Our Mission...​
   IMPORTA is committed to the integration of Santa Barbara’s large immigrant population into the mainstream of our county's civic life.

IMPORTA believes that fluency in English and a path to citizenship are key elements in the successful integration of Santa Barbara County's immigrant population. 

To facilitate the integration process, IMPORTA...
 Developed and received Justice Department approval for the County’s first non-profit immigration legal program with authority to represent clients before the USCIS which has enabled us to 

• Has provided legal representation for hundreds of local immigrants in obtaining citizenship, DACA (for undocumented immigrants brought here as children), Adjustment of Status, and Asylum. 

• Was the only organization in Santa Barbara County to receive a California state grant under the OneCalifornia program to provide free naturalization and DACA services. During the early months of the program IMPORTA has filed hundreds of DACA and naturalization applications without charge. Clients have come to IMPORTA for its high-quality services from the entire Southern California region.  

AdditionallyIMPORTA is working to develop and support

• Recreational, educational, and vocational training programs for immigrant youth and 

• Projects and programs that build mutual trust and cultural understanding between Santa Barbara’s immigrant community and the established non-immigrant community.

 Links to Pages 

IMPORTA is authorized by the Justice Department to represent and provide legal counsel for low-income immigrants 

Naturalization for Green Card holders wishing to become citizens 
Consultations for those with immigration problems, including possible deportation
Adjustment of Status, Hardship Waivers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-visa, Asylum, and almost every other petition or applicaton to the USCIS. We also work with pro-bono attorneys on removal defense.
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129 East Carrillo Street
importasb@gmail.com (805) 604-5060
a BIA-recognized non-profit provider of        immigration legal  services
To make an appointment, leave a message on our voice mail number 
Para hacer una cita, deje un mensaje en nuestro correo de voz
(805) 604-5060
IMPORTA provides free representation for all applications filed by low-income clients.

1. If your work permit expires on September 5 of this year through March 5 of next year, you may apply for renewal of your DACA and work permit:

        But the application must be received by        the USCIS on or before October 5, 2017.

2. IMPORTA and Immigrant Hope are the only two local non-profits authorized to legally represent immigrants. Both organizations will be filing renewals for clients without charge. The two organizations are cooperating on DACA renewal workshops as well.

 You may sign up for workshops-see IMPORTA's Facebook page for details. Donations and grants will pay the $495 government fee for all our low-income DACA clients.

3. All work permits remain valid through their expiration date. Unfortunately, if your work permit expired before September 5, 2017, you may not renew it. (We believe that you will be able to renew if it expires before the USCIS receives your renewal, but we are still checking this out.)
IMPORTA strongly recommends that all 
eligible Legal Permanent Residents begin the
 process of becoming citizens by naturalizing.
Many green card holders have live for decades in the United States without taking the steps required to become citizens. They feel that their English is not good enough to qualify or that it will cost more than they can afford to pay. However, over the past fifteen years, more and more green card holders have been deported, some for minor crimes that occurred long in the past. Deportations of green card holders will significantly increase when Trump becomes President. IMPORTA's representation in naturalization applications is free for persons with low incomes, and over 50% of our immigration clients receive government fee waivers, so the entire process is free. IMPORTA carefully screens each applicant to make sure that your application is safe and that it will be successful.
IMPORTA'S advice for undocumented immigrants
1. Schedule a consultation to analyze your situation 2. Learn as much English as possible  3. Be a positive force in your local community 4. Pay income taxes  5. Don't get drunk, fight, or use drugs 6. Keep your vehicle in good and legal condition          7. Minimize driving  8. If you have had trouble with the police in the past, consider moving to another community (Los Angeles is probably the safest place for undocumented immigrants).