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.

Take the Next Step

“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 immigration@jfssd.org.

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

Jewish Family Service is proud to announce the new citizenship education partnership with San Diego County Libraries. This new partnership now offers more classes at several library branches throughout San Diego County!

All classes are FREE and available for all English levels. Citizenship applicants are tested on their knowledge of U.S history and civics, along with their ability to read, write, and speak English. For general information about citizenship classes, contact Paulina Bermudez at (858) 637-3364 or paulinab@jfssd.org.

Registration for classes is offered in the first two weeks of classes! Please contact the individual libraries to pre-register. Our upcoming classes are listed below:

Convenient days and locations. Register in class!

North County Classes

Borrego Springs Library
587 Palm Canyon Dr. #125 Borrego Springs, 92004
Schedule:  Tues/Fri 5:00-7:00pm
Begins:  1/8/19

San Marcos Library
2 Civic Center Dr. San Marcos, 92069
Schedule: Mon/Wed 6:00-8:00pm
Begins: 1/7/19

East County Classes

El Cajon Library
201 East Douglas Ave. El Cajon, 92020
Schedule: Mon/Wed 5:30- 7:30
Dates: 1/14/19

Rancho San Diego
11555 Via Rancho San Diego El Cajon, 92019
Schedule: Tues/Thur 5:30-7:30pm
Begins: 1/8/19

Casa de Oro Library
9805 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, 91977
Schedule: Tues/Thur 5:30- 7:30pm
Begins: 1/14/19

Spring Valley Library
836 Kempton St. Spring Valley, 919177
Schedule: Tues/Wed 6:00-8:00pm
Begins: 1/29/19

La Mesa Library
8074 Allison Ave. La Mesa, 91942
Schedule: Tues/Thur 5:30-7:30pm
Begins: 1/22/19

South County Classes

Chula Vista Civic Center Library
365 F St. Chula Vista, 91910
Schedule: Mon/Wed 6:00-8:00pm
Begins: 1/21/19

South Chula Vista Library
389 Orange Ave. Chula Vista, 91911
Schedule: Tues/Thurs 5:30-7:30pm
Begins: 01/15/2019

National City Library
1401 National City Blvd. National City, 91950
Schedule: Tues/Thurs 5:30-7:30pm
Begins: 2/5/19

New Directions Family Resource Center (Rice Elementary)
348 L St. Chula Vista, 91911
Schedule: Mon/Wed 8:30-10:30am
Begins: 1/14/19

Lincoln Acres Library
2725 Granger Ave. National City, 91950
Schedule: Tues/Wed 6:00-8:00pm
Begins: 1/15/19

Logan Heights Library
567 S 28th St, San Diego, CA 92113
Schedule: Tues/Wed 5:30-7:30pm
Begins: 1/22/19

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 a 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 >>

How You Can Help

Every day, we meet hardworking people who are striving to create greater opportunities for themselves and their children. From donating used furniture to giving a few dollars each month, there’s a part for all of us in Moving Forward Together.

Get Involved

Attaining citizenship can be a long and difficult journey. We are thankful for the compassionate volunteers who give their time to help families take this life-changing step. If you’d like to get involved, get in touch. Volunteers attorneys and translators are especially needed.

No One Stands Alone

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 – advocating for their safety, providing emergency assistance, and coordinating free and low-cost legal representation.

MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER

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

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