Immigrant Services


To be the premier non-profit provider of immigration services in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Statement of Purpose

To foster family reunification, economic empowerment, political participation, and social integration by providing low-cost, high quality immigration services that enable eligible immigrants to obtain legal immigrant or citizenship status.

Our Credentials

  • Recognized by the US Department of Justice since 1982

  • Affiliated with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) since 1987

  • Member of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium and the San Diego Citizenship Collaborative

Our Services

Our program processes the following immigration applications at nominal fees:

  • Adjustment of Status

  • Family Visa Petitions

  • Consular Processing

  • Domestic Violence Cases (VAWA)

  • Fee Waivers

  • Legal Permanent Resident Card Renewal

  • Affidavit of Support

  • T and U Visas

  • Travel Document

  • Employment Authorization

  • Citizenship and Naturalization

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA

  • FOIA Requests

  • Removal Defense

    • Non-Detained Clients

    • Detained Clients in San Diego and Imperial Counties

    • Bond Hearings

    • Unaccompanied Minors

Our offices also offer the following ancillary services:

  • Consultations

  • Translations

  • Passport-style Photographs

Citizenship & Naturalization

Assisting eligible legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens.

Catholic Charities has assisted over 35,000 persons become US citizens in the past 30 years. As a member of the San Diego Citizenship Collaborative (SDCC), Catholic Charities has helped over 1,500 eligible permanent residents apply for citizenship.

Citizenship services include:

  • Free weekly information sessions at our Chula Vista location

  • Assessments on citizenship and fee waiver eligibility

  • Low-cost one-on-one appointments with an Accredited Department of Justice Representative

Citizenship Requirements:

  • Be a Lawful Permanent Resident for at least 5 years OR 3 years if married to a U.S. Citizen

  • Have been physically living in the U.S. continuously for the last 5 years

  • Be of good moral character

  • Be able to speak, read and write basic English

  • Be able to pass a civics test on U.S. history and government

You may be eligible to take the Citizenship test in your native language if:

  • You are at least 50 years old and have at least 20 years as a Permanent Resident; or

  • You are at least 55 years old and have at least 15 years as a Permanent Resident; or

  • You are at least 65 years old and have at least 20 years as a Permanent Resident

How To Contact

San Diego

4575 B Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA 92120
619 287-1270
(Arabic, Spanish, Russian & Ukrainian)

walk in schedule:

Effective 2/1/2020

Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Both days will have Spanish-speaking DOJ Representatives to assist clients with consultations.

South Bay

293 H Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
619 498-0722


St. Francis Catholic Church : 525 W Vista Way, Vista CA 92083 (Parish Office)
619 287-1270

walk in schedule:

Effective 2/1/2020

Thursdays only from 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Imperial County

250 West Orange Avenue, El Centro, CA 92243
760 370-3914

For questions, email us at: