ALLIES Immigrant Integration Goal

3. Credentials & Residency

Obtaining Credentials and Residency is a goal for many immigrants seeking documentation, work permits, or U.S. citizenship. It can also be a critical step towards achieving other goals that require one to possess a specific status, credential or other document.

The resources listed below are organizations and other information in support of this goal.

5/19 Update PROPOSED CHANGES TO PUBLIC CHARGE: ANALYSIS and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
May 2019 Update from Protecting Immigrant Families: On 10/10/18, the DHS posted a proposed public charge regulation in the Federal Register, and asked the public to submit comments by 12/10/18. If the regulation is finalized in its proposed form, it would mark a significant and harmful departure from the current policy. For over 100 years, the government has recognized that work supports like health care, nutrition and housing assistance help families thrive and remain productive. And decades ago, the government clarified that immigrant families can seek health care, nutrition and housing assistance without fear that doing so will harm their immigration cases. If this rule is finalized, we can no longer offer that assurance. Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3

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A New America
Working with traditionally challenged communities, which include new Americans (new citizens, refugees and immigrants), women, minorities and low to moderate income households, to empower them to make  their American dream a reality while contributing to the economic growth and social capital of their communities. Offices in Berkeley, San Jose and Oakland, CA Key Words: Education, Immigrant Integration, ALLIES3

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African Advocacy Network (AAN)
AAN offers immigration legal services for African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants working towards securing a legal status and beyond in the USA. Adjustment of status, Family petition, Consular Processing, VAWA, U-Visa,Citizenship & naturalization, Work Permit, Asylum applicants, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and removal defense. Multi-language Translation & Interpretation, Serving: San Francisco, Marin, the East Bay, SCC, Santa Clara County, South Bay and the Greater Bay Areas. Key Words: Trusted Resource List, ALLIES3

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Amigos de Guadalupe
Amigos addresses inequities through community organizing and advocacy, direct social service. and education: including legal clinics, family based petitions, Citizenship applications, DACA Renewals, Amigos ESL & Citizenship Classes , Know Your Rights workshops, emergency family plans, after-school and summer programming for young children /youth, and scholarships for new and continuing college students, Key Words: KYR, Financial Aid, Immigration, RRN Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES3, ALLIES4, ALLIES5, ALLIES7

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Appeals court finds Trump administration’s move to end DACA ‘arbitrary and capricious’
5/17/19 A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Trump administration had been “arbitrary and capricious” in its bid to end an Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. -- In a 2-to-1 decision, the court said the government had failed to “give a reasoned explanation for the change in policy, particularly given the significant” interests involved, according to the majority opinion written by Judge Albert Diaz and joined by Judge Robert King. Key Words: ALLIES3

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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: Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Tagalog, Korean. and other languages as needed. Key Words: Refugee, Housing, Domestic Violence, Civil Rights, Public Benefits, DACA, SCC OIR List, ALLIES3, RIF

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Bay Area Legal Aid
Free civil legal services that help overcome legal barriers to life's basics. Serving children, disadvantaged families, frail seniors, domestic violence survivors and persons with disabilities. Immigration services include SIJS Adjustments and U-Visas. Unaccompanied Minors. BIA Accredited Non-Profit Legal LEGAL ADVICE LINE 800-551-5554 Multi-Language: Cantonese Chinese, English, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese Serving Santa Clara County| | San Mateo County| Alameda County| San Francisco County| Contra Costa County| Marin County| Napa County| SCC OIR List

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Bay Area immigrant families prepare for ICE raids with emergency plans
3/3/18 The plans include details on everything from who will look after their children and their pets if they're detained to what they'll do with their homes, what clothes they'll pack and where they'll stow emergency cash and important documents. It's a phenomenon that's become increasingly common amongst Dreamers and undocumented families as they prepare for the unrelenting immigration enforcement that ICE has promised in the nation's only sanctuary state. Key Words: Rapid Response, RRN, ALLIES3

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Beyond Deferred Action: Long-term Immigration Remedies Young Undocumented Immigrants Should Know Abo
Immigrants Rising Guide to the 6 most common legal remedies for Dreamers. DACA is a temporary, discretionary program that could be changed at any time. DREAMers should take this opportunity to consider other longer-term options, and pursue them as appropriate. And for those who do not have DACA, it might offer an alternative. This guide is not intended as legal advice. Links to legal resources are included. Key Words: Asylum, VAWA (or Violence Against Women Act), U Visa Nonimmigrant Status, T Visa Nonimmigrant Status, Family-Based Immigration, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Parole-in-Place, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents, LPR, ALLIES3

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Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Citizenship services provided in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, including assessment of eligibility, application assistance, interview preparation, ESL and citizenship classes at offices in San Jose and Gilroy. CC provides resettlement and retraining services for refugees and asylees. Deferred Action (DACA), Foster Youth, Unaccompanied Minors, Disaster Casework. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration and CADRE Many other free and sliding scale social programs for children, adults and seniors. Food, Health Care, Mental Health, House Sharing. Multi-language https://www.facebook.com/WorkingToEndPoverty/?ref=ts Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, ALLIES4, ALLIES7, RIF

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Catholic Immigration Legal Clinic
Resources including manuals, handbooks, blogs, and other information to expand delivery of legal services to indigent and low-income immigrants. Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. Key Words: ALLIES3

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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. Staff is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: ALLIES3, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration, SCC OIR List, https://www.facebook.com/CetImmigrationCitizenshipProgram/

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Centro de Ayuda Legal para Inmigrantes (CALI)
Services: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DAPA, Employment authorization, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions. Languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog Key Words: ALLIES3

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Civics Test Updates
1/1/19 On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or appointments. As you study for the test, make sure that you know the most current answers to the following questions: 20, 23, 28, 29, 39, 40, 43, 46 and 47. Answer the questions regarding elected or appointed officials with the name of the official who is serving at the time of your naturalization interview with USCIS. * If you are 65 years old or older and have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you may study just the questions that have been marked with an asterisk. Key Words: Citizenship, ALLIES3

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Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)
Specializing in immigration, housing, workers' rights, records clearance, and consumer protection. Offices in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Francisco and Burlingame. Spanish Key Words:ALLIES3, SCC OIR Legal Provider List

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Consulado General de Mexico
In addition to information and guidance, the Consulate supports Mexican Citizens with paperwork to obtain registration, passport, national military service card, declaration of nationality, birth certificates, marriage and death; household goods, transfer of human remains and visas. Likewise, the Consulate General of Mexico Department of Protection, supports cultural, educational, commercial and tourist programs to benefit Mexican communities in the US. Key Words: International, ALLIES3 Multi-language: Spanish & Indigenious Serving Counties of: Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito

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Cordell: Santa Clara County must keep sanctuary policy intact
4/2/19 Under the county’s “civil detainer” procedure, a warrant issued by a judge must precede delivery of an arrestee to ICE. This common sense policy furthers trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement, because witnesses and victims of crimes within our immigrant population are willing to step forward to cooperate with police departments, and that benefits us all. Indeed, a UCSD professor recently found that 60% of undocumented immigrants are less likely to report crimes they witnessed when local law enforcement cooperates with ICE. Key Words: Deportation, SCC, ALLIES3

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CuidadoDeSalud.gov
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled CuidadodeSalud.gov, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Latino, Insurance, ALLIES3

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DACA Rescinded - Updated SCC OIR Flyer
1/24/18 Update from the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations - Frequently Asked Questions on DACA Termination and the Court Injunction Key Words: Deferred Action, ALLIES3

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Human Agenda CLARO Project
Since 2015, CLARO is a legal collective that provides free accessible immigration consultations and legal services for low-income immigrants. immigration legal services, deportation defense, political asylum, post-conviction relief, expungement applications. asylum, cancellation of removal, and more. Multi-language: Spanish, Farsi

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IRC (International Rescue Committee) - San Jose
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. Member SCC Citizenship Collaboration. Multi-language: French, Laotian, Persian, Thai, Vietnamese, Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Assyrian, Arabic. Key Words: Refugee, RIF, ALLIES3

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Immigrants Who Use Legal Marijuana Can Be Denied Citizenship for ‘Lacking Good Moral Character’
4/24/19 Under a new guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), immigrants may find themselves barred from obtaining citizenship if they possess or use marijuana—even if doing so is legal where they live. To be eligible to become a naturalized citizen, an immigrant must demonstrate they had “good moral character” for the past five years before filing their application. But the law presumes that a person does not have “good moral character” if they have committed any violations of controlled substance laws. This is the case even if they were never arrested or convicted. There is an exception for those with a “single offense of simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana.”

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Immigration Options for Undocumented Immigrant Children
8/18 A collection of one-page fact sheets fro ILRC on: *Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) * Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) * U Visa * Trafficking Visa (T Visa) * Asylum * Temporary Protected Status (TPS) * Family Visas * Conditional Permanent Residence * Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) * Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal Advocates should only use these fact sheets for quick reference. Please consult with an immigration expert before filing any applications for relief with USCIS. Key Words: Legal, ALLIES3

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Immigration Services of Mt. View
ISMV is a small non-profit organization, providing low cost services focused on family-based immigration law with an emphasis on helping victims of domestic violence or other serious crime and students who dream of legalizing their status in the US. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Women, Education, DACA, DAPA. ALLIES3 SCC OIR List

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Jewish Family & Children's Services (JFCS)
Programs for adults, seniors, youth, children, refugees, emegres. Immigration, ESL and Citizenship assistance, financial assistance. Educational Scholarships and Loans Offices in Palo Alto, San Mateo, San Francisco, San Rafael, and Santa Rosa Key Words: Counties of Sonoma, Marin, San Mateo, SF, and Santa Clara, SCC, Koret, LGBT, Domestic Violence, Hospice, Counseling, Emergency Assistance Key Words: ALLIES2, ALLIES3, ALLIES5

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Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center
Provides pro bono advice and representation in several areas including: Consumer Law, Immigration Law, Workers' Rights, Tenants Rights, Community Workshops, Low Income Tax Clinic, Advice Clinics Multi-language Workshops: English, Spanish, Vietnamese

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Know Your Rights: AB 60 Driver's License in an Era of Resistance
2/17 Whether to apply for an AB 60 drivers license or not is a personal decision. More than ever, new AB 60 applicants will need to weigh the benefits and risks of not driving, driving without a license, and applying for an AB 60 license. This is because applying for and obtaining a license will place your name and address in the DMV records, which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is able to access when it is looking for a particular person. Key Words: ACLU, KYR, ALLIES3 Spanish | Asian language FAQ's provided by CIPC: Vietnamese | Chinese | Tagalog | Korean | Pakistani | Cambodian | Tongan | Fijano | Thai |

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Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
The Law Foundation is a non-profit agency that provides free legal services to Silicon Valley individuals in need. Our services are available through five programs: Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, Health Legal Services, Fair Housing Law Project, Mental Health Advocacy Project, and Public Interest Law Firm. Spanish Key Words: domestic violence; family law, and guardianships for youth; special education; housing law; health legal services, ALLIES3,

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Legal Aid Society
LAS provides free, civil legal services for those low-income persons unable to obtain access to the judicial system through other avenues. Community members provided with the needed tools to advocate for themselves and to lead more independent lives. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Advocacy, Bay Area Non-Profit Key Word: ALLIES3

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Mission Asset Fund Immigration Programs
For those eligible to apply for Citizenship, Adjustment of status, green card or Temporary Protected Status renewal, MAF offering 0% loans that cover the cost of the USCIS filing fees. Also, 0% interest social loans thru Lending Circles for any purpose, and Business expansion loans with financial education and support, Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, Credit

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Pangea Legal Services
Services: low fee and free full-scope legal representation to immigrants in both detained and non-detained immigration court proceedings.  We focus on deportation defense; Key Words: ALLIES3 Multi-Language: Spanish, English, Farsi, French, German, Persian, Portuguese Offices in Milpitas and San Francisco

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Prerna
Prerna2Inspire ia a non-profit organization focused on the humanitarian efforts of enabling refugee families from conflict countries across the globe the opportunity to lead a sustainable life on arrival in the US. Prerna supports enrollment in education at all levels, as well as homework aid, ESL Classes and career Planning. Employment search assistance. (Officially established as a Non-Profit Corp in July 2015.) Key Words: Professional, RIF

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SF CAIRS (San Francisco Coalition of Asylee, Immigrant, and Refugee Services)
SF-CAIRS is a multidisciplinary coalition of 20 organizations serving the San Francisco Bay Area asylee, immigrant and refugee community and its service providers. Providing employment, immigration, health care, benefits application, domestic violence, legal asst, educational and vocational training, employment, housing, ESL, Interpretation and other support services. Expanding resource knowledge among service providers about health, employment, social, education and legal services for recent refugees, political asylees and immigrants in the SF Bay Area. The national HQ is located in Washington DC. Key Words: Muslim, SCC, KYR, Know Your Rights, LGBT, ALLIES3 Offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Multi-language: Arabic , Farsi , Somali , Urdu

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San Jose Library Virtual Privacy Lab
Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs. Toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity. Email or print your privacy toolkit for future use. Available to the public. | Spanish | Vietnamese | Key Words: ALLIES3

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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: English & Spanish: (408) 453-3017, English & Vietnamese: (408) 453-3013 Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Multi-language, Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Key Words: Know Your Rights (KYR), DACA, VAWA,

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Step Forward Foundation
Services: Low cost immigration representation to families and victims of violence. Our services include legal counseling on eligibility for immigration benefits, as well as full scope representation for social justice and family based petitions. Free legal clinics every Monday and Wednesday in Morgan Hill. Advice to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Appointment Necessary. BIA Accredited Non-Profit Legal Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: ALLIES3

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Supreme Court Declines to Take Up DACA Cases This Term
1-22-19 The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected the Trump administration’s attempts to rush a review of legal challenges to the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, this spring. The Court will meet again on February 15 to discuss the possibility of hearing the cases later this year. For now, three federal district courts’ orders allowing DACA recipients to submit renewal applications remain in effect. Key Words: ALLIES3

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Trump administration proposal would make it easier to deport immigrants who use public benefits
5/3/19 The Trump administration is considering reversing long-standing policy to make it easier to deport U.S. legal permanent residents who have used public benefits, part of an effort to restrict immigration by low-income people. The full possible impact is not known, but the change in policy could affect permanent residents - also known as “green card” holders - who are legally entitled to use public benefits soon after their arrival in the United States, such as refugees. Key Words: ALLIES3

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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. Key Words: ALLIES3 Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, other.

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USCIS You-Tube Channel
Hundreds of short videos with instructions, explanations or examples for the CIVICS test, the Citizenship Interview, and various forms and procedures. Key Words: Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees, Naturalization, ALLIES3

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Upwardly Global
Highly qualified immigrant professionals want to rebuild their careers here in the U.S., but they're not familiar with the American way to job search. We are a nonprofit organization that helps highly-skilled immigrants, refugees and asylees reclaim their careers here in the United States and helps American employers discover and understand this hidden talent pool. Professional Licensing Guides | Offices in San Francisco and San Jose, CA English Flyer | Spanish Flyer | Russian Flyer | Chinese Flyer | Portuguese Flyer | Key Words: Employment, Career, Professional, Allies3, RIF

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