Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program

Assisting Immigrants and Refugees with Legal Immigration Services

The Northwest is home to thousands of immigrants who contribute to the fabric of our society.

Our Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program (ICAP) provides low-cost immigration counseling services to refugees and immigrants in Portland, Beaverton, and Salem, Oregon along with Vancouver, Tacoma and Seattle, Washington.

We have offered immigration legal services since 1979. As the needs of our clients have grown, we now provide immigrant rights advocacy, community education and help for our clients in becoming independent and fully-integrated members of American society.

Immigration Services

Our ICAP staff is well-trained and experienced in immigration matters. Our vision is to help refugees and immigrants become self-sufficient and adapt to their communities. We have staff and counselors who work with clients in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Korean and Arabic.


We have immigration attorneys who can handle complex cases and represent our clients in Immigration Court. Our Immigration Counseling is provided or supervised by accredited representatives who have permission to give immigration advice by the Department of Justice.


We counsel clients about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to their immigration status, helps clients with all immigration forms and applications, and represents clients before the U.S.C.I.S. and Immigration Court.

Services We Provide

Areas where we provide immigration services include:

  • Survivors of human trafficking (T visa)
  • Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse ( VAWA)
  • Passport and Travel Documents (refugee travel documents, re-entry permits)
  • Diversity Lottery
  • Translation and Notary Services
  • Passport Photos & Fingerprint
  • Other types of assistance on a case by case basis

Location and Hours

Making an Appointment and Hours


Portland, OR

605 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
To schedule an appointment please call: 503-731-9580 or 503-231-7480.
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Fri: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM


Beaverton, OR

3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 288; Beaverton, OR 97005
To schedule an appointment please call: 503-924-2448
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Salem, OR – Coming Soon!


Vancouver, WA

3600 Main Street, Suite 200 • Vancouver, WA 98663
To schedule an appointment please call: 360-694-5624
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Fri: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM


Seattle, WA

115 NE 100th Street, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98125
To schedule an appointment please call: 206-694-5742
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM; Fri:  8:30 AM – 3:00 PM


Tacoma, WA – Coming Soon!


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Citizenship Classes (Oregon)

Gaining citizenship allows refugees and immigrants to achieve permanence and safety in the United States. With citizenship they can participate in our democracy by voting or even seeking political office.

Our free classes teach students English language skills and knowledge of U.S. history and civics needed to pass the citizenship exam. Classes are offered each week at different locations. We offer assistance with the N-400 Application for Citizenship, the Disability Waiver, Request for reduced fee and the Naturalization Application Fee Waiver.

Free Citizenship ESL classes are offered quarterly in the Portland Metro Area. The spring term begins in April at:

To become a citizen, a person must have resided in the United States as a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen, have good moral character, and meet the physical presence requirements. The Naturalization process has 2 major components:

  1. The N-400 application 
  2. The Naturalization Exam and  Interview: N-400 questions interview, knowledge of 100 civics questions, and the English reading and writing test.

Citizenship candidates must complete and submit the N-400 application, answer all of the oral interview questions, pass the civics and history exam, and write one sentence and read one sentence in English. The Citizenship Exam and Interview  is conducted in English unless the applicant meets an age requirement or can prove that they have a disability that hinders their ability to take the exam in English. If you have lived in the U.S. for 20 years and are 50 years old, or have lived in the U.S. for 15 years and are 55 years old, you are eligible to take the exam in your native language.

To enroll in Citizenship Classes, contact us at 503-731-9585.

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