Catholic Charities of the East Bay will begin holding free weekly information sessions out of its Richmond office at 1 p.m. on Thursdays to provide residents information about President Barack Obama's administrative directive on immigration.
Catholic Charities expects the administration to release information about how eligible individuals can request work visas and other citizenship proceedings by mid-August.
"We plan to begin helping clients file at that time and will also be considering whether we also have the resources to represent some of the clients already in proceedings," immigration attorney Heather Wolf wrote in a news release Wednesday.
President Obama announced last week from the White House that, effective immediately, young immigrants who arrived in the country illegally before age 16 and spent at least five continuous years in the country would be allowed to stay and apply for work permits if they had no criminal history and met other criteria, such as graduating from high school or performing military service.
According to its news release, Catholic Charities is also concerned that the change in policy could leave confused local immigrants vulnerable to fraud from criminals masquerading as immigration attorneys.
The meetings will be held at Catholic Charities' Richmond offices at 2360 Barrett Ave. For more information, call 888-277-8608.
Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726. Follow him at Twitter.com/roberthrogers.