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Immigration Applications & Photos

Immigration Application Assistance at the International Institute

The International Institute is NOT A BRANCH of the U.S. immigration service. We are a private, non-governmental organization (NGO).

However, our Immigration Specialist, who is Partially-Accredited Representatives by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), can assist applicants to complete the paperwork associated with family reunification, Legal Permanent Residence (LPR), and US Citizenship applications. Such assistance can help improve the accuracy of an application and supporting documents, thereby helping to avoid filing delays. Click here for a full list of immigration application services we provide and their fees.

We now offer no-cost 15-minute initial consultation appointments. To schedule a consultation, please follow these steps:

  • Come to the International Institute, Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm to schedule your appointment. Appointments cannot be made by telephone; and
  • Appointments are scheduled after a pre-screening. To get prescreened please come to the front desk at least half an hour before the scheduling hours on Monday at 2:00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM. (A limited number of slots available for pre-screening.)
  • Bring your Permanent Resident card, I-94, proof of US Citizenship, or other qualifying document when you schedule your appointment. Appointments will not be scheduled if the required document is not provided.

We do not file G-28 authorizations or otherwise offer legal representation. We will refer cases needing such legal representation to a local immigration attorney. Or consult directly with staff at the Immigration Law Project of Legal Services of Eastern MO.

We also provide high-quality photos that meet the requirement of USCIS and the US Passport Office. Current charge is $10 for a pair of (2) duplicate photos.

Immigration Services at the US Government Office

For all other immigration service assistance, visit the local government branch of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) at:

Robert A. Young Federal Building
1222 Spruce St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Visit the USCIS website to make an appointment. No one can visit the USCIS without an appointment! Instructions are written in English plus 11 more languages. If you do not have access to a personal computer to make an appointment, you can visit a public library or ask an employee or volunteer at the International Institute for help.

All immigration forms are downloadable from the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website.