Family Petitions

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

Use your application receipt number to check your case status online.

This interactive map and search engine that will help you find legal assistance near you.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

In order to apply for a Green Card, you must be eligible under one of the categories listed below. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

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Download your immigration forms online.

Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, USCIS established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types.

You may file an appeal on some unfavorable decisions to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

A comprehensive resource on how ICE raids work, your rights, and what you and your community can do to stop criminalization and deportation.

Petition for certain family members to receive either a green card, a fiancee visa or a K-3/K-4 Visa.

Field Offices handle scheduled interviews on non-asylum related applications.

You can use this dictionary to quickly look up a definition or explanation for a topic.

Your status determines which relatives may be eligible to receive immigration benefits.

As a battered spouse, child or parent, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

How can LSC help you? What are my options for living in the U.S. legally? Information about Legal Rights. What services does LSC provide for undocumented youth? Do you live outside of the San Francisco and Alameda Counties?

The Attorney General's guide on avoiding scams targeting immigrants and their families in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

The process varies depending on the origin country.

Immigration Equality's expert legal staff prepared and is proud to share this legal library so that LGBTQ immigrants, their loved ones and their representatives can find the accurate and relevant legal information they need.

Form fees, eligibility requirements, fee waiver eligibility, required documents, and mailing addresses vary depending on the form you are filing and why you are filing.

Find information on Student & Visitor Visas, Work Visas, LGBT issues, and HIV-Based Immigration.