Services

All potential clients must attend a walk-in consultation with the Immigration and Citizenship program to become a client.

General immigration consultations are held every Friday morning at 8:00AM at our BakerRipley location at 6500 Rookin St., Houston, TX. 77074. General consultations cost $30 in cash or check.

Consultations for Citizenship and the renewal of a Permanent Residency card are held at
8:00AM at Baker-Ripley on Fridays or
9:00AM on Tuesday mornings at Ripley House on 4410 Navigation Blvd. Houston, TX. Citizenship consultations are free of charge.
All consultations are given on a first come, first serve basis.

Ability to accept an immigration legal case is based on the facts of each case and our staff’s capacity to manage the case. Please bring all documents that you have related to your case for a comprehensive consultation. Case fees vary depending on the type of case. Below is a list of types of cases that our office accepts when capacity permits:

• Citizenship
• Residency Renewal
• Adjustment of
• VAWA
• T-Visa
• Asylum

For questions or inquiries about the types of cases we accept, please call our immigration hotline at 713.273.3707.

Please note that our office currently does not have the capacity to accept cases that involve deportation, deportation defense, or immigration court. If your case involves these conditions, we strongly encourage you to contact the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative for referrals on other agencies that can accept the case.

Citizenship
Our program offers Citizenship services to community members free of charge. Come see if you qualify for Citizenship by attending a walk-in consultation on Friday at Baker Ripley or Tuesday at Ripley House. You must bring your permanent resident card (“Green Card”) or other proof of your permanent residence. Please note that though our services are free, USCIS still requires a $725 fee to process your application for citizenship. However, if you are receiving means-tested benefits or earn 150% below the poverty line, you may be eligible for a fee waiver.

If those dates are not convenient, the Immigration and Citizenship program also hosts Citizenship Forums on one Saturday of the month in different areas around Houston. At our monthly forums, you will receive a legal screening with an immigration attorney to determine whether you are eligible for citizenship. If you are eligible, volunteers will help fill out your form for citizenship. You will also receive educational materials to begin studying for the civics exam. Please visit our Citizenship Forum page for more detailed information.

For further information, please feel free to call our immigration hotline at 713.273.3707

Citizenship Forums
Community members who think they might be eligible for Citizenship may attend one of our monthly Citizenship Forums to learn whether they qualify. Forums are held one Saturday out of every month at varying locations across Houston. Please see the flyer schedule below, or visit our BakerRipley calendar for the information on upcoming forums. (https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/events)
Citizenship forums are limited to the first 75 people that arrive. You will receive a thorough legal consultation with an immigration attorney to determine whether you qualify for citizenship. If you do qualify, a volunteer will assist you in filling out the required forms for Citizenship, you will be provided with all the information you need to send your packet to USCIS, and receive study materials to prepare for the civics examination during your interview.

For further information, please feel free to call our immigration hotline at 713.273.3707

Other Documents

Citizenship Forum Schedule
What to Expect at the Forum

Citizenship Classes
The BakerRipley Immigration and Citizenship program also offers a free course to prepare for United States citizenship. The course integrates 40 hours of English Second Language listening, reading, writing, and oral skills and covers civics lessons on U.S. History and Government as required for the naturalization interview. The classes are held on an 8-10 week cycle and offered quarterly at both our Baker Ripley and our Ripley House locations. While in class, students simulate mock interviews, participate in USCIS events, and receive free textbooks and resources to prepare for their interview. (Link to immigration site homepage)
Citizenship classes are also offered in Spanish for community members that meet the exam requirement in their native language, Spanish.

What do I need to enroll in the course?
• Attend registration on the designated date
• Provide a valid permanent resident card during registration
• Speak, read, and write basic English unless;
• You have been a permanent resident for 15 years or longer and are 55 years of age or older;
• You have been a permanent resident for 20 years or longer and are 50 years of age or older;
• take a pre-exam and a post-exam on a designated date

Please see our Citizenship Flyer (English | Spanish) for the most up to date class registration information.

Visit the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center for comprehensive and interactive study materials to help you prepare for the Naturalization exam.
Curious about what the exam might look like? Take this practice exam now!

For further information, please feel free to call our immigration hotline at 713.273.3707

Know Your Rights

Our priority as the Immigration and Citizenship program is to ensure that all of our community members are safe and feel secure. In order to ensure the safety of all of our community members, our program has compiled the following informational packet for distribution and use.

Family and Safety Preparedness Packet English | Spanish

For further information, please feel free to call our immigration hotline at 713.273.3707 or attend a walk-in consultation.