Immigration & Citizenship Services

Catholic Charities of Orange County Immigration and Citizenship services department purpose is to foster family unity, economic empowerment, civic participation, and social integration by providing low cost (or no cost depending on funding), high quality immigration services that enable eligible immigrants and refugees to obtain legal immigrant status or United States Citizenship. We provide services in Spanish, Vietnamese, French, Tagalog and English.


Our DOJ Accredited Immigration Counselors are willing and able to assist you on your journey to become a Naturalized United States Citizen.

The basic qualifications to apply for US Citizenship are:

  • Be a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) for at least 5 years, or 3 years if married to a U.S. Citizen
  • Have been physically living in the U.S continuously for the last 5 years
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be able to speak, read and write basic English
  • NOTE: Attend workshop to see if you qualify to take test in native language
  • Be able to pass a Civics test on U.S. history and government

Download Citizenship Information Packet (English)
Descargar el paquete de información de ciudadanía (Español)



Catholic Charities of Orange County is offering a free 12-week online course where you will learn the information necessary to pass the U.S. Citizenship test and prepare for your interview.  In-person classes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

You must have already submitted your citizenship application to USCIS to be eligible to register for this class.

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Our DOJ Accredited Immigration Counselors provide a wide variety of immigration services including the following:

  • Adjustment of Status
  • Family Visa Petitions
  • Consular Processing
  • DACA Applications (Initial and Renewal)
  • Parole In Place (for family of U.S. Military)
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Advance Parole
  • Fiancé Visas
  • Employment Authorization
  • Legal Permanent Resident Card Renewal
  • Removal of Conditional Residence
  • Fee Waiver
  • FOIA Requests
  • UVisas
  • VAWA
Immigration & Citizenship Services (Bilingual Flyer)

Removal Defense

The focus of the Removal Defense Team is to represent unaccompanied minors, children and adults in removal proceedings who are pursing humanitarian forms of relief, including Asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and relief for victims of crimes under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protections Act. We represent Non-Detained, Detained, and Bond Hearings clients.

Most immigration services will require a Free Immigration Consultation prior to your application being prepared.

daca services

Daca services


Citizenship Info Session

May 26, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


March 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


To schedule an appointment with our Immigration & Citizenship Services:


+1 714 – 347 – 9610 (English/Spanish)

+1 714 – 347 – 9622 (Vietnamese)



1800 E. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Frank Murphy | Program Director

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