Office of Immigrant Affairs
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San José, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 535-8100
Fax: (408) 920-7007
The City of San José’s Office of Immigrant Affairs was established in 2015 for the purpose of creating a more informed, engaged, and welcoming experience for immigrants, increase opportunities for shared prosperity and aim at becoming the most successful multi-cultural city in the world.
Here you will find information about organizations equipped to serve you and a list of informational events in San José.
DACA SCHOLARSHIP & RENEWAL INFORMATION
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
DACA is a temporary immigration benefit and relief from deportation for certain undocumented individuals who came to the U.S. as children. A person with DACA can get a work permit for two years and a Social Security Number. In California, DACA-recipients can get a regular driver’s license and full-scope Medi-Cal. DACA can be renewed, but it is not forever.
The Supreme Court is considering a case regarding DACA. What is the current status of the program?
The Supreme Court is considering whether Trump's attempts to terminate the program are lawful. A decision is expected sometime before June 2020. In the meantime, DACA renewals are currently being accepted and current DACA-recipients are strongly encouraged to renew as soon as possible. Unfortunately, new DACA applications are no longer being accepted.
The application fee is very high. Can I apply for a DACA scholarship?
Yes! Scholarships for the USCIS application fee of $495 are available to those who qualify. To receive an eligibility screening by an immigration attorney or accredited representative, visit one of our partner organizations (see reverse) or attend one of our free DACA Renewal Application Workshops. The Trump Administration has proposed increases in DACA renewal application fees. We encourage DACA-recipients to renew as soon as possible in case application fees increase.
"Public Charge" Rule Change
The Trump Administration announced on September 22, 2018 that it was proposing changes to the "public charge" regulation. States, counties, and non-profit organizations challenged the rule in court, and it was temporarily prevent from going into effect as scheduled. On January 27, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the administration could begin implementing the new rule while litigation challenging proceeds.
We encourage residents to consult with legal service providers when making decisions for themselves and their families. Many immigrants are not subject to any U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge assessment at all, including lawful permanent residents (green card holders), unless they leave the country for more than 180 days; individuals applying for asylum or refugee status; and many other immigrants. On top of that, many benefits are not implicated by the rule. For example, neither use of WIC nor CHIP is considered under the new rule.
To call and set up an appointment with a legal provider:
- Bay Area Legal Aid: (408) 850-7066 English, Spanish
- Asian Law Alliance: (408) 287-9710 English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Spanish
- Law Foundation: (408) 293-4790 * English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, and more
*Law Foundation does not specialize in immigration law but encourages individuals to call with questions about using public benefits.
For additional information on this rule change:
The Governor's Office Has Launched the California Immigrant Guide
This tool provides information on state-funded programs benefiting immigrants in California. The website can be found at www.immigrantguide.ca.gov.
The website currently highlights four main programs:
- Learn English
- Find Jobs
- Training, Education, and Legal Help
Given the recent administrative changes of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the website has information for DACA grantees on accessing legal services to renew, as well as information on the impact of the decision on key state programs.
Rapid Response Hotline Now Available
Community leaders and immigrant empowerment organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to keep families together and to support those impacted by immigration enforcement by launching a new Rapid Response Hotline to call for immediate support if ICE comes to your home, workplace or neighborhood, or to report potential ICE action.