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The City of San José’s Office of Immigrant Affairs was established in 2015 for the purpose of creating a more informed, engaged, and welcoming experience for immigrants; increase opportunities for shared prosperity, and aim at becoming the most successful multi-cultural city in the world.

Here you will find information about organizations equipped to serve you and a list of informational events in San José.

Proposed Public Charge Rule Change Information
The Trump Administration announced on September 22, 2018 that they were making changes to the "public charge" regulation that is taken as one of several factors in granting legal residency and visas for those coming to the U.S. The proposed rule, if finalized as drafted, would upend decades of immigration law, jeopardize City residents' use of essential safety-net benefits and services, and undermine City policies that have helped its communities to thrive.

The proposed language for the rule was published in the Public Registry on October 10, 2018, and the public has until December 10 to submit a comment. We ask that if you are concerned with the proposed rule change you should submit a comment. Keep in mind that all comments need to be unique or they will not count as an additional comment.

Read the new language
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Public Charge Fact Sheet
Submit a comment on the public charge rule change

The Governor's Office Has Launched the California Immigrant Guide
This tool provides information on state-funded programs benefitting immigrants in California. The website can be found at The website currently highlights four main programs: Learn English, Find Jobs, and Training, Education, and Legal Help and Citizenship.

Given the recent rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the website has information for DACA grantees on accessing legal services to renew, as well as information on the impact of the decision on key state programs.                                                                   

Collaborative Rapid Response Hotline Now Available!
Community leaders and immigrant empowerment organization has reaffirmed their commitment to keep families together and supporting those impacted by immigration enforcement by launching a new RAPID RESPONSE HOTLINE to call for immediate support if ICE comes to your home, workplace or neighborhood, or to report a raid.

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