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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.

Supreme Court upholds DACA, but the program is still in jeopardy

  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to block the Trump Administration’s attempted termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a victory for hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients.

  • DACA recipients, or Dreamers, are valued members of our families, schools, workplaces, and communities. Some 200,000 DACA recipients are front-line workers integral to America’s COVID-19 response.

  • The IRC will continue to provide direct immigration legal representation on behalf of more than 2,000 individual DACA recipients, alongside ‘Know Your Rights’ workshops, and advocate for a pathway to permanent residency and citizenship for all Dreamers.

  • Although DACA continues today, the program is still in jeopardy. A permanent solution is needed to ensure security and stability for the more than 825,000 DACA recipients and millions of undocumented immigrants who call this country home.

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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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