Hello and welcome!
We are glad that you are here and would like you to stay. The resources in this guide are for members of our community who want to become U.S. Citizens or who need help with their immigration status.
If you have other questions about life in the Colorado, please see our Community Resource Guide.
Our library staff is here to help you, so please Ask a Librarian and one of our knowledgeable librarians will help answer your questions. You can also call Arapahoe Libraries directly at 303-542-7279.
- Assistance for refugees and asylees
- Citizenship: application and study resources
- Community support: organizations that provide training and help to immigrants
- Governmental agencies
- Immigrant and detainee rights
- Legal services and self-help
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS), is the government agency in charge of lawful immigration to the United States. On their website, you will find the forms and information needed to apply for all kinds of visas, as well as apply for citizenship. Website: www.uscis.gov
On their website, you can:
- Get Immigration and Citizenship Forms (including green card, citizenship, employment authorization, adjustment of status and other application forms)
- Check the status of your application and update your contact information
- Read about the latest changes to the immigration process and understand the law
To find someone detained by ICE use this website: https://locator.ice.gov/odls/ You will need the following information:
- first and last name
- country of origin
- A-number (alien number) and/or date of birth
Use this website to find the latest rules on COVID-19 restrictions for border crossings, border wait times, the Trusted Traveler program and more.
Asylum seekers and other individuals in immigration court proceedings can retrieve their most recent I-94 form here: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/
Your rights as an immigrant
- information about your rights in various community situations, including police interactions, detention, court proceedings and more
Living in Limbo guide by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- rights and obligations of those living without immigration status (sometimes referred to as undocumented) in the United States
- information about pathways to legal status, lawful ways to make money and support your family and much more.
- printable handout on preparing for ICE activity, immigrant rights and next steps
Avoid immigration scams by the Federal Trade Commission
- an article explaining typical fraud and scams in immigration services
Citizenship: Application and study resources
The USCIS encourages everyone to file their citizenship application (N-400) online: https://www.uscis.gov/n-400 . The agency has put together a step-by-step video guide for filing an online application: https://youtu.be/sl5HbkUAVh4 (to get subtitles in your language, use the Auto-translate tool in the settings of the video)
Use the USCIS naturalization eligibility tool to check if you are ready to apply now or should wait and/or gather additional information.
Citizenship materials in the library
- Library Materials on Citizenship
- Study for Citizenship Online Any Time at Learning Express Library (use your library card to log in)
- Use the Legal Information Reference Center to research the citizenship process and learn important vocabulary (use your library card to log in)
Citizenship preparation tools online
- Learn and practice for the Naturalization Test with learning tools from the Smithsonian Institute
- View the video information from USCIS to understand the current naturalization process:
There are organizations in our community that organize citizenship classes and workshops, assist with N-400 filings and interview preparation and can review your application.
Librarians cannot provide legal advice, but can help you practice the 100 civics questions for the citizenship interview. Use the Ask a Librarian form to schedule an appointment.
- Call 202-507-7600
- Look for an immigration lawyer
- Online information about immigration
- Call 303-742-4971
- You do not have to be Catholic. They help everyone. Services are not free, and they will ask for a small payment (about $35)
- Legal support for immigrants and Citizenship applications
- Call 303-718-8289 (Español), 303-894-8000 (English)
- Free immigration services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking
- Immediate help for victims of crimes as well as trauma counseling, case management and support groups
- Specific programs for children, families and the elderly
- Translation and interpretation services
- Call 303-837-1313
- Legal services for low-income individuals on civil matters, including domestic violence, housing issues, healthcare and public benefits
- Spanish-speaking staff are available
- Call 303-839-1008
- Free bilingual legal representation for immigration, family law, bankruptcy and other general civil matter cases
- Free legal nights and consultations. Please call the number above to schedule your visit
Littleton Immigrant Resource Center at Bemis Public Library
- Call 303-795-3968
- ELA classes and one-on-one English tutoring for a small fee
- Affordable legal services for immigration matters, including filing citizenship application and other basic forms
- Call 303-433-2812
- Free legal representation for immigrants in detention and immigrant children who have suffered from violence, abuse or neglect
- Legal support for detained individuals
- Call 303-295-2001
- Free legal services for victims of violent crime (Victims must be current residents of Colorado or victims of crimes that occurred in the state)
Online Resources on Immigration and Citizenship
- Self-help resources from the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Action Network (RMIAN)
- Self-help resources and immigration education from Hello USA
Learn about your rights and prepare for citizenship with these organizations:
- Citizenship preparation workshops
- Provides a place to stay, food, visits and transportation for families that have family members in ICE custody. It is located in Aurora.
- Workshops on DACA renewal, tenant rights, and other immigrant rights topics
- Citizenship classes for older adults (55+)
- 947-622-2481 (call or text)
Assistance for Refugees and Asylees
These organizations can assist with basic navigation for newly arrived refugees, asylees and immigrants staying in the United States under temporary protected status (TPS) or special entry programs (U4U, P4V or SIV). These organizations can help with understanding local laws and services and connect you with the following resources:
- medical services,
- public school system,
- federal, state and local assistance programs (Social Security, food stamps, Medicaid, and other programs),
- public transportation,
- cultural and job training.
- Call: 303-399-4500
- 925 S. Niagara St. Suite 200
Denver, CO 80224
- Call: 720-328-6655
- 1873 S. Bellaire St. 5th Floor
- Call: 303-980-5400
- 1035 Osage Street, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80204
- Call: 303-597-5000
- 3201 South Tamarac Dr.
Denver, CO 80231
Looking for more organizations that help immigrants and refugees integrate, learn and connect? Check out the Colorado Refugee Connect Directory for more information.