Moving Forward Together

Immigration

Legal assistance and support for immigrants and their families.

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.”

Take the Next Step

For more information visit the San Diego Rapid Response Network website at rapidresponsesd.org.

“At San Diego migrant shelter, support for arriving asylum seekers is around-the-clock effort”

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.

READ MORE >>

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HOW WE HELP

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.

REMOVAL DEFENSE

Pro Bono Legal Services for Families and Minors in Removal Proceedings

  • Legal consultations to analyze each client’s case and identify potential forms of immigration relief.
  • Legal representation of immigrants before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) / Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call (858) 637-3365 or email [email protected].

Higher Education Legal Services

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!

Naturalization

What We Do

  • Provide an in-depth screening to determine eligibility for naturalization
  • Provide representation for naturalization services if you are eligible
  • Assist you in preparing for the citizenship interview, English and civics tests with USCIS
  • Upon eligibility determination and confirmation of legal representation, we will complete and file your application for naturalization or application for certificate of citizenship

 

Benefits of Obtaining Citizenship

  • Protects you from losing your lawful status in the United States
  • Protects you and your family from possible deportation
  • Grants you the right to vote and be represented
  • Allows you to bring immediate family members to the U.S. faster than as a green card holder
  • Allows you to travel with a U.S. passport freely, to any country, for any desired length of time

 

Documents to Have Ready

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:

  • Green Card (front and back)
  • Social Security Card (front)
  • Drivers License or CA Identification Card (front)
  • Most recent tax document filed

*You might qualify for an application fee waiver. A nominal fee for our services may apply.
**Additional documents may be requested.

 

Make An Appointment

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.

Download Naturalization Informational Flyer >>

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:

  • Applicants must now study 128 civic questions (previously 100 questions)
  • Applicants will be asked 20 civics questions (previously 10 questions)
  • Applicants must answer at least 12 out of 20 questions correctly to pass the test (previously 6 out of 10)

PREPARING IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION DOCUMENTS

Adjustment of Status

  • Green (permanent resident) cards (family-based, refugees, asylees, replacement green cards)
  • Family reunification (petitioning for a relative to come to the U.S. or to stay in the U.S.)
  • Affidavit of support

 

Administrative Relief/DACA

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and DACA renewals

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.

Download English >>
Download Spanish >>

 

Other Immigration Services

  • Travel document applications
  • Work authorization applications
  • Notary services
  • Fee waivers for various USCIS applications

 

Naturalization

  • N-400 applications (application for Citizenship)
  • N-600 applications (application for Citizen Certification)

CITIZENSHIP CLASSES & TUTORING

New Online Citizenship Classes

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.

Class #1

January 11 – March 15, 2021
Mondays/Wednesdays, starting at 10:30am

 

Class #2

January 12 – March 16, 2021
Mondays/Wednesdays, starting at 4:30pm

Class #3

January 18 – March 22, 2021
Tuesdays/Thursdays, starting at 10:30am

 

Class #4

January 19 – March 23, 2021
Tuesdays/Thursdays starting at 5:00pm

Course Goals:

  • Learn about the Naturalization process
  • Study the 100 Civics and U.S. History questions
  • Prepare for your interview with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Receive Naturalization eligibility screening from a JFS Immigration Specialist
  • Connect with other individuals and families working through the same process!

Please note that if you are interested in attending online classes, you will need the following:

  • An active email account
  • Comfortable using online video conferencing platforms

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.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS & FAMILY SAFETY PLANNING

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.

Immigration Rights (English) >>
Immigration Rights (Spanish) >>
Family Preparedness Plan (English) >>
Family Preparedness Plan (Spanish) >>

Please print the following “Know Your Rights Cards” and carry them with you at all times:
Download Arabic >>
Download Farsi >>
Download Somali >>
Download Spanish >>

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

These services are provided with the help of our local and partner.

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