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Pathways to citizenship

Immigration Crisis Watch

The International Rescue Committee offers high-quality, low-cost immigration legal services and citizenship assistance in 23 cities across the United States. Our comprehensive immigration services are provided by fully qualified IRC staff accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice's Board of Immigration Appeals.

COVID-19: IRC responds to planned Trump executive order to halt immigration

  • In an Apr. 21 statement, IRC vice president of Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration Hans Van de Weerd calls President Donald Trump’s planned executive order to halt immigration to the U.S. "another heartbreaking and demoralizing development."

  • Refugees and immigrants are integral to the coronavirus response in the United States with 17 percent of the health system made up of immigrants, and 29 percent of doctors born outside of the country.

  • "It is a shame that this announcement comes as more and more immigrants and refugees continue to sign up [at Refugees.rescue.org] to help ... knowing that doing so may put their own health at risk," Van de Weerd says.

  • "There isn’t evidence that travel bans work to stop the spread of COVID-19, but there is plenty of evidence that our health care system needs more support and that immigrants enrich the economy and country," he says. "We need tests, not bans."

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Across the country, the IRC’s Pathways to Citizenship program strives to ensure equal protection under the law and civic integration of refugees and immigrants— aspiring new Americans— by assisting them to achieve U.S. citizenship. 

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What immigration services does the IRC offer?

  • The IRC assists refugees and immigrants in obtaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status (“Green Card”). 
  • We help qualified Lawful Permanent Residents apply for citizenship and provide civics classes to help prepare them for the citizenship test. 
  • We help reunite refugee and asylee families who have been separated by war and conflict, and assist immigrants and U.S. citizens petition for family members.
  • We support qualified low-income applicants obtain fee waivers from certain USCIS application fees.
  • We assist with applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Unlawful Presence Waivers while supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
  • We assist refugees, immigrants and other qualified individuals with a range of other routine immigration matters, such as employment authorization, travel documents and document replacement.  
  • We assist with Temporary Protected Status and Diversity Visa Lottery applications.

We are grateful to count on the support of The Grove Foundation, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and more than 18 funders across the U.S. in advancing citizenship and immigration services at the IRC. 

The IRC also provides a wide range of support to refugees resettling in the U.S.

Which IRC offices provide immigration services?

Immigration and citizenship services are available at the following IRC offices:

Abilene, TX •  Atlanta, GA •  Baltimore, MD •  Boise, ID •  Charlottesville, VA •  Dallas, TX •  Denver, CO •  Elizabeth, NJ •  Los Angeles, CA •  Missoula, MT •  New York, NY •  Northern California (Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, Turlock) •  Phoenix, AZ •  Richmond, VA •  Salt Lake City, UT •  San Diego, CA •  Seattle, WA (SeaTac, WA) •  Silver Spring, MD •  Tucson, AZ •  Wichita, KS

How can I help?

Volunteers and interns play an integral role in the IRC's efforts to provide quality comprehensive immigration services to refugees and other immigrants. IRC offices across the U.S. each offer a variety of volunteer and internship opportunities throughout the year, including assistance with English as a second language (ESL) and civics classes. 

Learn more about volunteer opportunities and internships.

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