The IRC can help you to petition to bring your family members to the U.S., apply for citizenship, green cards, work authorization, travel documents, and more.

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Please note: All IRC in Northern California employees are currently working remotely. Client services, workshops, and information sessions are being provided online and by phone until further notice. 

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Who We Are

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is an international non-profit organization founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. The IRC is at work in more than 40 countries and each year our programs serve 23 million people worldwide. The American Institute of Philanthropy CharityWatch gives the IRC an A+ rating and Charity Navigator awarded the IRC its highest rating.

The IRC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide immigration legal services. Our comprehensive immigration services are available in 23 U.S. cities and are provided by accredited immigration staff. We can provide eligibility consultations, full case management services, and legal representation.

 

Apply for U.S. Citizenship

Are you ready to become an American citizen? The IRC can help all eligible legal permanent resident to apply for naturalization. You do not have to be a refugee or asylee client to take advantage of our services. To get started with a case, make an appointment online.

Learn more about

Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

Eligibility for Citizenship

Citizenship Workshops

Documents & Information Needed to Apply

Preparing for the Test

Fee Waivers & Reduced Fees

 

Benefits of Naturalization

Becoming a U.S. citizen opens the door to many new opportunities. Start your naturalization application today so you can have access to all the privileges and protections that come along with being an American citizen including:

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Forced to flee violence in Iraq, Bushra Naji and her family came to the U.S. in 2008. Five years later with the help of IRC, Bushra became an American citizen.
Photo: IRC / Donna Alberico

Ready to apply? Register to attend a citizenship workshop online. At workshops, IRC will prepare your N-400 application, fill out your fee waiver or reduced fee form if applicable (I-912 or I-942), and provide you study materials for the naturalization test. At most workshops, legal service fees are waived.

 

Eligibility for Naturalization

In general, individuals may be eligible for citizenship if they:

  1. Are at least 18 years old;
  2. Have had lawful permanent resident status (“Green Card”) for at least five years, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen;
  3. Have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the last five years;
  4. Have continuously resided in the U.S.;
  5. Have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you're applying;
  6. Are able to pass the English proficiency and American civics test (See exceptions);
  7. Demonstrate good moral character;
  8. Are willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.

Depending on your situation, there may be different requirements that may apply. Not sure if you are eligible? Make an appointment.

 

Naturalization Through Military Service

The naturalization requirements may be diminished or waived for qualifying U.S. military service members and certain veterans. Qualifying service is generally in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and certain components of the National Guard and the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve. Spouses and children of military members may also be eligible for expedited or overseas naturalization. Get detailed guidance on naturalization through military service on the USCIS website or contact your local IRC office to receive an eligibility screening.

 

Citizenship Workshops

Take the hassle and worry out of applying for citizenship: get legal review from IRC's DOJ Accredited Representatives. Registration is required. Use the link below to sign-up.

 

What You Need to Apply

Below is a list of documents and information that you will need for your naturalization appointment with the IRC. Most of this information, you will fill out on Citizenshipworks.

  1. Your Legal Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card")
  2. Your Social Security Card (or a copy)
  3. Your Driver's license or State-issued ID
  4. List of all trips you took outside of the U.S. since you became a permanent resident
  5. List of all your addresses for the last 5 years (with dates of move in and out)
  6. List of all your employers or schools for the last 5 years (with addresses and dates of starting and ending)
  7. List of all your children (including adopted, missing, deceased, and step children) with current addresses, Alien numbers (if applicable), dates of birth, and countries of birth
  8. List of all your marriages and your current spouse's prior marriages (if applicable), including names of spouses, dates of marriage, and dates of termination of marriage
  9. Information about your parents, if they are U.S. citizens
  10. If you've ever been arrested, been to court, had a conviction, had immigration problems, or traffic violations, bring a list of incidents and obtain your Certified Court Dispositions (or DMV records for traffic offenses)
  11. Payment to USCIS: check, cashier's check, or money order for $725 payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security." Credit card payment is also accepted.
  12. For Fee Waiver or Reduced Fee requests, bring proof of low income (an IRS tax transcript, recent tax returns and pay stubs for all working members of the household).

 

Fee Waiver & Reduced Fee Requests

The USCIS application fee for naturalization is currently $725. However, fee waivers and reduced fee options exist. To determine if you are eligible to apply for a Fee Waiver or Reduced Fee, register for a citizenship workshop.

 

English and Civics Exceptions

You are exempt from the English language requirement if you are age 50 or older and have lived as a lawful permanent resident in the United States for 20 years (“50/20” exception),or if you are age 55 or older and have lived as a lawful permanent resident in the United States for 15 years (“55/15” exception). If you are age 65 or older and have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 20 years, you may also be given special consideration regarding the civics test.

You may also qualify for an exception from the English language or civics requirements if you have a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment that prevents you from being able to learn English or demonstrate knowledge of civics. If you are considering requesting an exception on this basis, we encourage you to receive a legal consultation before applying.

 

Naturalization Test Preparation

New! The IRC offers free virtual citizenship preparation classes. Call (209) 250-9251 or email [email protected] to sign up for an upcoming class!

 

Community Partnerships

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) partners with many schools, libraries, labor unions, and other community organizations across Northern California to provide accessible immigration services. Request a free training or educational event about immigrant rights, naturalization, family petitioning, and other immigration processes by emailing [email protected].

The IRC is a nationwide partner of the New Americans Campaign (NAC), a diverse nonpartisan national network of respected immigration organizations, legal services providers, faith-based organizations, immigrant rights groups, foundations and community leaders. The Campaign transforms the way aspiring citizens navigate the path to becoming new Americans. In Santa Clara County, the NAC collaborative members include: Asian Law Alliance; Center for Employment Training (CET); International Rescue Committee (IRC); International Institute of the Bay Area; and Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN). In the East Bay, the NAC collaborative includes API Legal Outreach; Catholic Charities of the East Bay; East Bay Sanctuary Covenant; Filipino Advocates for Justice; International Rescue Committee; Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay; and Korean Community Center East Bay.

The IRC in San Jose is also a member of SBLISN (South Bay Legal Immigration Services Network) which includes: Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), Asian Law Alliance, Catholic Charities of SCC, Center for Employment Training, International Rescue Committee, Step Forward Foundation, Pangea Legal Services, and Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto.

 

Consultations

**IMPORTANT NOTE: Consultations are all virtual right now

Please book a consultation online at our website

 

Apply for a Green Card

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Photo: IRC / M Cohen

The IRC helps individuals to apply for legal permanent residency (green cards) through the adjustment of status process. To determine if you or a family member are eligible to apply for an adjustment of status, book an appointment.

 

 

Petition for Family Members

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Photo: IRC / Goncalves

U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) may bring their eligible family members to live in the United States by filing an immigrant visa petition on behalf of their qualifying relative. Among other requirements, petitioners must show that the relationship with their family member satisfies immigration law and that they are able to financially support their relative in the United States. To receive an eligibility consultation and detailed guidance on sponsoring your family member, make an appointment.

Which family members can I bring to live in the United States?

U.S. citizens may petition to bring children, spouses, parents, and siblings. Legal Permanent Resident may only petition to bring spouses and unmarried children.

How long will the process take?

Processing times vary based on a number of factors, including the beneficiary's legal/family relationship to the petitioner, status of the petitioner (U.S. Citizen vs. Legal Permanent Resident), and the beneficiary's country of origin.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

In Northern California, the International Rescue Committee helps refugees, asylees and immigrants to become permanent residents, apply for citizenship, and petition on behalf of family members, and volunteers are needed in all locations to support immigration caseworkers and ensure the effective management of our offices. To learn more about how you can help IRC provide high quality, low cost immigration services while gaining experience with casework, client follow-up, database management, and community outreach and education, click on your local office below:

Volunteer or Intern in San Jose

Volunteer or Intern in Oakland

Volunteer or Intern in Sacramento

Volunteer or Intern in Turlock

 

Contact Us

To get in touch with an IRC immigration caseworker, reach out directly to a caseworker listed below.

 

Emmir Escorcia

*Se habla español

DOJ Accredited Representative in San Jose

(408) 599-0809

[email protected]

 

Jocelyn Huitron-Gutierrez

*Se habla español

Immigration Caseworker in San Jose

[email protected]

 

Manal Ali 

DOJ Accredited Representative in Oakland

(510) 910-9179

[email protected]

 

Grecia Sandoval

DOJ Accredited Representative in Oakland

(916) 764-0244

[email protected]

 

Monica Contreras

*Se habla español

DOJ Accredited Representative in Turlock 

(209) 250-9251

[email protected]

 

Julissa Salcedo

*Se habla español

DOJ Accredited Representative in Turlock

(209) 403-7008

[email protected]

 

Maryam Emadi

*Speaks Farsi/Dari 

من فارسی/دری صحبت میکنم

Immigration Caseworker in Turlock

[email protected] 

 

Assadullah Hanif

*Speaks Farsi/Dari & Pashtu

من فارسی/دری صحبت میکنم

زه پشتو خبری کولای شم

DOJ Accredited Representative in Sacramento

(916) 413-6859

[email protected]

 

Leeda Nayab

*Speaks Farsi/Dari 

من فارسی/دری صحبت میکنم

Immigration Caseworker in Sacramento

[email protected]

 

Ahmad Zaki Qurbani

*Speaks Farsi/Dari 

من فارسی/دری صحبت میکنم

Immigration Caseworker in Sacramento

[email protected]

 

Ann Ibrahim

*Speaks Arabic

[email protected]

Immigration Caseworker in Sacramento

[email protected]

 

Kayla Ladd

Community Outreach Coordinator for Northern California

[email protected]

 

Ketaki Srivastava

Immigration Manager for Northern California

[email protected]

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