Refugee and Immigrant Services

Refugee and Immigrant Services provides new clients with low cost or pro bono consultations via our regularly held Monday intake workshops in San Francisco and San Mateo.  Potential clients may come without an appointment on any given Monday to speak with a BIA accredited representative who can assess their eligibility for all family based immigration benefits, Removal of Conditions, Naturalization, T and U Visas, VAWA, DACA, Advance Parole, and Provisional Waivers.  We also assist with Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases, depending on our capacity.  Please note we do not provide assistance with student or employment based visas.  We charge $50 for the consultation, however anyone with a letter from a social worker, case manager or other evidence demonstrating financial hardship may be served pro bono.  We also provide Know your Rights Workshops periodically and New Client Workshops in Redwood City and Palo Alto monthly. Please contact the RIS Programs for additional information and resources.

*Registration for the workshop is from 10-12, while the workshop begins at 2pm.  Please note that capacity is limited to the first 15 participants.

Servicios a Refugiados e Inmigrantes, un Programa de Caridades Católicas San Francisco, ofrece a nuevos clientes consultas de bajo costo o pro bono a través de nuestros talleres regulares de los lunes en San Francisco y San Mateo. Los clientes potenciales pueden venir sin cita cualquier lunes para hablar con un representante acreditado del BIA que puede evaluar su elegibilidad para todos los beneficios de inmigración basados ​​en la familia, Retiro de Condiciones, Naturalización, T y U Visas, VAWA, DACA, Permiso Adelantado de Viaje, y Perdónes Provisionales. También asistimos con casos de Asilo e Inmigrante Juvenil Especial, dependiendo de nuestra capacidad. Tenga en cuenta que no proporcionamos asistencia con visas de estudiantes o de empleo. Cobramos $ 50 por la consulta, sin embargo cualquier persona con una carta de un trabajador social, administrador de casos u otra evidencia que demuestre dificultades financieras puede ser servido pro bono. También ofrecemos Talleres de Conozca sus Derechos periódicamente y Talleres para Nuevos Clientes en Redwood City y Palo Alto mensualmente. Por favor contacte a los Programas de SRI para obtener información y recursos adicionales.

*La inscripción para el taller es de 10am-12pm, mientras que el taller comienza a las 2pm. Por favor tenga en cuenta que la capacidad está limitada a los primeros 15 participantes.

The key mission of Refugee and Immigrant Services is to assist clients in achieving not just legal status and economic self-sufficiency, but in becoming fully active participants in the social and civic life of our communities.

We help immigrants understand the immigration law and to know their rights under the law. Our program is designed to advise and guide clients through the immigration process in an efficient, effective and professionally caring manner. We also provide resettlement, case management, and referrals to retraining services for refugees and asylum-seekers who have fled war, persecution, and violence in their home countries.

Our staff members live out values of charity and justice by welcoming newcomers and providing free or low-cost legal and support services to immigrants and refugees in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. We aim to build good citizens through advocacy, education, legal immigration services, case management and civic engagement.

We also help families that have been separated by the migration experience to reunify through:

• Petitioning for family visas
• Guiding legal residents through the citizenship process
• Assisting undocumented battered immigrant women and children gain legal status
• Providing advice and counsel on immigration legal matters

Our agency is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals and our staff members are accredited to provide a broad range of immigration counseling and representation to immigrants and their families.


Unaccompanied Minor Refugees

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services has been welcoming newcomers with dignity, respect, and professionalism for more than 35 years.

Since October 2015, more than 20,000 unaccompanied minors have flocked to U.S. southern borders seeking refuge.

Over the past thirty months, Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services served more than 100 of these minor refugees, most of whom have visited our offices in San Francisco and San Mateo seeking guidance and legal assistance during our weekly workshops.

Learn More about what Catholic Charities is doing to meet the needs of this very special population.

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