled into ECO. Once you are enrolled, you are eligible for ECO throughout your entire immigration journey. You lose eligibility for ECO only if you stop being an Oregon resident or if you are no longer income qualified.

If you have a new case — you need more help — you can ask the ECO Clearinghouse to send a priority referral to find a lawyer, or you can ask the  last lawyer you worked with to request the paperwork from the ECO Clearinghouse.

As a system, ECO uses a mixed-model of nonprofit lawyer and private lawyers so that the community has access to as many immigration lawyers as possible. This improves client choice — the ability of you to pick your own lawyer or have ECO find the first available lawyer for you.

ECO provides funding to community-based organizations so they can start new legal services programs and hire lawyers, including clinics, throughout the state and within different cultural communities.

ECO provides funding to community-based organizations so they can get licensing called “recognition and accreditation” and from the U.S. Department of Justice so that they provide legal services with specially trained non-lawyers called “accredited representatives.”

ECO, through its fiscal agent, Oregon Worker Relief, awards fellowships to new lawyers, particularly lawyers from Oregon, for one or two years to create new opportunities and strengthen the immigration legal community.

ECO works with the Oregon State Bar to develop trainings, standards, and other resources to continually improve access to immigration justice and immigration legal resources.

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