In one year, the IRC assisted:
The IRC immigration network assisted 14,098 clients in applying for a historically high 17,081 applications in FY18.
Ready to apply for citizenship? Need assistance sponsoring a family member? The IRC can help.Make an appointment today.
**Please note the following**
- All IRC in Northern California employees are currently working remotely and actively practicing social distancing. Client contact and services provided online and by phone. Increased focus on protecting safety, health and financial stability for individuals and families.
- Postponement of all workshops, classes, employee gatherings, in-person meetings of 10+ individuals until April 10, 2020 at minimum (includes job-readiness clubs, ESL classes, team meetings). Use of online and virtual meetings as appropriate.
- Postponement of all community facing events, volunteer group activities, and information sessions of 25+ people until April 10, 2020 at minimum. (includes Know Your Rights sessions, Citizenship Workshops). Use of online and virtual meetings as appropriate.
Oakland: (510) 852-8915
Sacramento: (916) 473-5950
San Jose: (408) 277-0255
Turlock: (209) 667-2378 x1
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.
Click on any of the links below to be directed to more information on those topics.
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 or call / text (408) 472-3675.
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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:
- Voting and running for office
- Security against deportation
- Bringing more family to the U.S.
- Increased job opportunities
- Traveling with a U.S. passport
- No more paperwork and fees
- Access to public benefits
Ready to apply? Start your application online on Citizenshipworks or register to attend a citizenship workshop. 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.
In general, individuals may be eligible for citizenship if they:
- Are at least 18 years old;
- Have had lawful permanent resident status (“Green Card”) for at least five years, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen;
- Have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the last five years;
- Have continusouly resided in the U.S.;
- Have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you're applying;
- Are able to pass the English proficiency and American civics test (See exceptions);
- Demonstrate good moral character;
- 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? Come to our weekly immigration clinics.
The naturalization requirements may be diminished or waived for qualifiying 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.
Take the hassle and worry out of applying for citizenship: get legal review from IRC's DOJ Accredited Representatives. Registration is required.
- Every 1st Wednesday of the month, 3:30–6:30pm | Alum Rock Library, 3090 Alum Rock Ave, San José, 95127 Register online
- Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 1–5pm | IRC Sacramento 2020 Hurley Way, #420, Sacramento, 95825 Register online
- Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9am–2pm | Monument Crisis Center, 1990 Market Street, Concord 94520 Register online
- Every 3rd Monday of the month, 5–7:30pm | Santa Clara Central Library, 2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara 95051 Register online
- Every 4th Tuesday of the month, 4–7pm | Assyrian American Civic Club, 2618 N Golden State Blvd, Turlock 95382 Register online
- Every 1st Thursday of the month | Various libraries in the Sacramento area. Check dates and register online
Below is a list of documents and information that you will need for your naturalization appointment. To help, IRC has made a citizenship worksheet that you can fill in and print.
- Your Legal Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card")
- Your Social Security Card (or a copy)
- Your Driver's license or State-issued ID
- List of all trips you took outside of the U.S. since you became a permanent resident
- List of all your addresses for the last 5 years (with dates of move in and out)
- List of all your employers or schools for the last 5 years (with addresses and dates of starting and ending)
- 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
- 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
- Information about your parents, if they are U.S. citizens
- 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)
- 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.
- 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).
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 or call IRC at (408) 658-9206.
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.
Many libraries and community organizations offer free U.S. civics classes, mock interview evenings, and ESL classes to help you prepare for the citizenship interview.
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 Kayla Ladd at Kayla.Ladd [at] Rescue.org or calling (408) 277-0255 extension 202.
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.
Get a legal consultation at our weekly immigration clinics called 'Open Hours'.
Oakland: Every Monday from 1-4pm at 440 Grand Ave, Suite #500, Oakland, CA 94610. $30 Consultation Fee. Book now.
San Jose: Every Tuesday from from 10am-12pm & 1:30-4:30pm at 1210 S. Bascom Ave., Suite #227, San Jose, CA 95128. $30 Consultation Fee. Walk-ins welcome.
Sacramento: Every Wednesday from 10am-4:30pm at 2020 Hurley Way, Suite #420, Sacramento, CA 95825. $25 Consultation Fee. Walk-ins welcome.
Turlock: Every Wednesday from 9am-12pm at 3446 N Golden State Blvd, Suite A,Turlock, CA 95382. $25 Consultation Fee. Walk-ins welcome.
The IRC helps individuals to apply for legal permanent residency (green cards) through the adjustment of status process. To detemine if you or a family member are eligible to apply for an adjustment of status, book an appointment or come to Open Hours.
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 or come to Open Hours.
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.
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:
To get in touch with an IRC immigration caseworker, call your local IRC office or reach out directly to a caseworker listed below.
1210 S. Bascom Ave., Suite #227, San Jose, CA 95128
440 Grand Ave #500, Oakland, CA 94610
3446 N Golden State Blvd, Suite A, Turlock, CA 95382
2020 Hurley Way, Ste #420, Sacramento, CA 95825
Immigration Director for Northern California
(209) 667-2378 ext 209
Vivien.Jacob [at] Rescue.org
DOJ Accredited Representative in San Jose
(408) 277-0255 Ext. 203
Ketaki.Srivastava [at] Rescue.org
*Se habla español
DOJ Accredited Representative in San Jose
(408) 277-0255 Ext. 208
Emmir.Escorcia [at] Rescue.org
DOJ Accredited Representative in Oakland
Manal.Ali [at] Rescue.org
*Se habla español
Immigration Caseworker in Oakland
Grecia.Sandoval [at] Rescue.org
*Se habla español
DOJ Accredited Representative in Turlock
(209) 667-2378 ext 1
Monica.Contreras [at] Rescue.org
*Speaks Farsi/Dari & Pashtu
من فارسی/دری صحبت میکنم
زه پشتو خبری کولای شم
DOJ Accredited Representative in Sacramento
Assadullah.Hanif [at] rescue.org
*Speaks Spanish, Arabic, & German
Se habla espanol
يتكلم بالغة العربية
DOJ Accredited Representative in Sacramento
Kevin.Woldhagen [at] rescue.org
Community Outreach Coordinator for Northern California
(408) 277-0255 ext 202
Kayla.Ladd [at] Rescue.org
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- ImmigrantInfo.org: A collaborative project, sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations and the South Bay Consortium for Adult Education (SBCAE) to support successful integration of immigrants and refugees into the community. The website contains a searchable database of current ESL and citizenship classes, public events, and government as well as non-profit educational resources in Santa Clara County.
- Have friends or family living outside of Northern California? Visit the general IRC Immigration Website to find an immigration specialist in another U.S. city!
- The International Rescue Committee is a member of the New Americans Campaign, a nonpartisan, innovative and unprecedented effort led by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center that brings together a coalition of funders, leading national immigration and service organizations, and over 100 local service providers to help aspiring Americans reach their dream of citizenship. Visit the NAC events site to find nationwide citizenship and immigration workshops near you!