Cuban Haitian Assistance Project (CHAP)

EMO's SOAR Immigration Legal Services has been serving the Cuban and Haitian community through CHAP since 2006, thanks to funding from the Oregon Department of Human Services State Refugee Program. Under this program, SOAR serves 96 percent of the Cuban immigrants in the state of Oregon. CHAP services are available to eligible Cubans and Haitians who have lived in the United States for fewer than five years, except in the case of Naturalization.

>> Services Offered:
•  Crime  & Victimization Classes for newly arriving refugees.
•  Legal Services including: Adjustment of Status, Employment Authorization Documents, and Naturalization to U.S. Citizenship.

If you would like to become a client, please call our office at (503) 384-2482.

New Americans Initiative

SOAR Legal offers free Citizenship educational and legal services, thanks to funding from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). SOAR provides services in our office in northeast Portland and Hillsboro but also hosts legal clinics and citizenship classes in Hood River and Rockwood.

Please see below for more information about our clinics and classes.

>> Services Offered:
•  Citizenship Classes (view dates and locations)
•  Citizenship Legal Services
•  Naturalization Clinics (view dates and locations listed under "Become a Client")

>> Eligibility for Citizenship:
•  Be at least 18 years old;
•  Have been a Lawful Permanent Resident for at least the last five years (or three years if married to a U.S. Citizen);
•  Have been physically present in the United States for at least a total of two years and six months during the past five years (or one year and six months if married to a U.S. Citizen);
•  Have not been outside the United States for more than one year at a time;
•  Be able to speak, read and write conversational English (with exceptions);
•  Be able to pass a U.S. Civics and History exam (with exceptions);
•  Be a person of “good moral character”; and
•  Be willing to take an oath of loyalty to the United States.

If you would like to become a client, please call (503) 384-2482.

Voter Education Project

Through the Voter Education Project, SOAR Legal provides classes to newly naturalized citizens, thanks to funding from the Multnomah Bar Foundation. During these classes, participants register to vote and learn about voting in Oregon—what it means to vote, how to read a voter pamphlet and when to vote. This class is available to all newly naturalized citizens, especially low income and disabled refugees and asylees. Our objective is to ensure that newly naturalized citizens have a proper understanding of and access to the American voting system, thus allowing for full immigrant integration, civic participation and voter engagement.

>> Services Offered:
• Voter Education Classes

To receive these services, you can attend a class. If you are not able to attend one of the scheduled classes, you can schedule an appointment for individual assistance by contacting our office at (503) 384-2482.


Portland location
7931 NE Halsey St., Ste. 302, Portland, OR 97213
office hours Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.
phone (503) 384-2482
Caroline van der Harten, Director

Hillsboro location
862 SE Oak Street, Suite 3A
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
office hours Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
phone (503) 384-2482, ext. 200