A number of community organizations in San Mateo County dedicate themselves to helping immigrants in diverse situations that require the help of an attorney. Below are some organizations that assist in a variety of legal capacities.
Have Immigration Questions? Here are some frequently used immigration resources
- San Mateo County Rapid Response Hotline
- Submit your Citizenship Application Electronically. Learn how to here!
- USCIS Multilingual Resources
- Eligibility requirements to apply for citizenship
- Study materials for the civics exam
- Citizenship resources in other languages
- Check the status of a current case
- Find a USCIS civil surgeon near you
- Check USCIS case processing times
For a downloadable and printable list of Immigration Legal Service Providers in San Mateo County click the link!
Immigration and Legal Services
In need of immigration assistance? The organizations below can help, whether you are trying to get a visa, seeking asylum in this country, renewing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), applying for permanent residency under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or applying to become a U.S. citizen, among other situations. Contact one of the organizations below to get the help you need for free, or at a low cost.
ImmigrationLawHelp.org is a searchable online directory of over 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Only nonprofits that are DOJ recognized or have attorneys on staff are included in the directory.
African Advocacy Network
AAN's mission is to make the African Advocacy Network an outstanding social and immigration legal service provider for African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants through the delivery of quality services by BIA Accredited staff in a culturally and linguistically- supportive environment.
938 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
API Legal Outreach staff attorneys represent and counsel immigrants in immigration court, naturalization, adjustment of status, DACA, and complex motions for relief for immigrants who had been abused by their citizen spouses, subjugated by human traffickers, or victimized by violent criminal activity such as attempted murder and rape.
1121 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bay Area Legal Aid
Bay Area Legal Aid's San Mateo County Office provides free legal assistance to low-income domestic violence survivors in San Mateo County in the areas of family law, immigration law, housing law, and economic justice law. Bay Area Legal Aid assists in immigration issues faced by domestic violence survivors, such as Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Advice Line: 650-472-2666
1048 El Camino Real, Suite A, Redwood City, CA 94063
Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services
Immigration attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representatives help immigrants apply for citizenship, adjustment of status, VAWA and U-visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, petitioning for family members, and DACA.
36 37th Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Provides representation in immigration legal services, including representation for cases such as political asylum, citizenship, family visa petitions, temporary protected status, adjustment of status, employment authorization, deferred action (DACA), T and U visas, violence against women act (VAWA), suspension of deportation, and cancellation of removal.
3101 Mission Street S, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative at Coastside hope helps those seeking permanent residency and citizenship. They also offer free citizenship prep classes to help those apply for Naturlization.
99 Avenue Alhambra #1089, El Granada, CA 94018
Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto
Immigration attorneys help local residents with immigration processes which include U visa applications and VAWA self-petitions, removal defense, ICE raids defense and community education, SIJS petitions, DACA applications, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, state or federal criminal background checks, and work permit renewals.
2117-B University Avenue East Palo Alto, CA 94303
1861 Bay Road East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Immigration Services of Mountain View
Immigration Services of Mountain View's California-licensed attorneys, specialize in Immigration and Naturalization law. Applications they assist with include U Visa, VAWA, DACA, Request for Fee Waivers, Permanent Residence, Citizenship, Petition for Alien Relative, Provisional Waiver, TPS, Naturalization, and Petitions for Alien Relatives.
1058 W Evelyn Ave, Suite 30, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
International Institute of the Bay Area
Immigration attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representatives assist with citizenship, DACA, family petitions, adjustment of status, removal of conditions, U-visas, VAWA, TPS, employment authorization, FOIA's, travel documents, replacement of permanent residence cards, and represent them throughout the application process.
2600 Middlefield Road Redwood City, CA 94063
La Raza Centro Legal
La Raza Centro Legal provides assistance to Spanish-speaking and assists victims of crime and asylum seekers, help individuals who are petitioning for family members to this country, applying for legal residency or citizenship, renewing their green card and work permits and fighting deportation, DACA, and fee waivers for extremely low income clients.
474 Valencia Street, Suite 295, San Francisco, CA 94103
Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
Provides legal advice and counsel on civil matters to low income individuals, families and groups. Provide pro-bono immigration services to teen parents and their families who have been victims with assistance and representation on immigration applications such as VAWA, U-visa's, DACA, deportation defense, etc.
330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 123, Redwood City, CA 94065
Pangea Legal Services
Pangea provides low bono and pro bono legal services that include representation in affirmative and defensive asylum, cancellation of removal, DACA, U-visa, family based petitions, consular processing, removal proceedings and those who are at risk of deportation or revocation of legal status.
350 Sansome St, Ste 650, San Francisco, CA 94104
Services include screening, assessment, counsel and advice, and/or full-scale legal representation that includes gender-based asylum, violence Against Women’s Act Petitions , T Visas (for survivors of trafficking), U Visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (for abused, abandoned, or neglected children).
881 Sneath Lane, Suite 115, San Bruno, CA 94066
Housing and Legal Services
Immigrants have rights under the Fair Housing Act, regardless of their immigration status. A number of San Mateo County organizations can help if you are facing eviction or a rent increase, harassment or discrimination by a landlord or are living in an unhealthy or unsafe home. Find out what you can do to remain in your home - contact one of the organizations below to get the information and help you need for free, or at a low cost.
Employment Legal Services
If you were denied wages or work benefits you earned, sustained a workplace injury, need more information about family leave laws or are experiencing sex/gender discrimination or harassment at work, get guidance or counseling to help resolve your problem. Contact one of the organizations below to get the help you need for free, or at a low cost.
Translation & Other Legal Services
Navigating a world without knowing the language can be extremely challenging. We’ve put together a list of organizations that provide translation services to help you get past the language barrier and achieve your goals.
- Fair Oaks Community Center
- National Office for Tongan/Pacific American Affairs
- San Mateo Japanese American Community Center
- El Concilio Emergency Services Partnership
- Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
- Chinese Newcomers Service Center
- Japanese Newcomers Services- Nobiru Kai Inc.
- Salvation Army- Redwood City Corps
Other Legal Services
If you are a victim of a crime, including violent crimes, and need an attorney, there are organizations in San Mateo County dedicated to helping you. Other organizations focus on workers’ rights and provide legal advice to low-income, working families or advocate for our community’s youth. Contact one of the organizations below to get the help you need for free, or at a low cost.
Legal Services Referral Networks
If you need an attorney and are not sure where to start, one of the organizations below can lead you in the right direction through their referral service. You don’t have to keep guessing about where to go - call their information line for advice or referral to an attorney.
Family Law Service
Bay Area Consultants
Many countries have consulates in the Bay Area. Find out if your country is among them and find links to their websites.