Immigration / Anti-Deportation / Naturalization Resources

Our APA communities consist of people from all walks of life who now call Washington home. However, from those who have lived in Washington for generations to those who came here yesterday, we are treated as perpetual foreigners, both in how others see us and how we are treated by legal agreements, citizenship laws, and immigration laws.

As of September 2017, nearly 57,000 undocumented Asian American immigrants live in Washington State. CAPAA acknowledges that deportation raids can harm families, societies, the economy, and our community. Washington State’s economy, one of the fastest growing in the United States, depends on immigrants. Immigrants also contribute to the State’s vibrant culture. Therefore, we recognize the inherent interconnectedness of all our nation’s inhabitants, and stand with those who are affected.

To this end, we have compiled immigration, naturalization, and anti-deportation resources for community reference and use. Additional resources are also available at the Governor’s Immigration and Refugee Resources.

To become a U.S. citizen you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must have authorization to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis (i.e. a green card holder) for at least five years (or three years, if married to a United States citizen).
  • You must have continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years (or three years, if married to a United States citizen) and be physically present in the U.S. for at least half that time.
  • You must be able to read, write, and speak basic English
    • Exemptions are available based on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) age, time as a permanent resident in the U.S., and disability
  • You must pass a civics test on fundamental U.S. history and government
  • You must be a person of “good moral character”

The citizenship process requires:

  • Personal information about you, your parents, your spouse, and your children (if applicable)
  • Any arrests you may have had
  • Where you worked during the last 5 years
  • Where you lived during the last 5 years
  • Where you traveled outside of the United States over the last 5 years
  • A civics test
  • An interview
  • A biometric scan

The current cost of applying for citizenship is $725, including the cost of a biometric scan. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers a reduced cost ($405) and fee waiver for those who qualify. Use this calculator to see if you qualify for a waiver.

The agencies and organizations below provide a number of different immigration, citizenship, and naturalization services.

Agency/Organization Contact information Service(s)
Asian Counseling & Referral Service 3639 Martin Luther King
Way South
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 695-7600Xiangping Chen
xiangpingc@acrs.org
(206) 695-7578
  • Bilingual citizenship classes
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
  • Immigration service assistance (fee-based)
  • Individual citizenship application assistance
  • Mock interview practice
  • Talk Time (informal gatherings to practice English conversation)
  • Some legal services available, concentrated on
    • Detention and Deportation Defense
    • Persons seeking Asylum and Refugees
    • Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes (U & T visas)
    • Battered spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents, as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Catholic Community Services of Western Washington 100 23rd Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 328-5696
DACA Hotline: (206) 566-6664Find contact information by county
  • Citizenship/naturalization (including fee and disability waivers)
  • Adjustment of status (green cards)
  • Green card replacements or renewals
  • Family-based petitions
  • Consular processing
  • Fiancé(e) visa
  • Removal of conditions
  • DACA renewals
  • Travel documents
  • Employment authorization
  • Parole in place
  • Mock interviews
  • Resources/referrals
Chinese Information Service Center 611 S. Lane St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-5633
  • ESL classes
  • Naturalization classes
  • Vocational ESL classes with bilingual (Mandarin/Cantonese) and English-only instructors
  • Small group tutoring
  • One-on-one mock interviews
  • Some legal services available
DSHS Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Check eligibility for assistance and apply through Washington Connection

For more information: oriainfo@dshs.wa.gov

ORIA Naturalization Services Program Manager:
Raphael Ro
(206) 568-5609
raphael.ro@dshs.wa.gov

  • Intake Screening
  • Application for Naturalization form assistance
  • Payment of the Application for Naturalization required fee
  • Payment of fingerprint fee when required
  • Fee waiver requests
  • Citizenship training and instruction
  • Assistance in obtaining test exemptions such as Medical Disability Exceptions and age and time in country when appropriate
  • Interview preparation
  • Appeals
International Rescue Committee 16256 Military Road S. #206
SeaTac, WA 98188
(206) 623-2105100S. King St. ,Suite 570
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-2105
  • Citizenship workshops and classes
  • Green Card assistance
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Fee waiver assistance
  • DACA Application assistance
  • Employment authorization
  • Travel documents
  • Document replacement
  • Temporary Protected Status application
  • Diversity Visa Lottery application
Jewish Family Services 1601 16th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(425) 643-2221
  • Assistance with citizenship applications
  • Citizenship classes
  • ESL classes
  • Referral services
Korean Women’s Association 4629 168th St. SW #G
Lynnwood, WA 98037
(425) 742-3696123East 96th Street
Tacoma, WA 98445
(253) 535-42025305East 18th St., Ste 117
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 906-0577
  • Assistance with the naturalization application process
  • N400 application assistance and translation service
  • Citizenship English classes – beginner to advanced – in six languages: English, Korean, Ukrainian, Russian, Cambodian and Vietnamese
  • Citizenship interview preparation and practice
  • Escort to Application Support Center and CIS interview
  • Assistance with family-based petition process for Green Card
  • Assistance with determining eligibility and application process
  • Assistance with DACA eligibility determination
  • Assistance with DACA application process, including an evidence review
  • Assistance with DACA renewals
Literacy Source 720 N. 35th, Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-2050
  • Citizenship classes
  • One-to-one tutoring
  • Practice interviews with trained volunteers
  • Citizenship application and fee waiver assistance for eligible adults (low income individuals residing in the City of Seattle, residents of the Seattle Housing Authority, and/or individuals receiving public assistance in Washington state)
  • Referrals for legal advice
Lutheran Community Services NW 115 NE 100th St., Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 694-5742210W. Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 747-8224223N. Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98403
(253) 272-84333600Main St. Suite 200
Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 694-5624
  • ESL classes
  • Naturalization services

Services vary by region.

Multi Cultural Self Sufficiency Movement 30819 14th Ave. S. #F
Federal Way, WA 9800
(253) 945-601011016 Bridgeport Way SW
Tacoma, WA 98499
(253) 584-5615
  • Consultation
  • Fee waiver eligibility check
  • Assistance with completing applications
  • Document reviews
  • Translation services
  • American history and civics education
  • Interview assistance
  • Case management
Neighborhood House 905 Spruce St., Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 461-8430
  • Citizenship-oriented ESL classes
  • Citizenship application assistance
  • Citizenship test study preparation
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project 121 Sunnyside Ave.
PO Box 270
Granger, WA 98932
(509) 854-2100615 2nd Ave. Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 957-86041119 Pacific Avenue, #1400
Tacoma, WA 98402
(206) 816-3893620 N. Emerson Avenue, Suite 201
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 570-0054
  • Citizenship assistance
  • DACA renewal assistance
  • Asylum assistance
  • Some legal assistance available
Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs – Seattle 700 5th Ave
Suite 1616
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 727-8515
  • Citizenship Clinics (consultation with immigration attorney)
  • ESL classes

Other services and programs available through partner community-based organizations.

Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest 2000 Tower Street
Everett, WA 98201-1352
(425) 388-9307
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Referrals
  • Obtain or renew work permits
  • Lost document replacement
  • Application assistance
  • Naturalization eligibility screening
  • Fee waiver eligibility screening
  • Citizenship classes
  • Biometrics requirement assistance
  • Interview preparation and assistance
Refugee Women’s Alliance 4008 M.L.King Way S.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 721-0243
  • Application assistance (N400, fee waiver, and medical disability waiver)
  • Citizenship classes
  • Citizenship clinic
  • Mock interviews
  • Legal representation at interview, as needed
  • Some legal assistance available
Sea Mar Community Health Centers 8915 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-4700
  • Application assistance
  • Citizenship classes
  • Referrals
St. James Cathedral 804 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 382-4511
  • ESL tutoring
  • Citizenship preparation tutoring
  • Naturalization application assistance
Tacoma Community House 1314 South L St.
Tacoma, WA 98415
(253) 383-3951
  • Citizenship classes
  • Application preparation assistance
  • U.S. Citizenship and Citizenship Education
  • Legal Permanent Residency (Green Cards)
  • Family-Based Immigration
  • Consular Processing
  • Adjustment of Status
  • General Consultation

General Resources:

Washington State Resources:

Many deportations cite a prior criminal history as a reason for deportation, regardless of an individual’s rehabilitation or even if the crime may have been minor. Gubernatorial pardons have become an increasingly common tool in fighting back against deportations, as they can eliminate grounds for deportation and open doors for citizenship and naturalization. You can read more about the role of pardons in the immigrants’ rights at Pardon: Immigrant Clemency Project.

In Washington State, pardons go through the Clemency and Pardons Board, which receives and reviews petitions from individuals, organizations and the Department of Corrections for commutation of sentences and pardoning. If approved by the Board, the petition then goes to the Governor. A full guide from the Attorney’s General Office, including the application and instructions, is available here.

It is highly recommended to submit these forms with the consult of a trusted advocacy group and/or immigration lawyer. CAPAA does not provide legal assistance nor do we assist in casework.

For questions about the process, contact:

Jennifer Rheaume
Paralegal – Office of the Attorney General
Washington State Clemency and Pardons Board Support Staff
P.O. Box 40116
Olympia, WA 98504
360-586-0047
CPBoard@atg.wa.gov

NWIRP DACA Portal

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) has many resources available for DACA recipients, organized under their DACA Portal Page.

DACA Renewals

The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP) holds free monthly virtual DACA clinics to assist clients seeking to renew their DACA status. To secure a spot in one of their virtual DACA clinics, call the DREAMLine (1-855-313-7326) from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Please contact them at least six months before your DACA status is set to expire to minimize the risk of a lapse in your DACA status. (Please note that NWIRP is not assisting with initial DACA applications at this time.)

DACA Application Forms

USCIS’ “Frequently Asked Questions” Page

Other Resources for DACA Recipients

Keep Washington Working

Washington State is dedicated to being a state where the rights and dignity of all residents are maintained and protected, including our undocumented residents. In 2019, the Legislature passed E2SSB 5497, creating a work group to address statewide policy on supporting Washington’s economy and immigrants’ role in the workplace.

You can follow their work at https://www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/keep-washington-working/

Financial Aid for College

Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who cannot file, or do not wish to file, a federal FAFSA financial aid application for various reasons:

  • Immigration status/undocumented
  • Defaulted federal loans
  • Repayments owed on federal grants
  • Unable to provide selective service confirmation
  • U.S. citizen applicants with undocumented parents/family members who do not wish to file a FAFSA

To check your eligibility for the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), go to https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/wasfa-washington-application-state-financial-aid

The Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), located in Tacoma, is a privately-run immigrant detention center. It is the only immigrant detention center in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the largest in the country. You can read more about the NWDC using this guide from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), which includes information on visitation, phone calls, bond hearings, immigration court, and more.

Emergency Preparedness for Those at Risk of Deportation
Immigrant Defense Project Resource List Power of attorney form, action plan during a raid, HIPPA form, plan for financial needs, and other resources including tips on how to avoid frauds and scams. Several of the materials are available in Spanish and English.

The following resources are for impacted Khmer, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese, Mien, and Khmu individuals and communities at risk of deportation.

Southeast Asian Raids

​Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has carried out a series of devastating raids on Southeast Asian refugee communities. The website http://searaids.org was created by non-profit and community organizations like Viet Unity, VietLead, SEARAC, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and more. This site provides resources and up-to-date information for people facing deportation to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Know Your Rights cards are available in English, Khmer, Hmong, and Vietnamese here: http://searaids.org/know-your-rights

National Southeast Asian Raid Hotline: (415) 952-0413

SEARAC | Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

SEARAC is a national civil rights organization that empowers Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese American communities to create a socially just and equitable society. As representatives of the largest refugee community ever resettled in the United States, SEARAC stands together with other refugee communities, communities of color, and social justice movements in pursuit of social equity.

Khmer Anti-deportation Advocacy Group of Washington State (KhAAG)

KhAAG came together in response to ramped up I.C.E raids in our communities in Washington State and nationwide. Many affected families are unaware of the lasting reach of changing policies that shape deportation enforcement and are caught off guard when their loved ones are still being targeted decades after paying their debt to society. KhAAG (pronounced CAGE) organizes to provide support, resources, and guidance to our communities directly impacted by I.C.E.

In partnership with NWIRP and Seattle Clemency Project, an intake form is located here for Pardon/Clemency assistance: https://www.khaagwa.org/nwirp-in-take-form.html

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN)

Response Toolkit: https://bit.ly/2LhOpg0

Call 844-RAID-REP (844–724–3737)
Text message alert system: text “JOIN” to 253–201–2833
Website: www.waisn.org
Accompaniment Volunteer Sign Up: http://bit.ly/2x60xY2
Donate to Fair Fight Bond Fund: https://fairfightbondfund.org/donate

WAISN Rapid Response Webinar Trainings: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/waisn-rapid-response-webinar-trainings/

La Resistencia

Grassroots undocumented-led movement that works to end the detention of immigrants and stop all deportations. Under the umbrella of the national #Not1More campaign, La Resistencia supports and follows the leadership of those detained at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington, demanding better treatment and conditions and to stop all deportations.

Report a raid toll free: (800) 357-3196
Website: https://www.nwdcresistance.org

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

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

Website: https://www.nwirp.org/
Intake form for help: https://www.nwirp.org/get-help

King County residents or those who work in Seattle in need of legal services for their immigration case call (206) 816-3870 to find out if you qualify.
Non-detained, other Western WA Residents call: (800) 445-5771
If detained in Tacoma at NWDC, e-mail tacoma@nwirp.org with Name, DOB and Alien #.
All other case inquiries email: tsuintake@nwirp.org

The National Korean American Services & Education Consortium (NAKASEC):  24/7 immigration hotline in Korean & English:1-800-500-3222

ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union has a number of helpful resources that addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. The booklet is for citizens and non-citizens, with information for non-citizens in a separate section. Please note that while this booklet is informative and accurate, it is not a substitute for legal advice. We’ve included links to this downloadable pamphlet in several languages below:

English | Arabic | Urdu | Farsi | Hindi | Punjabi | Somali | Español | Français

Emergency Preparedness for Those at Risk of Deportation
Immigrant Defense Project Resource List Power of attorney form, action plan during a raid, HIPPA form, plan for financial needs, and other resources including tips on how to avoid frauds and scams. Several of the materials are available in Spanish and English.

Crowdsourced ICE Raid Resources

The following crowdsourced throughout advocacy communities active in anti-deportation work: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Tnttyb5GvowqJwOf8BD2KyysuTqBB_Guoyw7Juxy9gg/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR3w0ln4wA1G_9_j1jR-FLidnbyvWYfdXxePhsW3QX3v7blHS7Oik6SHMRs