Santa Clara County Immigration Legal Services
Through general fund monies, Santa Clara County invests in immigration legal services with local accredited agencies in Santa Clara County to provide free and low cost assistance with immigration legal issues.
These services are designed to help immigrants with immigration issues such as family visa petition, employment authorizations, removal of conditional status; assisting immigrants to obtain permanent residency under the Violence Against Women Act; helping victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking to obtain work authorization, permanent residency leading to path to citizenship, DACA, deportation defense, unaccompanied minors, etc.
Santa Clara County funds a number of agencies including
Additional community based agencies that provide low cost immigration services include:
- International Rescue Committee
- Santa Clara University Katherine and George Alexander Community Law Center
- Bay Area Legal Aid Society
Below are more comprehensive referral lists and a guide for finding general legal help and immigration legal services in Santa Clara County and the Bay Area:
- Immigration Legal Services Flyer OIR December 2017
- Resources for Unaccompanied Minors
- Legal Representation for Deportation Defense and Other Types of Relief
A Legal Permanent Resident (or a Green Card holder) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “Green Card.” You can become a permanent resident in several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs.
More information can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/greencard