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.”
You can help ensure San Diego remains a welcoming place for those in search of a safer life—free from violence and persecution with a gift to JFS’s Welcome the Stranger Fund.
For more information visit the San Diego Rapid Response Network website at rapidresponsesd.org.
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:
For up-to-date information on DACA, click here.
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.
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.
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