Holy Cross Ministries is dedicated to helping immigrant families participate in the community and gain self-sufficiency. Recognizing that there are limited accessible resources for low-income families in Utah, The Legal Immigration Program operates Utah's first and largest U visa program for victims of crime and has helped over 10,000 men, women and children gain some type of legal status since opening in 2000.
HCM's Legal Immigration Program offers the following services
- Legal support for immigrant victims of violence*
- Support for humanitarian and temporary status applicants
- Family reunification assistance
- Citizenship services
- HCM currently has funding to assist Salt Lake County residents with the naturalization process free of charge. If you feel you are eligible, please contact us.
Program Hours and Location
Services are offered BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at HCM's Salt Lake City offices. To schedule an appointment, please call HCM's Client Support Specialist (801-261-3440). Because the line is often very busy, it is important to leave a message with your contact information and reason for your call.
The Legal Immigration Program is located in Holy Cross Ministries' offices at
860 East 4500 South, Suite 204
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
HCM's legal team also offers free, walk-in consultations at the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City every Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at
660 200 East, Suite 300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Utah Immigration Collaborative (UIC)
Holy Cross Ministries is a proud affiliate of the Utah Immigration Collaborative (UIC) along with Catholic Community Services of Utah, Comunidades Unidas, Immigrant Legal Services and The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City. Launched on May 1, 2020, the UIC established a centralized, language-accessible legal helpline to better coordinate services by screening and referring inquiries to the appropriate agency.
The UIC phone helpline is now live at 801.382.9027 and available Mondays through Thursdays during regular business hours. Voicemails received outside of hours of operation will be responded to promptly the next business day.
Help Support Our Families
Holy Cross Ministries works to ensure that everyone is able to participate fully in this community. Many individuals and their families face barriers such as language, culture, abuse, and location. Your support helps us continue offering low-cost services to a critically underserved population.
Update: HCM supports Supreme Court ruling keeping DACA in place
Holy Cross Ministries (HCM) supports the decision the U.S. Supreme Court released on June 18, 2020, that temporarily halts the Department of Homeland Security from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
HCM welcomes this decision because it protects poor, underserved and marginalized families in Utah, especially women and children. Moreover, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who sponsor HCM, promote actions and policies that protect rights and dignity through access to justice and suitable work. DACA applies only to individuals who came to the U.S. as children – commonly referred to as “Dreamers.” Almost one million initial DACA applications have been submitted since the program began in 2012.
HCM believes DACA is vital because it impacts 200,000 workers employed in essential jobs in the U.S., including the communities we provide services to in Utah. Employers in Utah rely on Dreamers to work in industries such as construction, landscaping, restaurants and other food services. It has been reported that approximately 30,000 DACA recipients currently hold jobs in healthcare – some of whom work in Utah fighting COVID-19.
Recognizing the limited resources accessible to low-income families in Utah, HCM’s Legal Immigration Program assists Dreamers in applying for and renewing DACA applications. Under DACA, HCM’s Legal Immigration Program helps countless Dreamers participate in the community and gain self-sufficiency by working and attending college in Utah.
Legal Immigration Program Staff
*71% of programming ($175,000 per year) for victims of crime is made possible by federal funds through the Utah Office for Victims of Crime.