Welcome to the Immigrant Guide

California is home to many newcomers from all over the world. In an effort to integrate immigrants, California has developed innovative services that help immigrants become part of the social, economic and civic fabric of our state. This guide features services that help immigrants thrive and succeed in their paths towards integration. Immigrants seeking help with English language learning, workforce skill development, naturalization preparation or legal assistance, can find information on available services throughout the state. The guide will serve as a bridge that can help immigrants fully participate in life in California.

27 %

of people living in California between 2011 and 2015 were foreign-born.

715 billion

dollars contributed by immigrants to the state’s Gross Domestic Product.

36 %

of the state’s small business owners are represented by immigrants.

5.6 million

immigrants in California became naturalized American citizens between 2004 and 2014.