Finding Your Way: Immigration/Citizenship
For more information on citizenship, see the library’s
Citizenship Information Guide.
For more information about English classes, see Education for
International Institute of Boston
1 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109
The International Institute of Boston (IIB) works to increase refugees’ and immigrants’ access to services needed in the resettlement process. Legal assistance—with green cards, citizenship, deportation, asylum, reunification, certain other immigration issues—is available at the rate of $35 for 30 minutes. Other services include job placement services, financial and small-business assistance, and English classes. Many languages spoken.
Greater Boston Legal Services
197 Friend St., Boston, MA 02114
Telephone: 617-371-1234 / 800-323-3205
Hours: Intake Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Provides help for many issues, including immigration.
International Institute of Lowell
144 Merrimack, Suite 202, Lowell
Asylum. Provides legal services for immigrants.
Jewish Family Services of MetroWest
475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham, MA 01701
Assistance (including application help, English and civics training) to legal immigrants in the citizenship process. Their New American program assists people from the former Soviet Union, from their initial resettlement in the community through their citizenship. Five levels of English classes are offered for Russian-speaking senior citizens. The Russian Youth Enrichment Program offers Russian-language classes, story hours, art classes, and more.
Catholic Charities: Refugee and Immigration Services
75 Kneeland St. (8th floor), Boston, MA 02111
Telephone: 617-482-5440 / 617-482-9737
Free hotline: Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 am-11:00 am (immigration); Tuesday and Wednesday, 2:00-5:00 pm
Consultations: Wednesday: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm; 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Asylum applications, naturalization services, family law, removal hearings, and work authorizations. $25.00 fee. Portuguese, Spanish, and Haitian Creole spoken.
Mayor’s Office Of New Bostonians
One City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02201
Provides help to new immigrants. Holds regular clinics to assist people with issues regarding immigration.
MIRA (Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition)
Provides advocacy on behalf of immigrants.
Immigration and Citizenship Forms
To obtain these forms go to Immigration & Naturalization Service at JFK Federal Building (Government Center T Stop). Forms are available on the 5th floor. Also, you can call the INS Forms Request Line at 1-800-870-3676. Leave the name and number of the form that you want, your name, and your mailing address.
Many forms are available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
website, www.uscis.gov. Select Immigration
There is no central place where documents can be easily translated. Sometimes the public schools have lists of people who can translate documents. The consulate from your country may be able to do translation for a fee. There are a number of nationality-based religious groups that can assist you in finding a translator.
To find telephone numbers for consulate offices in Boston, look in the government pages of the Boston Verizon Yellow Pages or ask at the public library.