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The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston has opened a new immigration office on Hilton Head Island.
The office offers low-cost assistance to immigrants applying for permanent residency, naturalization, temporary protected status, religious visas, and self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act.
The office, part of the Catholic Charities Office of Immigration Services, has been busy since opening in late April, according to director Mily Choy.
She said her office offers bilingual services, unlike the agency it replaced, Lowcountry Immigration Services.
According to the diocese, Beaufort County's Hispanic population grew by 73 percent between 2000 and 2007, giving it the second-highest concentration of Hispanic immigrants in the state.
The office is at 10 Office Way, Suite 200, near the entrance to Sea Pines on the island's south end.