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Community Resources

List of Community Resources

  • Drake Community Library’s list of resources in the community, in English and Spanish. Resources are not specifically immigration-related.

Education about immigration

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Government site)

  • The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) website is the U.S. Government’s main online source of information for immigrants, containing immigration and citizenship information, forms, news, tools, and legal information.

Fact Sheet: How the U.S. Immigration System Works

  • The American Immigration Council’s fact sheet about how the U.S. immigration system works. This is a good starting point for learning the basics about the immigration system and the main paths to obtaining an immigrant visa (become a permanent resident).

National Immigration Law Center

  • The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has information about a range of immigration-related topics, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), health care, immigration enforcement, taxes, and many more topics.

United We Dream

  • United We Dream is a youth-led immigration network. Their website has many resources about immigration-related topics in many formats, including summaries, webinars, and toolkits. It also contains information about how to take action in support of immigrant rights and the rights of undocumented people, as well as health and wellness information.

Language Assistance

Free Online English Class, Drake Community Library

  • Learn English online through a free program via the Drake Community Library Academy
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ESL Classes, High School Diploma, Citizenship Prep Courses

  • For ESL classes, high school diploma and citizenship preparation courses, please contact the Iowa Valley Continuing education. To get exact schedule of classes and cost, please follow the link.
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  • Phone Number: 641-754-1348

Legal Assistance

Information about Iowa Immigration Law and Policy

  • University of Iowa’s AILP Law & Policy Project is an online compilation of materials used by students to understand Iowa law and policy around immigration.

Legal Services: Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors

  • A non-profit organization that provides free immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.
  • Phone Number: 515-255-9809
  • Address: 2024 Forest Ave. Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50311