Moving Forward Together

Immigration

DISASTER RELIEF ASSISTANCE FOR IMMIGRANTS (DRAI)

The DRAI Project is a one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19.

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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.

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“Thank you for helping me through this process and making me feel that a better life is possible.”

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!

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.

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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, from May through July. Classes are FREE and available for all English levels. The classes will occur in an online video conference at 5:00 pm, twice a week for ten weeks, starting May 7th. 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:

  • 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:
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Download Farsi >>
Download Somali >>
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MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

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

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