The immigration journey is different for everyone, and applications and petitions can be complicated. From answering questions about legal status to translating and submitting paperwork, to assisting with removal defense, we offer clear information and free or low-cost legal assistance for immigrants and their families.
“Thank you for helping me through this process and making me feel that a better life is possible.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune feature on March 26, 2021 takes an in-depth look at a day in the life of our work to receive families and adults who are coming into the United States from the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program as well as asylum seekers released by Border Patrol into San Diego. As of March 25, the SDRRN Migrant Shelter Services operated by JFS had received more than 2,000 people compared to 490 in all of February. This article illustrates our emphasis on welcoming and providing care for the most vulnerable of asylum seekers with public health as our top priority. The article captures the hopes and dreams of these families as they seek a better life.
Our team includes immigration attorneys and Department of Justice accredited representatives dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees. Together, we can help you with filing forms, applications, and petitions related to your legal and work status, as well as that of your family. We can also provide free and low-cost legal assistance to individuals and families in need of removal defense.
Pro Bono Legal Services for Families and Minors in Removal Proceedings
If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call (858) 637-3365 or email [email protected].
The Higher Education Legal Services program is a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty, at local colleges to access personalized Immigration Legal Services from highly qualified legal practitioners. JFS immigration attorneys and Department of Justice Accredited Representatives are available at local schools to provide culturally-competent, trauma-informed, and reliable expertise to the campus community.
Follow the link for more information and to learn how to schedule your appointment!
After your appointment has been scheduled, you must send the JFS Immigration Specialist a photocopy or clear picture of the following items before the consultation:
*You might qualify for an application fee waiver. A nominal fee for our services may apply.
**Additional documents may be requested.
Call our Immigration Services Program at (858) 637-3365, or email us at [email protected].
Please leave a message with your name and contact information. Our services are offered virtually/over the phone to provide for your protection from COVID-19.
Changes to the U.S. Citizenship Test
All who file their Naturalization application with USCIS on or after December 1st, 2020 are subject to additional test requirements:
On September 5, 2017, the White House directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over two and half years.
The community advisory lays out what this means for DACA recipients, those with pending applications, those who need to renew, and others.
Due to the current health crisis and library closures, Jewish Family Service is temporarily offering online citizenship classes. Classes are FREE and available for all English levels. The classes will occur in an online video conference twice a week starting October 12th. Registration will be open for the first two weeks of the course.
January 11 – March 15, 2021
Mondays/Wednesdays, starting at 10:30am
January 12 – March 16, 2021
Mondays/Wednesdays, starting at 4:30pm
January 18 – March 22, 2021
Tuesdays/Thursdays, starting at 10:30am
January 19 – March 23, 2021
Tuesdays/Thursdays starting at 5:00pm
Please note that if you are interested in attending online classes, you will need the following:
To register for the course, or if you would like more information regarding online classes, please contact Paulina Bermudez at (858) 637-3364 or [email protected].
Classes are funded through the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services grant, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. Per grant requirements, Jewish Family Service is required to maintain a physical copy (picture or photocopy) of potential student’s Green Card. Jewish Family Service follows strict confidentiality guidelines and DOES NOT share personal information with third parties, only directly reporting to the Department of Homeland Security. Jewish Family Service maintains strict codes of conduct with staff and volunteers teaching citizenship classes.
It’s important for everyone to know their rights if approached by an immigration (ICE) agent as well as how families can best prepare for something happening. This resource provides practical tips for things immigrant families can do now to prepare as well as information on rights everyone has in the United States, regardless of immigration status.
HELS is a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty, at local colleges to access personalized Immigration Legal Services from highly qualified legal practitioners.
We are thankful for the compassionate volunteers who give their time to help families take the life-changing step of attaining citizenship. If you’d like to get involved, get in touch.
JFS is a proud member and legal partner of the San Diego Rapid Response Network. Together, we stand ready to respond to the needs of vulnerable immigrants and their families.
Jewish Family Service is a core partner in the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN). The SDRRN is a coalition of human rights and service organizations, attorneys, and community leaders dedicated to aiding immigrants and their families in the San Diego border region. To learn more about the SDRRN’s efforts, including a shelter to help migrant families, please visit www.rapidresponsesd.org.