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Immigration and Citizenship Services in Northern California

Updated 

The IRC's Immigration Department can help you to petition to bring your family members to the U.S., apply for American citizenship, green cards, work authorization, travel documents, and more. The IRC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). 

Our immigration services are available to any immigrant population in Northern California. Make an appointment today by calling your local IRC office:

IRC in San Jose: call (408) 277-0255 x17 or send an sanjoseimmigration [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Oakland: call (510) 852-8914 or send an Manal.Alli [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Turlock: call (209) 667-2378 x1 or send an Monica.Contreras [at] Rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Sacramento: call (916) 473-5950 or send an Assadullah.Hanif [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Inquiry%20, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email) 

Photo: IRC / Harkin

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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. IRC is at work in more than 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities and in 2015, our programs served 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. 

Our comprehensive immigration services are available in 23 U.S. cities and are provided by qualified IRC staff accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice's Board of Immigration Appeals. We provide eligibility consultations, full case management services, and are able to serve as your representative with USCIS.

 

Apply for U.S. Citizenship 

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:

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
  • 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 LPR paperwork and fees
  • Access to public benefits

When you're ready to become an American citizen, call the IRC to make an appointment or register for one of our citizenship workshops listed below. Our trained immigration specialists will determine if you are eligible for citizenship; complete and submit your citizenship application (N-400); and file fee waivers on your behalf (if applicable). Afterwards and throughout the entire naturalization process, we will follow-up with the status of your case and serve as your representative with USCIS.

Who is eligible for for U.S. citizenship?

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 continusouly resided in the U.S.; 5) Are able to pass the English proficiency and American civics test; 6) Demonstrate good moral character; 7) Are willing to take the Oath of Allegiance. For full eligibility requirements, attend an information session

Are there exemptions from the eligibility requirements?

You may qualify for an exemption from the English proficiency test if you are age 50 or older and have lived as a 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 permanent resident in the United States for 15 years (“55/15” exception). If you are age 65 or older and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years, you may also be given special consideration regarding the civics test. In addition, qualifiying U.S. military service members and veterans may be exempt from some of the requirements listed above. Contact your local IRC office with questions or to receive a free eligibility screening.

How can I get started on my application now? 

Even after office hours, the IRC can help you start your citizenship application online at home. Visit Citizenshipworks to complete an eligibility screening, make an account, and compile information about you required for the N-400 application. Once finished, call (408) 277-0255 ext 17, 18 or 21 or email sanjoseimmigration [at] rescue.org to schedule your legal review appointment. Instructions here

Annoucement: N-400 fees have increased

For the first time in six years, USCIS increased the fees required for many immigrant applications and petitions, including the application for U.S. citizenship. Read the article.

 

Free Immigration & Citizenship Workshops

These free citizenship application workshops and immigration information sessions are offered in partnership with libraries and community centers around the Bay Area to provide accessible immigration resources to the community. Registration is required. To register, call (408) 277-0255 ext 17 or 18, or click on the 'Register' link below.

Early registration is strongly encouraged as these workshops fill up quickly.

  • Mon Mar 27th, 1 – 4pm | Citizenship Workshop at Alum Rock Branch Library, Community Room, 3090 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose 95127 Register online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Wed Mar 29th, 8:30am - 10:30am | Citizenship Information Session (Bilingual Spanish) at Katherine R Smith Elementary School RSVP online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Thurs Mar 30th, 8:30am - 10:30am | Citizenship Information Session (Bilingual Vietnamese) at Katherine R Smith Elementary School RSVP online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Wed Apr 5, 3:30 - 6pm | Citizenship Workshop at Alum Rock Branch Library, 3090 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose 95127 Register online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Thurs Apr 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm | Citizenship Workshop at Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto 94303 Register online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Thurs Apr 13, 5-6pm | Know Your Rights at IRC in San Jose, 1210 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 227, San Jose 95128 RSVP online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Thurs Apr 13, 6:30-7:30pm | Family Petitioning & Naturalization Information at IRC in San Jose, 1210 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 227, San Jose 95128 RSVP online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Mon Apr 17, 5-7:30pm | Citizenship Workshop & Information Session at Santa Clara City Library Central Park Branch, 2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara 95051 Register online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Tue Apr 25, 9-1pm | Citizenship Workshop at Monument Crisis Center
  • Wed May 3, 3:30 - 6pm | Citizenship Workshop at Alum Rock Branch Library, 3090 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose 95127 Register online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Thurs May 4, 6:30 – 8:30pm | Citizenship Workshop at Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto 94303 Register online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18
  • Mon May 15, 5-7:30pm | Citizenship Application Workshop at Santa Clara City Library Central Park Branch, 2635 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara 95051 Register online or call (408) 277-0255 ext 18

 

 

Apply for a Green Card

Photo: IRC / M Cohen

The IRC helps refugees, asylees, and immigrants to apply for legal permanent residency (green cards) through the adjustment of status process.To detemine if you or a family member are eligible for a green card, call: 

IRC in San Jose: call (408) 277-0255 x17 or send an sanjoseimmigration [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Oakland: call (510) 852-8914 or send an Manal.Alli [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Turlock: call (209) 667-2378 x1 or send an Monica.Contreras [at] Rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Sacramento: call (916) 473-5950 or send an Assadullah.Hanif [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Inquiry%20, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

 

Petition for Family Members

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.

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. For updated information, call your local IRC office.

 

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 in San Jose

Volunteer in Oakland

Volunteer in Sacramento

Volunteer in Turlock

 

Contact Us

To get in touch with an IRC immigration caseworker, call your local IRC office or reach out directly to a caseworker listed below. 

IRC in San Jose: call (408) 277-0255 ext 17 or 18, or send an sanjoseimmigration [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Oakland: call (510) 852-8914 or send an Manal.Alli [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Turlock: call (209) 667-2378 ext 1 or send an Monica.Contreras [at] Rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Question, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

IRC in Sacramento: call (916) 473-5950 or send an Assadullah.Hanif [at] rescue.org (subject: Immigration%20Inquiry%20, body: Name%3A%20%0A%0AContact%20Number%3A%20%0A%0AEmail%20Address%3A%20%0A%0AQuestion%3A%20%0A%0A%0A) (email)

Ketaki Srivastava 

Immigration Coordinator in San Jose

(408) 277-0255 Ext. 17

Ketaki.Srivastava [at] Rescue.org

 

Emmir Escorcia

*Se habla español

Immigration Caseworker in San Jose

(408) 277-0255 Ext. 18

Emmir.Escorcia [at] Rescue.org 

 

Manal Ali 

*Speaks Arabic / أنا أتكلم العربية

Immigration Caseworker in Oakland

(510) 852-8914

Manal.Ali [at] Rescue.org

 

Monica Contreras

*Se habla español

Immigration Caseworker in Turlock 

(209) 667-2378 ext 1 

Monica.Contreras [at] Rescue.org

 

Assadullah Hanif

*Speaks Farsi/Dari & Pashtu

من فارسی/دری صحبت میکنم

زه پشتو خبری کولای شم

Immigration Caseworker in Sacramento

(916) 473-5950

Assadullah.Hanif [at] rescue.org

 

Amir Musić

Regional Immigration Manager

(510) 852-8916

Amir.Music [at] Rescue.org

 

Kayla Ladd

Community Outreach Specialist

(408) 277-0255 Ext. 21

Kayla.Ladd [at] Rescue.org

 

News and Features

Additional workshop date

To help aspiring citizens apply for U.S. citizenship prior to the fee increase coming into effect on Dec. 23, IRC has opened up an additional citizenship workshop date on Dec.19. To learn more and register, click here

 

USCIS fee increase

Immigrants will face a fee hike for U.S. citizenship applications starting Dec. 23. Read the article.

 

Connect with us

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Other Resources

  • USCIS Website
  • San Jose Public Library Events 
  • Palo Alto City Library Events 
  • Santa Clara County Library Events
  • 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!
  • 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.