Resources For Immigrants

Arlington’s Commitment to Strengthening Trust with our Immigrant Community

Draft Trust Policy Posted (June 2022)

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The County Board posted a Draft Trust Policy that will be presented at the June 2022 County Board Meeting. During the meeting, there will be opportunity for members of the public to offer commentThe draft policy lays out standards to protect confidentiality and enhance public trust, including:

  • Prohibiting the disclosure of information related to citizenship or immigration status. 
  • Federal immigration law is the sole responsibility of the Federal government and that use of County resources in such efforts is inappropriate.
  • Using County resources to provide access to any personal identifiable information to immigration enforcement officials is prohibited.
  • Employees shall not threaten, coerce, or intimidate anyone based on their citizenship or immigration status. 
  • No County resources may be used to assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals based on citizenship, immigration status, race, national or ethnic origin, language proficiency, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age. 
  • Arlington County does not and will not require any resident to provide proof of legal presence in order to access county government services unless required by Federal or State law. 

The County Board will make a final vote at its July County Board Meeting. For more information on the process, visit the County Board website

Public Safety

The role of Arlington County law enforcement is to keep our community safe, not to enforce federal immigration laws. The Arlington County Police will continue to work with residents, civic associations and others to maintain strong relationships vital to public safety. Learn more about the County’s enforcement policies.

Know Your Rights

There are many resources to learn about your rights, as well as information about the official path to Citizenship.

Legal Aid Services and Resources

The following organizations assist immigrants in need of legal help and other services such as power of attorney.

See the full list

Arlington County Resources

For Individuals

  • Citizenship Classes: The Arlington Community Outreach Program also offers free, virtual Citizenship Classes on weekday afternoons and evenings. Interested students should register for the classes by phone to ensure that they are eligible (or will soon be eligible) for naturalization and can speak, read and write basic English. Call 703-228-1198 to register and for more information.
  • Citizenship Scholarship: Arlington County offers a Citizenship Scholarship to pay the application fee charged by USCIS to those seeking to become U.S. citizens.  Arlington residents, as well as those who work in Arlington and those who attend Arlington citizenship classes are eligible based on their household income. Contact Susan at sstolpe@arlingtonva.us or 703-228-1198 for more information.
  • Hogar Immigrant Services Naturalization Workshops: Catholic Charities’ Hogar Immigrant Services conducts periodic Naturalization Workshops to assist eligible applicants in completing U.S. citizenship applications. Call 703-534-9805 for the dates of upcoming workshops.
  • Housing & Eviction Resources: Arlington County’s housing and rental assistance programs seek to help tenants facing eviction.
  • Food Resources: The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is committed to providing free supplemental groceries to any Arlington County resident who cannot afford to purchase enough food for themselves or their families. Open to all regardless of race, religion, immigration status, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, first language, gender, or disability. Learn more about AFAC. Additionally, find an interactive map of all County free food resources.
  • Watch: Employment Rights of Immigrants & Non-Citizens Forum
  • Watch: US Naturalization Ceremony in Arlington County

For Organizations

 

County Support of Legal Aid and Other Services

Arlington County provides support to the following organizations that provide legal aid and other services to immigrants:

  • Legal Aid Justice Center April 2, 2019 Amendment #1 to Grant to Legal Aid Justice Center for Immigration Legal Aid Servicesto help low-income immigrant workers and their families build assets and increase self-sufficiency by offering legal assistance and information
  • Ayudato provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants eligible for humanitarian remedies, including consultations, case representations and information
  • Just Neighbors: for on-site legal clinics to help immigrants receive work authorizations, facilitate family unification, and assist with domestic violence issues
  • Edu Futuro Emerging Leaders: to empower immigrant youth to achieve academically and enhance their leadership abilities through after-school programming
  • Liberty’s Promise: to provide an internship and after-school civic engagement program for low-income immigrant youth at Wakefield High School

Local, State and Federal Policy Statements on Immigration

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State

Federal

 

Please note: This page contains links to several resources and organizations outside of Arlington County Government. The presence of these links does not imply, and should not be interpreted as endorsement, sanction, approval or authorization of these sites or their content. Arlington County Government makes no guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, concerning the content or accuracy of any material on any external website links.