Immigration Integration

The Korean population in the United States grew rapidly from 1975 to 1990, and one in four foreign-born Koreans arrived in 2000 or later. Koreans rank as one of the top ten largest immigrant groups to the United States, and rank as the seventh most prominent nationality among undocumented migrants to the US. 

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The Immigration Legal Services program aims to create access to  immigration services that are needed for immigrants to transition into American life and become engaged members of society. Since 1989. The program has assisted over 4,000 immigrants to become engaged participants in American civic life. As the only BIA accredited Korean agency, and one of seven BIA accredited agencies in East Bay, the program provides low-cost, comprehensive legal immigration services API communities with special focus on the Korean community with limited English proficiency in the Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties with the following services:

 

One-on-one Legal Services

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Through one on one individual counseling, we provide comprehensive immigration services, including naturalization, re-entry permit, and adjustment of status. This service is by appointment only, and appoints are available Monday thru Friday.  We charge small fees for the following legal services, and fee waivers are available for low income individuals and family. Please call for an appointment: 510-547-2662.

List of in-house services provided

Application for Naturalization, Form N-400

Individuals who have been Lawful Permanent Residents for the requisite period of time (three or five years depending on how they obtained their green card) and meet the additional eligibility requirements may apply for U.S. citizenship by filing Form N-400 with USCIS. This process is called naturalization.

Request for Fee Waiver, Form I-912

Filing immigration petitions or applications often requires paying a filing fee. However, certain individuals who cannot afford the fee may qualify for a fee waiver if they are receiving a means tested benefit, if their household income is below 150% of the poverty guidelines, or if they are suffering financial hardship. They can apply to waive the fee by filing Form I-912. The fee waiver is available for many, but not all, USCIS applications.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, Form G-639

Individuals who wish to obtain a copy of their entire immigration file can file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request using Form G-639.

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, Form I-90

If a green card contains an error or is lost, an LPR may file an I-90 to request a new and/or corrected card.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Services

Immigrants who came to the United States as children and who meet certain requirements may be eligible for protection under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While DACA is not a pathway to citizenship, it provides certain protections to qualifying immigrant youths. These protections include relative safety from deportation for two years (subject to renewal), and employment authorization.

For more details, check out this link.

 

Citizenship Group Workshops

As part of East Bay Naturalization Collaborative, and DACA Collaborative, we provide group workshops in Naturalization and DACA cases. IMG_3211_2011

 

Free Legal Clinics

Since 1989, KCCEB hosts monthly immigration clinic. We also co-host comprehensive legal clinic with the Korean American Bar Association Northern California.  Our long-term pro bono lawyers meet community members for consultation during these workshops, covering wider range of legal issues. These services are free for low-income clients. Please RSVP for our next scheduled workshop.