Immigrant Services

YOU can make a difference by donating $495.00 to cover the application fees of a future “Dreamer” living in San Diego or Imperial County, often the only place they know and identify as home. If you are not able to donate $495.00 at this time, any amount you can contribute will be a big help for someone seeking to submit their DACA application for the first time. Click on the link to the right to learn and support DACA!

Want to know more information about applying for citizenship or emergency planning in the event of apprehension by ICE? See our informational videos for guidance:

Click on the videos below to learn about eligibility requirements, the application process, documents required, and other important information.

Ciudadania y Naturalizacion (Video en Español)

Orientación de DACA (Video en Español)

Citizenship and Naturalization (English video)

Otros Remedios Legales (Video en Español)

Plan de Emergencia (video en Español)

When you click on a video, you will be asked for general demographic information. We are gathering this information to assess the language and immigration service needs within San Diego and Imperial Counties. Thank you.

Want to schedule an appointment? Register for an application service below:

How To Contact

San Diego

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

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)

Services in Vista are suspended indefinitely

as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

Imperial County

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

CITIZENSHIP & NATURALIZATION

For clients who at the very least have been permanent residents for at least 5 years and want to become U.S. citizens. Clients can also apply for citizenship if they are married to a U.S. citizen for at least 3 years and the spouse has been a U.S. citizen for 3 years.

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

For clients who would like to renew their DACA or obtain it for the first time. DACA renewals must be submitted to USCIS within 150 days of the DACA expiration date. Clients applying for the first time must have been under the age of 31 as of 6/15/2012 with no lawful status at the very least.

AFFIRMATIVE IMMIGRATION REMEDIES

For clients seeking to apply for family visa petitions, derivative citizenship, consular processing, adjustment of status, domestic violence cases (VAWA), T-Visas, U-Visas, and renewal of green cards.

REMOVAL DEFENSE SERVICES

For clients who are in removal proceedings and need attorney representation, detained, non-detained, and unaccompanied minors.

Resources

Download our Emergency Safety Plan Guide to learn how to prepare and predict your household when faced with a deportation. 

                             For questions or assistance with registration, please call 619-287-1270 ext. 2107. Please leave a voicemail if you reach the answering machine.

Latest Program News:

12/04/2020: As a result of a U.S. District Court decision, Catholic Charities is processing initial DACA applications once again. Register on the links above to receive assistance.

 

10/20/2020: Our Immigrant Services offices in San Diego and Chula Vista have re-opened for in-person services with safety measures in place. Our newly installed plexi-glass shields provide additional safety when working with our staff. All services are by appointment only. Clients must wear a face mask at all times (masks with a filtration valve are not permitted). Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to enter.

 

9/29/2020: A judge from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California temporarily blocked the increase in naturalization fees from $725.00 to $1,700.00 that were scheduled to take effect on October 2nd. As a result of the naturalization application filing fee ($725), partial fee waiver, and full fee waiver, remain valid until further notice.

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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 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

      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

      For questions, email us at: IMMHELP@CCDSD.org

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