The Department of Homeland Security is charged with enforcing and administering laws related to immigration and naturalization in conjunction with the Attorney General and the Department of State. The Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, was created in 1952. Before the INA, a variety of statutes governed immigration (see 8 U.S.C. §§ 1 – 18), but were not organized in one location. Public Law No. 82-414 collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. The INA has been amended many times over the years, but is still the basic body of immigration law.
McGeorge School of Law
3455 Fifth Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95817
Academic year only. Typically open for intake during June/July and November/December for one to two weeks.
Low-income clients are provided legal assistance with immigration matters, including referrals, legal advice and other brief assistance and also direct representation in adjustment of status and naturalization matters, including family petitions and specialized visas, such as U Visas and T Visas.
1111 Howe Avenue, Suite 125
Sacramento, CA 95825
- Family-based Immigration
- Victims of Crime Visas and Petitions
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- Refugee Adjustment of Status
- Other immigration related matters
Services not provided:
- Asylum, removal proceedings, fiancee visas.
Eligibility: Must be low income.
Call for an appointment: (916) 313-7604
Free citizenship consultations: Wednesday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services offers low-cost immigration legal services on immigration matters including family-based visa petitions, waivers of inadmissibility, naturalization and citizenship applications, adjustment of status, petition to remove conditions on residence, consular proceedings, visas for victims of crime and domestic violence and refugee/asylee relative petition.
COVID-19 update: Office closed, but remote services are still available. Call for assistance.
Every Monday, 10am – 4pm
2020 Hurley Way, Ste 420
(916) 482-0120 x 350
First come, first serve
Consultation fee: $25
Legal Aid and Resources for Immigrants
Forms for immigration services are available on government websites at no charge. Avoid scammers who ask you to pay for them.
These websites provide more information about researching immigration laws and procedures.