Swap Meet Justice

  • February’s mini-workshops

    Swap Meet Justice Citizenship Fair

    Volunteer immigration lawyers and community members answer questions about immigration and fill out USCIS paperwork for citizenship, DACA and green card renewals, as well as voter registration and Selective Service applications. Forms for fee waivers for those qualified will be filled out as well. We also provide study materials, listings of classes and other resources our applicants may need.


    What applications/services do we do?


    How much does it cost to help me with my papers or to talk to a lawyer?

    “0” – Zero. There is no charge for assistance. Immigration lawyers and community volunteers donate their time to help the immigrant community.

    Do I need an appointment?

    No, an appointment is not necessary. We are here the last Sunday of every month and you can drop by to ask your questions. We can help you fill out your application to renew DACA, permanent residence or apply for citizenship today in this market.

    When and where does this happen?

    • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (8:30 am for new volunteers)
    • We are at the Oxnard College Marketplace & Swap Meet, in front of the GYM! Directions and campus location map here.

    I’m not sure of my status. Can I just ask an immigration lawyer some questions?

    Yes. An immigration professional will be happy to answer such questions.

    I do not have the $725 to pay my citizenship application fee for immigration.

    If you qualify under a low-income test, you may be eligible for immigration fee waiver. Our experts can tell you if you qualify for this help.

    What should I bring with me for an application?

    For citizenship

    • Permanent Residency “green card”
    • Driver’s license
    • Social Security card
    • Address and work history for 5 years
    • Spouse & children basic info. (Date of Birth (DOB), address, etc.)
    • Proof of Income 
    • Travel history out of U.S. for last 5 years.
      • Not sure of dates? Go to this website: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/ and select the “View Travel History.” Under “Document Number” – enter your passport or alien #, whichever was used to record your arrival and departure history for the last 10 years. Certain types of travel history may not be provided.
    • Certified Court Records for all criminal cases
    • Public Benefits (example Medi-Cal/CalFresh)

    For green cards

    • Permanent Residency “green card”, most recent, even if expired

    For DACA

    • Current Work Permit (EAD)

    For voter registration

    • Drivers’s License # or Social Security # 

    I’ve been a legal resident for many years but I still don’t speak English very well. Can I still apply to become a citizen?

    You may not have to speak English – you may be able to take the history and civics exam in your native language. You can avoid the requirement to speak and understand English if:

    • If you’re 50 years old or more and you’ve had your permanent residency for 20 years or more.
    • If you’re 55 years old or more and you’ve had your permanent residency for 15 years or more.
    • If you’re 65 years old or more and you’ve had your permanent residency for 20 years or more. (special senior citizen test with 20 questions instead of 100)

    However, if you qualify not to answer the questions in English, you are responsible for bringing your own interpreter to the appointment.

    I’m really worried that the test will be too difficult for me.

    Well, it’s like studying for a driver’s license: each answer is found in the study book.

    • For those under 65, there are 100 questions to learn and we will provide you with various materials to start studying at once, in English or Spanish.
    • For those who have already turned 65 years of age and have been Legal Permanent Residents for more than 20 years, there are only 20 facts to study, the exam is more simplified.
    • There are also materials, videos, even “apps” for the phone to help you study. We offer help in finding these resources.

    Why wouldn’t it be better to stay like this, with my permanent residence status? Getting citizenship seems very complicated.

    • The laws and rules change as well as your personal situation, it gives you more security to be a Citizen.
    • As a Citizen, you have a voice and a vote to make things better for you. your family, and your community.
    • As a Citizen, you can live in another country and still receive your Social Security and other benefits.
    • As a Citizen, one can apply for eligible family members to obtain status.

    Citizenship: If you know someone who’s had their permanent residency card (green card) for 5 years, or for 3 years if they’re married to a U.S. citizen, they can get their citizenship application done for free, with trained volunteers and volunteer lawyers at either fair on the flyer below.

    Who are the volunteers of Swap Meet Justice?

    Our volunteers include immigration professionals, community organizations and neighbors who want to help. (See more information here.)

    I’m interested in volunteering but I’m not a citizen.

    We always need bilingual and trilingual volunteers who want to help their community. Volunteers do not need to be a citizen. English only is fine too. You can volunteer even if you are just a teenager. We have training and orientation for new volunteers at 8:30 am. (new volunteers)

    Can you help us share information about this fair?

    We need to have posters placed on as many public bulletin boards (libraries, cafeterias, schools, stores, laundromats, apartment laundry rooms, etc.) as possible and double-sided hand-outs placed on counters where the public can find them. Printable flyers here.

    Help fund this activity.

    This fair is staffed by volunteers, but uses an huge amount of printing ink, paper, and office supplies. We would be honored by any donations to help us continue this project here.

    Someday, someone you’ve helped may be in a video like this…

    …which they will proudly show their kids and grandkids and retell their origin story of how they became an American. As completely 100% an American as anybody else.

    If you’ve never watch Ronald Reagan’s astonishing last speech as president, reminding his listeners that immigration is “the great life force of each generation of new Americans…” watch it here. (Quick timeline of the history of immigration here.)

    …and maybe they’ll come back and tell us about it.

    For us, this guy came by to visit and to show us his brand new certificate of citizenship, that he got by using our community volunteer fair. After we got over the thrill of it all, we handed him a voter registration form and he filled it out.


    Please read…

    By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage.