Immigration and Citizenship Information and Resources

Immigration and citizenship can be very complicated topics. There are many resources that can help you. The main web page for the United States’ citizenship and immigration service is: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

Immigration Laws

For information on the laws and regulations related to immigration, go here: http://goo.gl/IdMM

Green Card

A Green Card holder is someone who is a permanent legal resident of the United States. To find out everything you need to get started on applying for a green card, go to: http://goo.gl/P1Mo

U.S.A. Green Card Lottery also has information explaining the components of a Green Card:
http://www.usagreencardlottery.org/what-is-a-green-card.jsp

Naturalization

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress. You can learn more that the naturalization process at: http://goo.gl/E9KJ.

Citizenship

Classes on Citizenship: Many community colleges offer citizenship classes, sometimes at no charge.

Trinity United Methodist Church offers some citizenship classes, for more information please contact :

Shari Miller, Office Administrator
515-288-4056
office@trinityumcdm.org
1548 8th street, Des Moines, IA 50314

The Refugee Resource Center 

The Refugee Resource Center offers a free citizenship class. For more information contact:

515-650-9272
rrciowa.org@gmail.com

Benefits of Citizenship: There are many benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen, including the right to vote, to run for political office (except President); file a petition to bring your loved ones to the U.S. from your home country; secure a passport, and more. For citizenship benefits go to: http://www.immlaw.com/citizenship.html

Citizenship history and information: USCitizenship information including forms and information on citizenship and the naturalization process.  http://www.uscitizenship.info/a-guide-to-uscis-and-the-process-for-citizenship/

Disclaimer: Information on this page is not legal advice for any individual case or situation. The information is intended to be general and should not be relied upon for any specific situation. For individual cases, please consult an attorney.

Additional Resources

Hawkeye Community College
Metro Center
844 West 4th Street
Waterloo, IA 50702
319-234-5745
http://www.hawkeyecollege.edu/business-and-community/extension-programs/citizenship.aspx

Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines
Free Citizenship Classes in conjunction with IowaWORKS
Contact Mireya at mramirez@catholiccharitiesdm.org or 515-237-5047
http://www.dmdiocese.org/hispanic-community-outreach.cfm

DMACC Citizenship Course
8 week course designed to prepare students for the process of becoming a US citizen.

CitizenshipWORKS
ONLINE TOOLS to help low and moderate-income individuals to answer questions about their eligibility for naturalization, to better understand the naturalization process, and to prepare for the naturalization tests
http://www.citizenshipworks.org/

Trinity United Methodist Church
1548 8th St.
Des Moines, IA 50311
Contact Pastor Barb at: 515.280.8426
http://www.trinityumcdm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=73

Catholic Charities of Dubuque
1229 Mt. Loretta Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52003
1.800.772.2758
563.588.0558
Help completing forms, filings with USCIS

Justice for Our Neighbors -Iowa (Cedar Rapids Office)
420 1st Ave N.E., Suite 203
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319.294.1161
http://www.iajfon.org
easterniowa_jfon@yahoo.com
-Help completing forms, filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Justice for Our Neighbors – Iowa (Columbus Junction Office)
517 2nd St.
Columbus Junction, IA 52738
319.728.2669
http://www.iajfon.org
easterniowa_jfon@yahoo.com -Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Diocese of Davenport – Immigration Services
780 W. Central Park Ave.
Davenport, IA 52804
563.324.1911
http://www.davenportdiocese.org/socialaction/saimmigrationprogram.htm
communication@davenportdiocese.org
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS

Laura Raya (Spanish)
Immigration Program Coordinator
Diocesan immigration program
2706 N. Gaines St.
Davenport, Iowa 52804-1998
319.324.1911
319.324.8119(Spanish)

American Friends Service Committee – Legal Services Program
4211 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312
515.274.4851
http://afsc.org/office/des-moines-ia
afscdesm@afsc.org
-Help completing forms, filings with USCIS

Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa
1111 9th St, Suite 380
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.974.5199
http://www.irnofiowa.org
rios@irnofiowa.org
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Immigration Court, representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Immigrants’ Rights Network of Iowa and Nebraska
601 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
515.237.5020
crios@dmdiocese.org

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
400 E. 14th Street Grimes Building
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Phone: 515.281.4121
Fax: 515.242.5840
-To enforce civil rights through compliance, mediation, education and advocacy

Iowa Department of Human Rights-Commission on the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander
Heritage(CAPI)

321 E. 12th Street
Lucas State Office Bldg. 2nd floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
800.922.8917
www.iowacapi.org-To ensure Iowa’s Asians and Pacific Islanders have opportunities equal to other Iowans in education, employment, health care,
housing, and safety and to publicize the accomplishments and contributions of the Asian and Pacific Islanders to the state.

Iowa Immigration and Education Coalition
Geofry Fischer – Project Coordinator
PO Box 506
Des Moines, Iowa 50302
Phone: 515.471.8058
Fax: 515.246.7923
-The Iowa Immigration Education Coalition is a multi-perspective group of business, labor, civil rights, religious, immigrant, education, social service, government, and other community leaders united for the purpose of providing Iowans with relevant and timely information about immigration issues and their impact on Iowans and their communities.

Justice for Our Neighbors – Iowa (Des Moines Office)
2718 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.255.9809
http://www.iajfon.org
westerniowajfon@gmail.com
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Catholic Charities of Dubuque – Refugee Resettlement Services
1229 Mt. Lorretta Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52003
563.588.0556
http://www.arch.pvt.k12.ia.us/CathCharities/charref_immig.html
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS

Diversity Service Center of Iowa
119 Sycamore St, Suite 420
Muscatine, IA 52761
563.264.8883
multirosa@hotmail.com
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Rosa Mendoza – Immigration Specialist
The Diversity Service Center of Iowa

119 Sycamore Street Ste. 420
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
multirosa@hotmail.com
Phone: 563.264.8883
Fax: 563.264.8088

Immigration Program of SE Iowa
2705 N. Court Road
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
641.684.8811

Mary J. Treglia Community House
900 Jennings St.
Sioux City, IA 51105
712.258.5137
http://www.marytreglia.org
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS

Justice for Our Neighbors – Iowa (Storm Lake Office)
211 E. 3rd St
Storm Lake, IA 50588
712.732.7783
http://www.iajfon.org
westerniowajfon@gmail.com

-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

National Organizations

National Immigration Law Center
3435 Wilshire Blvd Suite 2850
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Monica Guizar, abogada laboral en NILC
213.639.3900 x 123
guizar@nilc.org
www.nilc.org

National Employment Law Project
55 John Street, 7th floor
New York, NY 10038
212.285.3025
212.285.3044
immigrant@nelp.org
www.nelp.org

American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrant Rights Project
405 14th Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 34612-9987
510.625.2010
510.622.0050
immrights@aclu.org

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
1663 Mission St. Suite 602
San Francisco CA 94103
415.255.9499
www.ilrc.org

Immigration and Citizenship Information and Resources

Immigration and citizenship can be very complicated topics. There are many resources that can help you. The main web page for the United States’ citizenship and immigration service is: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

Immigration Laws

For information on the laws and regulations related to immigration, go here: http://goo.gl/IdMM

Green Card

A Green Card holder is someone who is a permanent legal resident of the United States. To find out everything you need to get started on applying for a green card, go to: http://goo.gl/P1Mo

U.S.A. Green Card Lottery also has information explaining the components of a Green Card:
http://www.usagreencardlottery.org/what-is-a-green-card.jsp

Naturalization

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress. You can learn more that the naturalization process at: http://goo.gl/E9KJ.

Citizenship

Classes on Citizenship: Many community colleges offer citizenship classes, sometimes at no charge.

Trinity United Methodist Church offers some citizenship classes, for more information please contact :

Shari Miller, Office Administrator
515-288-4056
office@trinityumcdm.org
1548 8th street, Des Moines, IA 50314

The Refugee Resource Center 

The Refugee Resource Center offers a free citizenship class. For more information contact:

515-650-9272
rrciowa.org@gmail.com

Benefits of Citizenship: There are many benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen, including the right to vote, to run for political office (except President); file a petition to bring your loved ones to the U.S. from your home country; secure a passport, and more. For citizenship benefits go to: http://www.immlaw.com/citizenship.html

Citizenship history and information: USCitizenship information including forms and information on citizenship and the naturalization process.  http://www.uscitizenship.info/a-guide-to-uscis-and-the-process-for-citizenship/

Disclaimer: Information on this page is not legal advice for any individual case or situation. The information is intended to be general and should not be relied upon for any specific situation. For individual cases, please consult an attorney.

Additional Resources

Hawkeye Community College
Metro Center
844 West 4th Street
Waterloo, IA 50702
319-234-5745
http://www.hawkeyecollege.edu/business-and-community/extension-programs/citizenship.aspx

Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines
Free Citizenship Classes in conjunction with IowaWORKS
Contact Mireya at mramirez@catholiccharitiesdm.org or 515-237-5047
http://www.dmdiocese.org/hispanic-community-outreach.cfm

DMACC Citizenship Course
8 week course designed to prepare students for the process of becoming a US citizen.

CitizenshipWORKS
ONLINE TOOLS to help low and moderate-income individuals to answer questions about their eligibility for naturalization, to better understand the naturalization process, and to prepare for the naturalization tests
http://www.citizenshipworks.org/

Trinity United Methodist Church
1548 8th St.
Des Moines, IA 50311
Contact Pastor Barb at: 515.280.8426
http://www.trinityumcdm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=73

Catholic Charities of Dubuque
1229 Mt. Loretta Avenue
Dubuque, IA 52003
1.800.772.2758
563.588.0558
Help completing forms, filings with USCIS

Justice for Our Neighbors -Iowa (Cedar Rapids Office)
420 1st Ave N.E., Suite 203
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
319.294.1161
http://www.iajfon.org
easterniowa_jfon@yahoo.com
-Help completing forms, filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Justice for Our Neighbors – Iowa (Columbus Junction Office)
517 2nd St.
Columbus Junction, IA 52738
319.728.2669
http://www.iajfon.org
easterniowa_jfon@yahoo.com -Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Diocese of Davenport – Immigration Services
780 W. Central Park Ave.
Davenport, IA 52804
563.324.1911
http://www.davenportdiocese.org/socialaction/saimmigrationprogram.htm
communication@davenportdiocese.org
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS

Laura Raya (Spanish)
Immigration Program Coordinator
Diocesan immigration program
2706 N. Gaines St.
Davenport, Iowa 52804-1998
319.324.1911
319.324.8119(Spanish)

American Friends Service Committee – Legal Services Program
4211 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312
515.274.4851
http://afsc.org/office/des-moines-ia
afscdesm@afsc.org
-Help completing forms, filings with USCIS

Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa
1111 9th St, Suite 380
Des Moines, IA 50314
515.974.5199
http://www.irnofiowa.org
rios@irnofiowa.org
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Immigration Court, representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Immigrants’ Rights Network of Iowa and Nebraska
601 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
515.237.5020
crios@dmdiocese.org

Iowa Civil Rights Commission
400 E. 14th Street Grimes Building
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Phone: 515.281.4121
Fax: 515.242.5840
-To enforce civil rights through compliance, mediation, education and advocacy

Iowa Department of Human Rights-Commission on the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander
Heritage(CAPI)

321 E. 12th Street
Lucas State Office Bldg. 2nd floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
800.922.8917
www.iowacapi.org-To ensure Iowa’s Asians and Pacific Islanders have opportunities equal to other Iowans in education, employment, health care,
housing, and safety and to publicize the accomplishments and contributions of the Asian and Pacific Islanders to the state.

Iowa Immigration and Education Coalition
Geofry Fischer – Project Coordinator
PO Box 506
Des Moines, Iowa 50302
Phone: 515.471.8058
Fax: 515.246.7923
-The Iowa Immigration Education Coalition is a multi-perspective group of business, labor, civil rights, religious, immigrant, education, social service, government, and other community leaders united for the purpose of providing Iowans with relevant and timely information about immigration issues and their impact on Iowans and their communities.

Justice for Our Neighbors – Iowa (Des Moines Office)
2718 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
515.255.9809
http://www.iajfon.org
westerniowajfon@gmail.com
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Catholic Charities of Dubuque – Refugee Resettlement Services
1229 Mt. Lorretta Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52003
563.588.0556
http://www.arch.pvt.k12.ia.us/CathCharities/charref_immig.html
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS

Diversity Service Center of Iowa
119 Sycamore St, Suite 420
Muscatine, IA 52761
563.264.8883
multirosa@hotmail.com
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Rosa Mendoza – Immigration Specialist
The Diversity Service Center of Iowa

119 Sycamore Street Ste. 420
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
multirosa@hotmail.com
Phone: 563.264.8883
Fax: 563.264.8088

Immigration Program of SE Iowa
2705 N. Court Road
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
641.684.8811

Mary J. Treglia Community House
900 Jennings St.
Sioux City, IA 51105
712.258.5137
http://www.marytreglia.org
-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS

Justice for Our Neighbors – Iowa (Storm Lake Office)
211 E. 3rd St
Storm Lake, IA 50588
712.732.7783
http://www.iajfon.org
westerniowajfon@gmail.com

-Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

National Organizations

National Immigration Law Center
3435 Wilshire Blvd Suite 2850
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Monica Guizar, abogada laboral en NILC
213.639.3900 x 123
guizar@nilc.org
www.nilc.org

National Employment Law Project
55 John Street, 7th floor
New York, NY 10038
212.285.3025
212.285.3044
immigrant@nelp.org
www.nelp.org

American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrant Rights Project
405 14th Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 34612-9987
510.625.2010
510.622.0050
immrights@aclu.org

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
1663 Mission St. Suite 602
San Francisco CA 94103
415.255.9499
www.ilrc.org