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The IRC in San Diego's Immigration & Citizenship Services

Due to the COVID pandemic our staff is currently working remotely. Please call 619-641-7510 ext. 250 or send an email to Immigration.SD [at] rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20%0A)  to schedule a virtual appointment.  Remote Legal Services are available! 

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  1. Legal Services provided by DOJ Accredited Representatives and Required Documents for Appointments
  2. Citizenship Education Program
  3. Outreach
  4. How to help
  5. Contact Us

Announcements and Upcoming Events

  • URGENT:  IRC San Diego is offering FREE Remote DACA renewal services for DREAMERS in California. If eligible, your $495 government filing fee may be covered by a California grant for low-income individuals or full-time students who reside in California. **Funding may end on September 28th Contact us ASAP to schedule your virtual appointment via email at Immigration.SD [at] rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20)  or call/text us at 619-389-8723.  
  • Are you applying to become a citizen? Please note: the citizenship application fee is going up over 80% in October! This new Fee Rule has put citizenship out of reach for millions of low-income immigrants across the U.S. Start your application with help from our accredited legal representatives today! Please email us at Immigration.SD [at] rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20)  or call 619-389-8723.
  • Online Citizenship Test Prep Classes begin this October!  Click here for more information about this FREE course.
  • 'More than a Dreamer': IRC client and DACA beneficiary, Lupe*, shares how DACA has impacted her future and enabled her to help immigrant youth as a community advocate in City Heights. Read her story here

Legal Services

With over 40 years of experience, IRC San Diego Immigration Department provides quality low-cost and free application assistance and legal representation to refugee, asylee and other immigrant communities. Our DOJ Accredited Legal Representatives can assist with: 

Citizenship Education Program

From application help to preparation for the citizenship exam, the IRC provides step by step support throughout the naturalization process.

Our no-cost Citizenship Education Program helps eligible Lawful Permanent Residents prepare for their Naturalization Interview through our two programs: 

8 & 10-week Citizenship Education Courses

  • Practice English for your Interview and learn about American History and Politics. (Classes are held in English.) 
  • Complete the course and get FREE citizenship application preparation! (You must have a valid Green Card and be eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship.) 

During the pandemic, remote Citizenship classes are still available! Click here for information on upcoming classes.

 

Weekly walk–in Interview Preparation Workshops 

  • Free Citizenship Interview practice
  • No registration required
  • Please bring your Green Card to your first class

*Weekly walk-in interview preparation workshops are not offered at this time due to COVID-19.*

For more information or to register for classes, please call 619-641-7510 ext. 250 or email Immigration.SD [at] Rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request%20, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20)

Legal Services and Required Documents 

Citizenship

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 continuously resided in the U.S.
  • Are able to pass the English proficiency and American civics test (Exemptions may be available)
  • Demonstrate good moral character
  • Are willing to take the Oath of Allegiance

What You Need to Apply 

Below is a list of documents and information that you will need for your naturalization appointment. You must complete and bring the Citizenship worksheet to your IRC appointment found in the checklist below. 

  • Your Lawful 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).  

Please click on the link below to download a checklist with the required documents: 

N-400 – Naturalization

N-400 + I-912 – Naturalization with Fee Waiver

Apply for a Green Card

The IRC helps individuals to apply for lawful permanent residency (green cards) through the adjustment of status process. To determine if you or family members are eligible to apply for an adjustment of status, please call 619-641-7510 ext. 250 or email Immigration.SD [at] rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20%0A)

Please click on the links below to download a checklist with the required documents: 

Renewal or Replacement of Green Card 

Adjustment of Status

Refugee Green Card

Asylee Green Card 

Removal of Conditions

Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/UNHCR

Petition for Family Members 

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, call 619-641-7510 ext. 250 or email Immigration.SD [at] rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request%20, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20)

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

U.S. citizens may petition to bring children, spouses, parents, and siblings. Lawful Permanent Residents 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. Lawful Permanent Resident), and the beneficiary's country of origin.  

Please click on the link below to download a checklist with the required documents: 

I-130 – Parent

I-130 – Spouse 

I-130 – Child 

I-130 - Brother/Sister 

I-129F - Fiancé 

To view the current Visa Bulletin please see the State Department website by clicking here

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The IRC San Diego is offering free DACA Renewal services. To learn more about this free service or to schedule an appointment, please call IRC at 619-641-7510 ext. 250 or email Immigration.SD [at] rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20)

Please click on the link below to download a checklist with the required documents: 

DACA Renewal

 

Fee Waiver & Reduced Fee Requests 

Immigration filing fee waivers and reduced fee options may be available. To determine if you are eligible to apply for a USCIS Fee Waiver or Reduced Fee, call IRC at 619-641-7510 ext. 250 or email Immigration.SD [at] rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20)

Please see a list of USCIS applications that accept a Fee Waiver or Reduced Fees below: 

Full Fee Waiver:

Reduced Fee Waiver 

What is public charge? 

“Public charge” is a ground of inadmissibility. Grounds of inadmissibility are reasons that a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the United States. It is not a test that applies to everyone. In deciding whether to grant an applicant a green card or a visa, an immigration officer must decide whether that person is likely to become dependent on certain government benefits in the future, which would make them a “public charge.”  

Here are a few important points regarding public charge: 

  • Public charge does not apply to all immigrants. This law mainly impacts those seeking permanent resident status through family member petitions. 
  • In immigration law, public charge is a ground of “inadmissibility.” This law says that those who are viewed as likely to become dependent on the government in the future as a “public charge” are inadmissible. Grounds of inadmissibility only apply to those seeking entry at our borders or those applying for a green card (lawful permanent residence). 
  • Many immigrant categories are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility, even if they might be applying for status or a green card. U visa holders, T visa holders, asylees, refugees, and many more categories are exempt. 
  • Public charge laws do not apply in the naturalization process, through which lawful permanent residents apply to become U.S. citizens. 

For more information on public charge, please click here

Our Immigration Department provides Know Your Rights Trainings in both English and Spanish to support and empower underserved communities.

Outreach

IRC Immigration Department also promotes immigrant rights by hosting education & outreach events within the San Diego community, such as: 

  • FREE monthly Citizenship events held the first Tuesday of the month at the City Heights Library (on-hold during the pandemic) 
  • Know Your Rights Presentations  
  • Citizenship and DACA Workshops 

Immigration Volunteer and Internship Information: 

*Please check back on July 1st for updates on volunteer and internship opportunities .* 

Volunteer 

Description: Front Desk Volunteer is the first point of contact with community members and clients at the front desk. Volunteers serve a minimum of 2 shifts per week (8-10 hours). No immigration experience needed, but language capacity outside of English is preferred. Please click here for more information about the Immigration Volunteer position. Volunteers are taken on a rolling basis.

Internship  

Description: Intern will work with Immigration staff to assist with current and new client cases. Intern will work both directly with clients and provide support for Immigration staff. Please visit the link below for more information about Immigration Internship position. Intern cohorts run for 4 months starting in September, January, and May.​

To learn more about the Immigration Internship position, click here.

Contact Us

Schedule a Virtual Appointment 

To schedule an appointment, please call IRC at 619-641-7510 ext. 250 or send an email to Immigration.SD [at] rescue.org (subject: Appointment%20request%20, body: Hello%2C%20%0A%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20schedule%20an%20appointment%20for%20an%20Immigration%20service.%20My%20contact%20information%20is%3A%20%0A%20%0AFull%20Legal%20Name%3A%20%0AHome%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ACell%20phone%20number%3A%20%0ABest%20time%20to%20call%3A%20%0AEmail%20address%3A%20%0AType%20of%20Immigration%20service%20requested%3A%20%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20)

**Due to the COVID pandemic our staff is currently working remotely. No-walk-in services nor in-person appointment are available at this time. Please call or email to schedule a virtual appointment.