Immigrant Info / Immigration & Citizenship

The Immigration & Citizenship Section contains links to trusted immigration resources and assistance for SCC Immigrants and refugees. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

Everyone has certain basic rights, no matter who is president
11/10/16 NILC Factsheet - No matter who is president, everyone living in the U.S. has certain rights, including undocumented immigrants. If you have to deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or other law enforcement officers at home, on the street, or anywhere else, remember that you have the rights described in this factsheet. The factsheet also provides suggestions for what you should do to assert your rights. Multi-language: Hyperlink | Spanish |Traditional Chinese |Simplified Chinese | Key Words: Post-Election
ILRC Multi-language "Know Your Rights" Red Cards
All people in the US, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights. These cards can be ordered free by non-profit service providers in English/Spanish. Also available on line in: | Spanish | Chinese | Tagalog | Arabic |
ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) Changes
August 2016 Revisions to the ITIN program require some taxpayers to renew their ITINs beginning in October. ITINs that have not been used on a federal tax return at least once in the last 3 years will no longer be valid unless renewed. In addition, ITINs issued prior to 2013 that have been used on a federal tax return in the last three years will need to be renewed, and the IRS is putting in place a rolling renewal schedule to assist taxpayers. Key Words: Internal Revenue Service, IRS Multi-language: | Spanish | Vietnamese | Kreyol | Russian, Chinese, Korean
Multi-language Deportation & Detention Brochures
The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) has downloadable Deportation and Detention brochures in a variety of languages. | Chinese | Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Key Words: Post-Election Resources
Nov 2016 ILRC has offered talking points and resources for DACA recipients and applicants. President-elect Donald Trump pledged to end DACA when he becomes President. Trump will not bePresident until he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017. Until that time, DACA will remain in place and USCIS will continue to process both initial and renewal DACA requests. This resource includes details about the risks involved in applying for or renewing DACA, what the future holds, and what immigrants can do now. Languages: Spanish
Refugee Council USA
The RCUSA is a coalition of 22 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Post-Election Refugee Took Kit, Key Words:
Santa Clara County Post-Election Resource List
A list of Bay Area organizations that have come forth with post election resources and information for immigrants.
Trusted Providers of Citizenship & Immigration Legal Assistance
A listing of non-profit attorney and BIA accredited service organizations providing citizenship, immigration, and other legal assistance in Santa Clara County and Bay Area. Low cost or free assistance and Multi-language capabilities. Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, other
Trusted Service Providers for SCC Immigrants
Trusted non-profit and government organizations with resources, advocacy, information & referrals and services for immigrants in Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, other
U.S. Record Shows Refugees Are Not a Threat
10/2015 The United States has resettled 784,000 refugees since September 11, 2001. In those 14 years, exactly three resettled refugees have been arrested for planning terrorist activitiesand it is worth noting two were not planning an attack in the US and the plans of the third were barely credible.
USCIS Multi-language Citizenship and Immigration Information
Selected USCIS pages in Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Chamorro, Chinese, French, German, Haiti Creole, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Palauan, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese
University officials: Undocumented students studying abroad should return home
11-24-16 College administrators nationwide are urging undocumented immigrant students studying abroad to come home before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. If Trump makes good on his promise to cancel DACA, a controversial program that gives thousands of young, undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation, students abroad could be barred from re-entering the country, the administrators say. Key Words: Dreamers, Deferred Action, Post-Election Resources
What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Permanent Residents Who Aren't Citizens by Inauguration Day
Though permanent residents have secured the legal right to live in the United States, theyre not citizenswhich means they do not have the full protections available to citizens, such as the right to vote, travel freely, obtain a U.S. passport or help relatives gain legal status. Most significantly, perhaps, documented immigrants are not granted full protection from deportation. Will their status become more precarious under an administration that has made no secret of its aversion to foreigners?
iAmerica DACA Post-Election Update
Its too early to know exactly what changes will take place after January 20, 2017. But we know that President-elect Trump has promised to cancel every executive action issued by President Obama, including immigration executive actions, on his first day in office. That means that the 740,000+ people who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) need information to make important decisions. Here is information that will help you make decisions about DACA between now and January 20, 2017. Stay informed and keep checking as this information may change if President-elect Trump makes new announcements.
10 Facts About U.S. Refugee Resettlement
10/2015 The US, which runs the world's largest refugee resettlement program, is being called upon to welcome more Syrian refugees as Europe struggles to absorb huge flows of asylum seekers and migrants from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and elsewhere. As of October 2015, the United States had resettled approximately 2,000 Syrian refugees since the start of civil war in Syria in 2011.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
ILRC is a national, non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. The site contains information for immigrants, advocates and attorneys, on Deferred Action for Immigrant Youth, Know Your Rights, VAWA, the Dream Act, Citizenship and Immigration, and Immigration Fraud Awareness. | Know Your Rights Red Cards available in English and Spanish. Post-Election Resources
My Undocumented Life
Our mission at My (Un)Documented Life is to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. We post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA/Advanced Parole, news on DAPA, and much more. Most importantly, we want to provide a sense of community to our diverse group of readers. Spanish
New USCIS Fee Schedule Effective December 23, 2016
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adjusting the fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after December 23, 2016 must include the new fee.
Self-Help Federal Credit Union
Self-Help FCU's mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all. Providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across California, Florida, Illinois, Citizenship Loan is an affordable way to cover the cost of the naturalization application. DACA Loan is an affordable way to cover the cost of the deferred action application and start building a positive credit history. Avoid high-cost predatory loans, like payday loans. Spanish
The Truth About Young Immigrants and DACA by Janet Napolitano
11/30/16 NY Times - While much has been made about our incoming president possibly eliminating DACA with his own swift pen stroke, there has been scant attention paid to the careful, rational and lawful reasons for creating the program, which, especially now that its future is in doubt, merit a closer look. Key Words: Deferred Action, Dreamers
USCIS Citizenship Resource Center
USCIS Multilingual One Stop site with information for Immigrants, Teachers and Advocates.Information in English, | Arabic | Chinese | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog |Vietnamese | Part of a USCIS Public Awareness Education drive. Key Words: Multi-language, Instructor Resource, Student Resource,
Unauthorized Immigrants with Criminal Convictions: Who Might Be a Priority for Removal?
11-16 Migration Policy Report - There has been much interestand confusionin recent days regarding the number of unauthorized immigrants who could be deported because of criminal records when the Trump administration takes charge. Key Words: Undocumented, Illegal, immigration
ACLU Know Your Rights Booklet
The ACLU's Know Your Rights booklet provides effective and useful guidance in a user-friendly question and answer format. The booklet addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. This booklet is for citizens and non-citizens with extra information for non-citizens in a separate section. This free booklet is available for download in English, Spanish|, French , Arabic , Farsi , Urdu and American Sign Language video |. An older (2003) version of the booklet is available in Hindi , Punjabi , Somali . Key Words: Deaf, Hard of Hearing
Asian Law Alliance (ALA)
A community law office established in 1977 to provide individual legal assistance, community legal education, and community advocacy for the Asian Pacific American population of Santa Clara County. Legal Immigration and Citizenship services. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Multi-language: Vetnamese, Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Tagalog, and Korean.
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Citizenship services provided in English and Spanish, including assessment of eligibility, application assistance, interview preparation, and referrals to English and citizenship classes at offices in San Jose and Gilroy. Catholic Charities also provides resettlement and retraining services for refugees and asylees including computer classes and ESL. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Many other free and sliding scale social programs for children, adults and seniors. | Directory of Social Services | Multi-language
Center for Employment Training (CET) Immigration Service
With the support of volunteers and collaborative partners, the Immigration and Citizenship Program is able to provide services in over 20 languages. Full-time staff speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. ICP offers immigration legal, citizenship, and English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance. Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: Vocational Education Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration
Dept of Justice List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers
The List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers or the List (formerly known as the List of Free Legal Services Providers) is provided to individuals in immigration proceedings. The List contains information on non-profit organizations and attorneys who have committed to providing at least 50 hours per year of pro bono legal services before the immigration court location where they appear on the List.
Forms of Identification for Undocumented Immigrants
Alternative identification cards can enable immigrants to enjoy great benefits other residents also enjoy and they can help facilitate their abilities to cooperate with local law enforcement in resolving crimes and other safety concerns. Description of various types of ID available and accepted in different cities and states. Provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
IRC (International Rescue Committee)
Providing Immigration legal services, legal consultations, relative visa petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, employment authorization, affidavit of support, removal of conditional residence, refugee travel documents, naturalization, alien registration card replacement, freedom of information act request, document authenticity, information and referral. Multi-language: French, Laotian, Persian, Thai, Vietnamese, Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Assyrian, Arabic.
ITIN - The Facts about the Individual Tax Identification Number
The Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure that people  including unauthorized immigrants  pay taxes even if they do not have a Social Security number and regardless of their immigration status. ITINs allow the IRS to bring in billions of dollars the federal government otherwise would have no way of collecting. This fact sheet explains what ITINs are, who has them, and the purposes for which they are used.
NCSL Immigration Law Enactments Searchable Database
NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) tracks and reports on state laws and resolutions that address legal immigrants, migrant and seasonal workers, refugees and unauthorized immigrants. Database of Immigration Laws and Current State Immigration Legislation searchable by state, topic, or year.
Project SHINE (Students Helping In the Naturalization of Elders)
Project SHINE at San Jose State University is an intergenerational and intercultural community learning program. SHINE links community learning students with older immigrants and refugees seeking to learn English and navigate the complex path to U.S. citizenship. In community centers, and other selected sites students tutor elders in English and computer literacy, helping them become more actively engaged in their communities, and teach the U.S. history and civics needed to pass the citizenship exam.
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - July 2016
Santa Clara County's Office of Immigration newsletter includes articles about the Supreme Court Deadlock on DAPA & DACA+, Immigrant Heritage Month in June, Improvements to CA Health Care Access, 24th Annual World Refugee Day celebration in SCC, and the SCC Reaction to New Wave of Immigration Raids
San Jose Immigration Resource Page
2015 - The recent changes to immigration policy have prompted the City of San Jose to work collaboratively with the County of Santa Clara and community based organizations to ensure that our immigrant community receives accurate and timely information about President Obamas executive order. Here you will find information about organizations equipped to serve you and a list of informational events in San Jose. Key Words: SJ OIR
Services, Immigration Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
SIREN provides free and sliding scale citizenship, legalization and advocacy services to the immigrant community in Santa Clara County, CA. General Phone (408) 453-3003. Immigrant Q&A Line: Spanish: (408) 453-3017, English & Vietnamese: (408) 453-3013 Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration
USCIS - San Jose Office
Information about the location, hours and services available at the San Jose Office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Replaced INS). Serves the following counties: Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey. Multi-Lingual: | Spanish |
SCC Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) Newsletter - December 2016
Information and articles: Post Presidential Elections Update on DACA, IRS Changes to ITINs, Immigrant Demographics, Highlighting Immigrant Stories: Mehran Kamkar's Story, Impacts of Payday Loans to Immigrant Communities
A Creative Plea From Immigrants and a Ticking Clock for Obama
12/20/16 NY Times - Confronting a tight deadline and armed with a creative legal argument, immigration advocates have made a final plea to President Obama to shield up to 200,000 legal immigrants with minor criminal records from deportation. Key Words: Pardon, Immigration Law
Citizenship Works
Contains information and tools to help immigrants determine their eligibility for citizenship and understand the naturalization process.
Coalition Against Payday Lenders
The Coalition Against Payday Predators (CAPP) is a collaboration of community-based organizations working to limit the reckless financial practices of payday lenders in Santa Clara County. CAPP supports local payday lending controls ordinances that will stop further proliferation of payday lenders in cities in SCC and pave the way for better consumer lending alternatives. Information and Resources in English and Spanish. Key Words: Loan, credit
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is Americas largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Key Words: Muslim, SCC, Post-Election Resources Offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara
DMV licensed 800,000 undocumented immigrants under 2-year-old law
12/28/16 SJ Mercury News - On the day that California officials implemented a controversial law that allows undocumented residents to obtain drivers licenses, DMV offices throughout the state were packed with immigrants looking to take advantage of the opportunity. Two years later, on Jan. 1, 2015, an estimated 806,000 undocumented residents have received drivers licenses, according to Department of Motor Vehicles statistics this month.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Payday Loans but Were Afraid to Ask
10/5/16 Article by Talk Poverty/ - Payday loans are advertised as quick and easy loans that borrowers can repay when their next paycheck comes around. The interest rates are so highoften 400% and above, compared to about 16% on the average credit cardthat borrowers cannot afford to pay back the loan and the vast majority of loans80%are rolled over or followed by an additional loan within just two weeks. The result is that borrowers wind up in debt.
FACTR (Family Alliance for Counseling Tools and Resolution)
Multi-cultural service, research and training center for the benefit of intergenerational immigrant families experiencing stress in their new environment. Provides counseling, psycho- educational services and cultural awareness programs for newcomer families and their children, regarding state Laws pertaining to Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Educational, Immigration and other areas. Nominal fees for services may be charged based on income. Multi-language: Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Advocacy, Mental Health
Informed Immigrant
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, millions of documented and undocumented immigrants face increased uncertainty around their status in the United States. Immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country have banded together and pooled resources to help immigrants and their allies obtain the current best-known information and guidance. | Spanish |
Mexican Consulate Immigration Reform Hotline
Jun 2013. To prevent immigration fraud, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico has developed a project called "Centro de Informacion sobre Actualidad Migratoria or CIAM", who will basically give information about the status of the immigration reform and refer the callers to the services provided locally, with information provided by every Consulate of Mexico. Information is available 24/7 (only in Spanish).
USCIS - Citizen and Immigration Services
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. |Spanish| Multi-Lingual
USCIS Citizen-Immigration Service Ombudsman
2015. The Office of the USCIS Ombudsman is dedicated to improving the quality of citizenship and immigration services delivered to the public by providing individual case assistance, as well as making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration benefits by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Welcome to the United States - New Updated Version
Nov. 2015. USCIS has published an updated Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. Available in 14 languages: | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | French | Haitian Creole | Korean | Portuguese | Russian | Somali | Tagalog | Urdu | Vietnamese |
New Americans Campaign (NAC)
The New Americans Campaign is a nonpartisan, national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders. We are streamlining access to naturalization services, so that greater numbers of qualified permanent residents take the critical step to becoming American citizens. The campaign is focused on assisting the 8 million lawful permanent residents who already qualify for citizenship. | June 2016 Impact Report |