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 [email protected] 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

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

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

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


Weekly walk–in Interview Preparation Workshops 

*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 [email protected].

Legal Services and Required Documents 


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

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. 

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 [email protected].

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


Family seated in IRC lobby.
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 [email protected].

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)

We are accepting remote appointment requests for DACA renewal applications. To schedule an appointment, please call  619-389-8723 or email [email protected]. For more information, please click here.

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 [email protected].

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

Full Fee Waiver:

Reduced Fee Waiver


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

Immigration Volunteer and Internship Information:

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


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.


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 [email protected].

**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.