Resources for Immigrants & Supporters

We are continually updating this list. Submit a resource here.

Table of Contents

  1. U.S. Citizenship
  2. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  3. Know Your Rights
  4. Resources Regarding Executive Orders on Immigration
  5. Other Organizations, Websites & Resources

Please note: these links are informational, do not constitute legal advice, and could change with new orders or court action. We will update this list as we receive more information.

1. U.S. Citizenship

To be eligible to apply for U.S. Citizenship, you need to:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least the last five years (or three years, if married to a U.S. citizen).
  • Have been present in the U.S. for 2.5 of the past five years (or 1.5 of the past three, if married to a U.S. citizen), and have not been outside the U.S. for one year or more within the last five years (or three years, if married to a U.S. citizen).

For more information go to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Website.

2. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred action essentially means that the government knows an individual is in the United States without permission or immigration status and will not deport the person. An individual with an approved deferred action status is eligible to apply for work authorization. Please note that deferred action is not permanent status nor is it a path to citizenship.

You qualify for DACA if you…

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

How do individuals apply? Individuals can apply by submitting forms I-821D, I-765, and I-765WS, along with a filing fee of $465, and supporting documents demonstrating that applicants meet all requirements.

More resources on DACA:

3. Know Your Rights

 4. Resources Regarding Executive Orders on Immigration

 5. Other Organizations, Websites & Resources

Airport Lawyer — Airport Lawyer is a service to ensure that immigrants and refugees are treated fairly at airports. If your loved one is set to arrive at Sea-Tac airport, use Airport Lawyer’s free app to alert a team of volunteer attorneys of their name and flight details. The volunteers will see to it that your loved one is treated fairly.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) — “The ACLU… works in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.”

American Immigration Lawyers Association — “National association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.”

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) — “Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.”

Church World Service (CWS) — “Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.”

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — “CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. ”

Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) — “Strengthens immigrant defense through training and expert advice; challenges unfair laws through impact litigation; shapes just policies through advocacy; and empowers communities and advocates through alliance building and education.”

Immigrant Justice Network — “Engages in advocacy, education, technical assistance, training, communications, and litigation to address the needs of those caught in the intersection of the criminal justice and immigration systems.”

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) — “National nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights.”

Immigration Advocates Network — “A collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them.” — “Helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options.”

Informed Immigrant — “Whether you are an immigrant or an ally, [utilize Informed Immigrant to] stay informed and find crucial and carefully curated information on advocacy campaigns, mental health, your rights, and more.”

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) — “IRAP organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.”

National Immigration Law Center — “One of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.”

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild — “For more than 45 years, the National Immigration Project has persistently promoted justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and social policies related to immigration.”

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project — “Promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.”

Northwest Justice Project — “NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.”

Refugee Center Online — “The Refugee Center Online uses technology to help refugees and displaced individuals build new lives in the United States.”

Washington Law Help: Resources for Immigrants — “A guide to legal information about your rights and responsibilities, community education events, and how to get help in Washington state.”