Immigration Services Contact

(209) 644-2600

Our Services

Citizenship Classes & Immigration Legal Services

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH FOR AMERICA’S NEWEST CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS

El Concilio has been providing free and low-cost bilingual citizenship preparation and immigration legal services since 1968. Our services are here to help everyone, offering comprehensive immigration legal services for naturalization application filings, legal permanent resident status, renewal services, eligibility screenings, and all application filings, as well as an innovative, bilingual citizenship preparation instruction program.

THE CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE PLACE WHERE YOU BELONG

Both naturalization and legal permanent resident status bring significant social, economic, and civic benefits to newcomers and their families, as well as to local communities, and the country as a whole. El Concilio provides access to immigration legal services, citizenship application assistance, and English language and citizenship instruction. Our immigration services are crucial to helping legal permanent immigrants achieve citizenship, establish a social and economic foothold, and become full and active members of society.

NAVIGATING THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM CAN BE COMPLICATED

El Concilio’s Immigration Legal Services team provides low-cost or no-cost immigration services for immigrants, refugees, asylees, Dreamers, victims of domestic violence. and low-income immigrants. Our New American Citizenship Pathways campaign represents El Concilio’s unique approach to provide seamless immigration services across the various services needed by those seeking citizenship. We also assist clients in requesting waivers of application fees, allowing many to gain immigration benefits that would otherwise be unattainable.

EVERY IMMIGRANT ADDS TO THE STRENGTH OF A NATION

Distinguishing El Concilio from others is our history of helping undocumented working immigrants attain legal status and a green card, bringing them out of the shadows and empowering them with the ability to get better jobs and provide security and stability for them, their families and the community.

For information about our Immigration Legal Services, Citizenship Preparation Classes, or group presentations, please call (209) 337-7505.

LIFTING UP THE VOICE & INFLUENCE OF LOW-INCOME IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES THROUGH INTEGRATION

Our Immigration-Citizenship department promotes immigrant integration through a comprehensive linked set of services and outreach initiatives that together strive to achieve full access for immigrants and their families to educational, economic, and civic participation opportunities. Our Immigrant Integration Team seeks to expand opportunities for immigrants, so they may participate fully in society, as well as enhance their experiences and perspectives through outreach and education so they understand and benefit from new opportunities.

OUR PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SERVICES TEAM

Headed by a professional immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience, with a support staff of immigration paralegals, El Concilio provides free or low-cost immigration services for those who cannot afford a private attorney. Services include:

  • Citizenship
  • Permanent Residency
  • DACA
  • Family Petitions
  • Green Card Renewals
  • Advance Parole
  • Request for Evidence
  • Freedom of Information Requests
  • Translations
  • Visa Processing
  • Waivers
  • Individual & Family Consultations
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Removal Conditions
  • Community Education
  • Advice & Referrals

IMMIGRATION WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

The immigration team holds free workshops throughout the year in both Spanish and English, including DACA workshops, Citizenship Application, & Eligibility workshops, and Know Your Rights seminars.

To schedule a workshop for your group, or for our current workshop schedule call (209) 337.7505 or go to www.ElConcilio.org.

FREE COMPREHENSIVE CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION SERVICES

We understand your needs, so our Citizenship Classes are free, bilingual, and open entry. Our team of experienced, professional volunteer instructors are all either former teachers, college professors, retired lawyers, or retired judges.

Adapted from the Smithsonian’s “Preparing for the Oath,” our course combines interactive videos and activities. The course offers a complete experience in your preparation for the naturalization exam – from the oral civics test portion of the interview, to extensive interviews practice and role play – offering you the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for effective civic participation.

CITIZENSHIP CLASSES DESIGNED TO PROVIDE RESULTS

The Citizenship courses are taught in 10-week tracts, with lessons that are sequential and build on each other. Classes are offered at two levels: Beginner-Intermediate and Intermediate-Advanced.

The information in both levels is the same, while selection of teaching materials differs to meet your needs, abilities, and language skills. All courses address specific content and skills that students need to succeed in their citizenship interview:

Our citizenship classes help you fully integrate into U.S. society. Our course enhances your experience, promoting the attitudes of effective citizenship. The belief in liberty, equality, human rights, personal responsibility and the common good; honesty, integrity; a sense of personal efficacy is integral to your preparation.

For the Citizenship Class schedule, request classes for your group, or to be a volunteer citizenship instructor call (209) 337-7505.

LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENCY OR CITIZENSHIP CAN BE YOURS

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a dream for many, and there are different ways to achieve that. Most people will first apply to become a legal permanent resident, and then become a naturalized citizen. You can also gain citizenship through marriage, your parents, or military

service. We have the experience and expertise to help you navigate this exciting new world of opportunity.

EL CONCILIO NEW AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP PATHWAYS

El Concilio’s New American Citizenship Pathways is a department within the agency dedicated to serving and responding to the needs of our immigrant populations and communities. The department is supported through funds and grants from the California Department of Social Services, UnidosUS, and the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento, as well as through the generous support and donations from our corporate sponsors and people like you.

For information about our Immigration Legal Services, Citizenship Preparation Classes, or group presentations call (209) 337-7505.