Providing Limited Legal Assistance
The Refugee Support Center is a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization. We received this approval in 2015 and are the only organization in Orange County with this designation. Recognized organizations must demonstrate that they primarily serve low-income and indigent clients and have a written policy to accommodate those unable to pay for immigration legal services. In addition, we have a DOJ accredited representative on staff, trained and authorized to provide limited immigration legal services to refugees. These services include submission of applications for family reunification, permanent residency, naturalization and derivative citizenship.
Please do not ever give legal advice to another refugee or help them fill out any immigration forms. Only licensed attorneys specializing in immigration law and representatives who are accredited by the Department of Justice (DOJ) are authorized to provide immigration legal advice. Please encourage any refugee who has a question about green cards, family reunification, citizenship, or other immigration matters to contact an immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative.
Citizenship Test Preparation
We offer citizenship classes as well as tutors to work with refugees planning on applying for naturalization. Once the applicant obtains an interview date, RSC staff will do simulation interviews with the applicant.
Fee Waiver Requests
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires fees for certain immigration forms. RSC can submit an application for eligible applicants and assist them in gathering supporting documentation to demonstrate an inability to pay. In addition, RSC can help complete Request for Reduced Fee (Partial Fee Waiver) forms.