Immigrant Services

Citizenship & Naturalization 

On July 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Office announced that it will be increasing its naturalization application filing fees from $725.00 to $1,200.00 on October 2, 2020.

In order to save money, we strongly encourage eligible legal permanent residents to start their application process immediately. Click on the tabs below to register for application assistance:

 

 

                             For questions or assistance with registration, please call 619-287-1270 ext. 2107.

                                           Please leave a voicemail if you reach the answering machine.

 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
    • NOTE: if applicant is not eligible to take Civics test in their native language
  • Be able to pass a civics test on U.S. history and government

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Vision

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
(Spanish)

vista

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

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
(Spanish)


For questions, email us at: immhelp@ccdsd.org