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The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs staff continue working both in the office and at home.

Due to our hybrid work schedule, we are unable to guarantee that someone will be in the office if you drop in.
For all inquiries, we recommend that you first call (206) 727-8515 or email oira@seattle.gov.

Programs and Services

Get Free Help Applying for Citizenship

A multiracial group of new Americans taking the Oath of Allegiance at their Flag Day Citizenship Ceremony in a brightly lit room inside Seattle City Hall.

Information about community events, local organizations, and even online options to help you apply for U.S. citizenship.

Free Immigration Legal Assistance

A Black man wearing a bright blue shirt acting as a volunteer at a City of Seattle Citizenship Clinic holds up a small bright yellow sign that reads, "ASSIST".

If you are an immigrant in detention or at risk of or facing deportation because of your immigration status, you may qualify for free legal services.

City-wide Language Access Program

Two long paper signs taped to the walls of a stairwell at a City of Seattle Citizenship Mega-workshop. On the signs are these words: "Citizenship Clinic" and "Taller de Ciudadania."

What the City of Seattle is doing to ensure all departments can serve anyone regardless of what language they speak.

Improve your English & Job Skills

A multiracial group of Ready to Work instructors, administrators, and graduates who are proudly holding up their certificates of completion. Everyone has their hands up in a cheer inside the warmly lit room.

Learn about our no-cost, classroom-based program for immigrant/refugee adult residents of Seattle seeking to attain better jobs and improve their English.

Immigrant Family Institute

Three East African young women dressed in traditional outfits smiling with two uniformed Seattle police officers standing behind them and also smiling. One of the police officers is making the “bunny ears” gesture with his hands and holding each hand up to behind the heads of two of the East African women.

The Immigrant Family Institute is an innovative program that seeks to build trust between immigrant youth, their parents/guardians, and Seattle police.

City-wide Ethnic Media Program

Univision Reporter Pablo Gaviria stands next to a large video camera. He is holding a microphone towards a Latina woman wearing a coat as he interviews her about her experience at a City of Seattle Citizenship Clinic.

How the City of Seattle is helping to ensure comprehensive and inclusive outreach to immigrant and refugee communities.

Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Hamdi Mohamed, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1616, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94573, Seattle, WA, 98124
Phone: (206) 727-8515
oira@seattle.gov

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The mission of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is to improve the lives of Seattle’s immigrant and refugee communities by engaging them in decisions about the City of Seattle’s future and improving the City’s programs and services to meet the needs of all constituents.