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.”
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].
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.
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. Enrollment is open for the first two weeks!
For general information about citizenship classes, contact Paulina Bermudez at (858) 637-3364 or [email protected].
Registration for classes is offered in the first two weeks of classes! Please contact the individual libraries to see if you can pre-register. Our upcoming classes are listed below:
San Marcos Library
2 Civic Center Dr. San Marcos, 92069
Starts: April 8
Schedule: Tuesdays/Wednesdays 6–8pm
Casa de Oro Library
9805 Campo Rd. Spring Valley, 91977
Starts: April 10
Schedule: Wed/Fri 10:30am–12:30pm
La Mesa Library
8074 Allison Ave. La Mesa, 91942
Starts: April 9
Schedule: Tues/Thurs 5:30–7:30pm
South Chula Vista Library
389 Orange Ave. Chula Vista, 91911
Starts: October 22–December 19
Schedule: Tues/Thurs 5:30–7:30 pm
National City Library
1401 National City Blvd. National City, 91950
Starts: October 17–December 19
Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:30-7:30 pm
Logan Heights Library
567 S 28th St, San Diego, CA 92113
Starts: October 21–December 19
Schedule: Mondays/Thursdays 4–6 pm
New Directions Family Resource Center (Rice Elementary)
348 L St. Chula Vista, 91911
Starts: October 17–December 19
Schedule: Mondays/Thursdays 8:30–10:30 am
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.
From donating used furniture to giving a few dollars each month, there’s a part for all of us in Moving Forward Together.
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.