Immigration

Immigration

How to Get Help

Legal Aid Society of San Diego welcomes walk-ins.  For faster service call 1-877-LEGAL AID (1-877-534-2524).
TTY 1-800-735-2929​
If you wish to come to an office, we have 3 locations:
Southeast San Diego Office
Midtown San Diego Office
North County San Diego Office

What We Do

If you are eligible, we can help you with the following:

  • Family-based immigration, including naturalization and citizenship
  • Removal defense (Immigration Court)
  • VAWA
  • U and T Visas
  • Green Card Renewal
  • Waivers

Unfortunately, we cannot help with DACA, DAPA, and employment based immigration issues.

What to do for your appointment

Be On Time:  For Directions, scroll up and click on the office you are going to.  If you will be late, call the person you are coming to see.

If you do not call and are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, your appointment may be canceled.

GREEN CARD REPLACEMENT/RENEWAL

  • If you need help to replace your permanent resident alien card (“green card”), call 1-877-534-2524 .  Once you have an appointment please fill out the Replacement/Renewal of Permanent Resident Card Questionnaire (English) (Spanish) and bring it with you to your appointment.  ALSO, please bring These Documents (English) (Spanish) to your appointment.

NATURALIZATION

  • If you are a permanent resident and would like our help to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, call 1-877-534-2524.  Once you have an appointment, please fill out this Naturalization Questionnaire (English) (Spanish) and bring it with you to your first appointment. ALSO please bring These Documents (English) (Spanish) to your appointment.

IMMIGRATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS

  • If you need help to immigrate a family member, depending on who you would like to immigrate, in addition to evidence of your (the applicant’s) own immigration status, please bring the following:
  1. Immigrate your parent: your birth certificate and your parents’ marriage certificate
  2. Immigrate your child: your child’s birth certificate, and the marriage certificate for the mother/father of the child if born during a marriage
  3. Immigrate your spouse: your marriage certificate and proof of termination of all prior marriages for both you and your spouse
  4. Immigrate  your brother/sister: your birth certificate, your brother or sister’s birth certificate and your parents’ marriage certificate

Helpful Information

Other Places to Get Help

Questionnaires to Help with Your Appointment

Documents to Bring to Your Appointment (if you have them) (English) (Spanish)

Naturalizaton Questionnaire (English) (Spanish)

Replacement/Renewal of Your Permanent Resident Card - Questionnaire (English) (Spanish)

NOTES:

  • If you can, print the questionnaire you need, and fill it out.  It will speed up your appointment.  If you cannot, we will still see you.
  • If your LPR card will expire within the next 60 days, please be sure to mention this when calling for an intake appointment.

Videos

  • employment based immigration cases
  •  affirmative asylum claims
  •  DACA (deferred action for Childhood Arrivals)
  •  Student visas
  •  Temporary protected status
  • Medical or humanitarian requests to enter the U.S. (humanitarian parole)
  • Employment Visas
  • Asylum

How to Get Information and Training

Our Immigration Team can give presentations on immigration issues to community groups, service providers and others in the low income communities.
 
If you would like to request a presentation please click here.
 
Please afford the team at least three weeks advance notice.  You should receive our response within a week of submitting your request
 
If you do not, call 1-877-534-2524 and ask to speak to the Immigration Team.

Get Involved

Attorneys: we welcome volunteer attorneys whether you are recently graduated from law school or a seasoned attorney interested in helping in a new area of practice.  We ask that all volunteer attorneys commit to at least six months of volunteering for a minimum of 1-2 days each week.  If you feel you can make this commitment, please fill out the form and indicate when you would like to begin your volunteer service and any restrictions (e.g., you know that you must conclude volunteering by certain date, upcoming extended vacation, etc.)

Law Students: we welcome law student volunteers and interns.  We ask that all volunteer law students commit to at least six months of volunteering for a minimum of 1-2 days each week.  If you feel you can make this commitment, please fill out the form and indicate when you would like to begin your volunteer service and any restrictions (for example, you know that you must conclude volunteering by certain date, time off for finals, etc.)

Interpreters: we welcome interpreters.  Our general need for interpreters arises from non-English speakers who need an interpreter at their CIS interviews, and for non-Spanish/English speakers who come to our office seeking assistance.  Our need for interpreters varies, so we prefer to have translators available on an “on-call” basis.  Please fill out this form.

Non-legal: we welcome volunteers for non-legal duties.  The Immigration Team conducts several immigration-related presentations throughout the community each year, in addition to handling immigration cases.  Our team has many administrative tasks for which we welcome volunteer help.  Please fill out this form.