Immigrant Services



To be the premier non-profit provider of immigration services in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Statement of Purpose

To foster family reunification, economic empowerment, political participation, and social integration by providing low-cost, high quality immigration services that enable eligible immigrants and refugees to obtain legal immigrant or citizenship status.

Our Credentials

  • Recognized by the US Department of Justice since 1982

  • Affiliated with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) since 1987

  • Member of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium and the San Diego Citizenship Collaborative

Our Services

Our program processes the following immigration applications at nominal fees:

  • Adjustment of Status

  • Family Visa Petitions

  • Consular Processing

  • Domestic Violence Cases

  • Family Unity

  • Fee Waivers

  • Legal Permanent Resident Card Renewal

  • Affidavit of Support

  • T and U Visas

  • Travel Document

  • Employment Authorization

  • Citizenship and Naturalization

Our offices also offer the following ancillary services:

  • Consultations

  • Translations

  • Passport-style Photographs

Citizenship & Naturalization

Assisting eligible legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens.

Catholic Charities has assisted over 35,000 persons become US citizens in the past 30 years. As a member of the San Diego Citizenship Collaborative (SDCC), Catholic Charities has helped over 1,500 eligible permanent residents apply for citizenship.

Citizenship services include:

  • Free weekly information sessions at our Chula Vista location

  • Assessments on citizenship and fee waiver eligibility

  • Low-cost one-on-one appointments with a Case Manager

Citizenship Requirements:

  • Be a Lawful Permanent Resident for at least 5 years OR 3 years if married to a U.S. Citizen

  • Have been physically living in the U.S. continuously for the last 5 years

  • Be of good moral character

  • Be able to speak, read and write basic English

  • Be able to pass a civics test on U.S. history and government

You may be eligible to take the Citizenship test in your native language if:

  • You are at least 50 years old and have at least 20 years as a Permanent Resident; or

  • You are at least 55 years old and have at least 15 years as a Permanent Resident; or

  • You are at least 65 years old and have at least 20 years as a Permanent Resident


How To Contact

San Diego

4575 B Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA 92120
619 287-1270
(Arabic, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Laotian & Tagalog)

South Bay

293 H Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
619 498-0722

Imperial County

250 West Orange Avenue, El Centro, CA 92243
760 370-3914

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