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Below is a list of community-based organizations dedicated to providing legal assistance, immigration assistance, citizenship assistance, social services, and community education to residents, immigrants, refugees, and citizens. While some concentrate on a certain demographic, the services are open to all.

Governmental Resources

 County of Santa Clara Office of Immigrant Relations

OIR_logo  2310 North First Street, Suite 100
  San Jose, CA 95131
  (408) 792-2300

 

The County of Santa Clara Office of Immigrant Relations promotes events and projects to help Santa Clara County’s immigrants access services and resources, obtain the necessary education and training, and qualify for employment, integration and civic participation. The programs include immigration and citizenship, advocacy, promotion of diversity and cultural understanding and community forums.

Santa Clara County Library - Universal Class

sccl-logo-colour-smallThe Library’s Universal Class serves as a guide to achieving citizenship.  The course is divided into seven lessons: What Becoming a Citizen Means, The Process of Applying for Citizenship, How to Prepare for the Test, Practice on Reading and Writing English, Civics Test Review, History Test Review, and Geography Test Review.  Learn more about the course.  A Santa Clara County Library card is needed to access this resource. To apply for a library card, please visit the Library's webpage.

 

US House of Representatives LogoAre you having trouble along your naturalization process? Contact your local Congressman for help.

If you live in Santa Clara, contact Representative Ro Khanna through the "Help with a Federal Agency"  online form.

If you live outside of Santa Clara, Find my Congressional Representative.

 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - San Jose Office
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  1450 Coleman Avenue
  Santa Clara, California 95050

City of Santa Clara Resources

Santa Clara City Library - Adult Learning Center
SCLibrary Logo1The Santa Clara Library offers great resources to help prepare you for the Citizenship Test as well as improve your math, writing, reading, speaking, and grammar skills.  To access the resource for free at the library or from your home, please use your Santa Clara City Library card.  To apply for a library card, please visit the Library's webpage

Santa Clara City Library - Mango Languages
Mango languages If you are interested in improving your English skills, please visit Mango Languages.  The Library offers 100 free lessons on how to speak English for those who speak Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and  Mandarin), French,  German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.  The lessons can be found under the English Courses tab.  To access the resource for free at the library or from your home, please use your Santa Clara City Library card.  To apply for a library card, please visit the Library's webpage.

Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) - Adult Educational Programs
SCUSD logoThe mission of Santa Clara Adult Education is to “empower adults of all ages and abilities to succeed in an ever-changing world.”  It offers a variety of helpful programs, such as Adult High School Diploma, Enrichment classes, GED and Basic Skills Program, and On-line training.  In addition to these great programs, the SCUSD also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, which is available from pre-beginning through advanced levels and includes accent improvement, citizenship, conversation, and grammar.  For more information, please call (408) 423-3514.

 

Community-Based Immigration Services

Asian Americans Community Involvement Center (AACI)
AACI  2400 Moorpark Avenue
  San Jose, CA 95128
  (408) 975-2730

AACI’s team of multicultural and multilingual professionals provides an array of services and programs in health, recovery, advocacy, shelter and community.

Asian Law Alliance
Asian Law Alliance  991 West Hedding Street, Suite 202
  San Jose, CA 95126
                                            (408) 287-9710

The Asian Law Alliance provides individual legal assistance, community legal education, and community advocacy for the Asian Pacific American population of Santa Clara County. Citizenship services are also offered in Vietnamese, Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog, Cantonese and Korean.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County – Immigration Legal Service
CC of Santa Clara County2625 Zanker Road, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95134
(408) 468-0100

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County provides citizenship services in English and Spanish, including assessment of eligibility, application assistance, interview preparation, and referrals to English and citizenship classes at offices in San Jose and Gilroy.  It also offers resettlement and retraining services for refugees and asylees, including computer and ESL classes, along with many other free social programs for children, adults and seniors.

Center for Employment Training (CET) – Immigration Services
CET701 Vine Street
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 534-5360

CET provides services in over 20 different languages and offers immigration, citizenship, and ESL assistance, along with information on citizenship/immigration and risks of applying when one is not eligible.  The clients are educated on the process to becoming a U.S. citizen and the curriculum is designed to help participants achieve self-sufficiency, become civic participants, and integrate into the United States.

Ethiopian Community Services
Ethiopian Community Services1295 Johnson Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 297-7638

Ethiopian Community Services provides community services to all Ethiopian refugees, immigrants and citizens within the Santa Clara County.

Family Alliance for Counseling Tools and Resolution (FACTR)
Factr480 North First Street, Suite 226
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 564-5863

FACTR provides counseling, psycho-educational services, and cultural awareness programs for immigrant families and their children, including State Laws pertaining to child protection, domestic violence, education, immigration and other areas.

Indian Community Centre
India Community Center525 Los Coches Street
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 934-1130

Through its support and referral system, ICC provides information on organizations (both Indian and mainstream) that offer expert services and information in the area of counseling and support. The organization welcomes all without regard to racial, ethnic, regional, religious, political or socio-economic background.

International Rescue Committee
International Rescue Committee 1210 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 227
  San Jose, CA 95128
  (408) 277- 0255

 The International Rescue Committee provides refugee resettlement services, information and referral, assistance with family reunification, and various immigration and citizenship assistance. Services are provided in English, Spanish, Tigrinya, Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian, Cambodian, Hindi, Marathi, Farsi, and Vietnamese.

Japanese-American Citizens League (JACL)
JACLIssei Memorial Building
565 North Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 295-1250

JACL not only secures and maintains the civil right of Japanese Americans and any other group of individuals who may have experience injustice and prejudice, but it also offers educational, civil rights, cultural, community building and social programs.

Korean American Community Services - Silicon Valley
Korean American Community Services 1099 North 4th Street
  San Jose, CA 95112
                                            (408) 920-9743

KACS provides social, educational, and cultural services for the Korean American community in Santa Clara County and the wider Silicon Valley area.  It also assists the elderly, low-income individuals and families, recent immigrants and the youth.

Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County (LAS)
Legal Aid Society480 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95103
(408) 998-5200

LAS offers consultation and assistance in immigration related matters, like family reunification, adjustment of status, work permits, political asylum, citizenship and tourist visas. It also provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals who are unable to obtain an access to the judicial system through other avenues.

Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA)
MACSA660 Sinclair Drive
San Jose, CA 95116
(408) 326-0200

MACSA provides counseling, educational programs, programs for seniors, prevention and intervention and health and safety.

Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities (POSSO)
POSSO1115 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95116
(408) 293-0877

POSSO provides information and referral, ESL/citizenship classes and brown bag groceries to low-income individuals and families each week. Moreover, it offers programs regarding immigration and naturalization, legal services, case management and voter registration.

Sacred Heart Community Service
Sacred Heart1381 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 278-2160

Sacred Heart Community Service provides a broad range of social programs, including assistance with food, housing, utilities, and advocacy. Additionally, citizenship services are also offered in English and Spanish.

Services Immigration Rights and Education Network (SIREN)
SIREN1425 Koll Circle, Suite 109
San Jose, CA 95112
                            (408) 453-3003

SIREN provides free and sliding scale citizenship, legalization and advocacy services to the immigrant community in Santa Clara County.

Step Forward Foundation
Step Forward Foundation 16264 Church Street #103
  Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  (408) 915-8698

Our services include legal counseling on eligibility for immigration benefits, as well as full scope representation for social justice and family based petitions.

United Farm Workers Foundation
UFW Foundation437 East Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93905
(831) 758-2611

To open the doors of opportunity to working people and their communities.

YWCA Silicon Valley
YWCA298 S. Sunnyvale Ave. Suite 105
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 749-0793

YWCA Silicon Valley is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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