Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • Sat, January 05, 2019
    • Sat, December 07, 2019
    • 12 sessions

    We provide legal permanent residents (green card holders) with almost everything you need to apply for citizenship, including one-on-one consultations with immigration specialists and attorneys.   

    Citizenship Applicants please bring:

    • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) 
    • All men bring a copy of I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record Card from entry into the US)
    • Social Security Card
    • Driver's License or State Identification Card
    • Passport (Current and Previous Passports)
    • Birth Certificate

    * If divorced please bring your former spouse(s) information: date of divorce, marriage, birthday, citizenship status and full name

    ** Have the last 5 years of school, residence and employment including start and end dates, job titles, and address. 

    If you have ever had a traffic ticket, even a past ticket, you will need to get a certified disposition letter which will detail each of your old tickets and what the outcome was from the County Courthouse where you received the ticket. This is mandatory.

    You will also need to get a letter about your current status and that you do not have any pending tickets against you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email or by phone. Information listed below.

    1st Saturday each month | 9:30 a.m.—12 noon| HOPE Clinic, 7001 Corporate Dr., #120

    Help immigrants apply for citizenship! We will provide lunch.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact to confirm.


    Aarica Chambers
    (281) 968-9131 (Text is best)

    • Sat, April 27, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Houston Community College - West Loop Campus, 5601 W Loop S, Houston, TX 77081

    A maximum of 200  participants will receive free one-on-one Naturalization application assistance as well as legal consultations from immigration attorneys. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. – 9:30am – please ARRIVE EARLY.

    It is recommended that attendees bring the following information:

    • Identification documents: resident card, passport (expired and current), ID/Drivers License, Social Security Card
    • Home addresses and work history (name & address of employer) for the past five years
    • List of all trips taken in past five years
    • Information about current spouse, as well as all prior marriages for you and your current spouse
    • Children information, including age, address, place of birth, social security number, immigration status
    • Arrest records if you have been arrested

    Note: once your application is ready to be mailed, you will need two passport photos and a Money Order for $725.

    This event is co-sponsored by:

    • The City of Houston's Office of New Americans and Immigrant Affairs
    • NALEO Educational Fund
    • OCA-Greater Houston
    • BakerRipley
    • BPSOS
    • Bonding Against Adversity Inc.
    • Chinese Community Center
    • Catholic Charities of the Archdioceses of Galveston-Houston
    • National Immigration Forum
    • TCCS
    • Sat, April 27, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Southwestern National Bank, 6901 Corporate Dr, Houston, Texas 77036

    OCA-Greater Houston invites you Starry Nite Festival - ASIATOWN's FREE block party!!!

    Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Food, Art & Culture

    Authentic Street Food | Music & Art | Bingo | Entertainment | Raffle Prizes

    Have you tried...

    • Bulgogi Kimchi Fries?
    • Swirled potato skewers?
    • Taiwanese sausage skewers?
    • Grilled kebabs?
    • Bubble waffles with whipped cream & toppings?
    • Shaved ice dessert?
    • Vietnamese springrolls and eggrolls?

    WE are known for having Houston's best STREET FOOD!

    Bring your friends & family! Pre-register by 4/26 to attend and get a free raffle ticket or discount food combo!

    Buy your tickets now!

    Starry Nite Festival was created to highlight and celebrate the diversity of AAPI Artists, Culture, and Community and to share the untold AAPI experience for the Greater Houston metropolitan area through a shared AAPI Community Space. Organized by a dedicated team of volunteers to benefit community non-profit organizations and AAPI Artists, the mission of Starry Nite Festival is to promote AAPI Artists, Craftspeople, & Entrepreneurs, and to create an AAPI community space that promotes Civic Engagement and Asiatown Houston as a cultural destination for the Arts. Thank you for your support!


    2019 Starry Nite Spring Vendor Application

    For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact info@ocahouston.org

    • Tue, April 30, 2019
    • 5:30 AM
    • Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

    Make the trip to Austin, TX for AAPI Advocacy Day at the Capital

    Sign up to join us for the bus trip to Austin on April 30th. The bus leaves from the OCA-Greater Houston Programs office at 7001 Corporate Drive at 5:30am and gets back that day at 9pm. The group will have lunch with TX State Rep. Gene Wu.

    RSVP at AAPIAdvocacyDay19.eventbrite.com

    To learn more about legislative visits, attend our Legislative Visit Workshop on April 17.

    Hope to see you there!

    • Sat, May 04, 2019
    • Sugar Land, TX

    The City of Sugar Land will have new boundaries for its single-member districts in effect for the May 4, 2019, General Election.

    The annexation of Greatwood and New Territory increased the City’s population, requiring the City’s four single member City Council districts to be adjusted. Single member Council districts must be of substantially equal population with a maximum deviation no greater than 10 percent between the most populated and least populated council member district.

    For more information regarding the process for new single-member district boundaries, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/redistricting

    • Sat, May 18, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Houston Community College - West Houston Institute, 2811 Hayes Rd, Houston, TX 77082

    Shaping The Way We Lead:
    2nd Annual SASEPro Houston Conference

    Sponsored by: Shell, BHGE, BP, Dow, Asian Chamber of Commerce, OCA-Greater Houston, Houston Community College, Parker Hannifin, and Avanade

    The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Houston Professional chapter & Asian Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2nd Houston Professional Conference!

    Professionals representing various industries and employee resource groups from Greater Houston area will gather for a day of professional development and networking.

    We invite you to join our STEM leadership development workshops and panels!

    For any questions, comments, or concerns, please e-mail Weber: Weber.ng@saseconnect.org or go to SASEPro Website for more information about SASE Professional Chapter in Houston.

    REGISTER NOW: bit.ly/2SGx1k0

    • Fri, September 20, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Ocean Palace, 11215 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77072

    OCA-Greater Houston's annual “They Serve with Honor” Awards Reception & Charity Casino is a signature OCA-GH event that encourages local companies and organizations to recognize the Asian Pacific Americans in their workplace who actively participate in civic and community affairs; help eliminate prejudices and stereotypes about Asian Pacific Americans; and foster positive images to enhance the appreciation of Asian Pacific Americans in the workplace who may otherwise be overlooked as the proverbial “unsung hero.” We all know that knowledge is key to eradicating racism and fostering understanding.  We are proud to have APA Employee Honorees that exemplify this commitment of equality who “Serve with Honor.”

    Each year OCA-GH honors community members who give selflessly for the betterment of others with the presentation of OCA-GH's Outstanding Community Achievement Award. The APA community is richer and fuller due to their work on behalf of the community. As an organization of community advocates, OCA-GH is proud of the accomplishments of all the awardees and honorees each year as they truly reflect the best qualities of the Asian Pacific American community and represent us as a community in all walks of life.

    The Board of OCA – Greater Houston

    Cordially invite you to

    The 20th Annual

    They Serve with Honor Reception

    Celebrating 40 years of Advocacy and

    Community Accomplishments in Houston

    Honoring the contributions of

    Community Leaders


    Recognizing outstanding

    Asian American Pacific Islanders in the

    workplace who ―”Serve with Honor”

    • Sat, September 28, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Southwestern National Bank, 6901 Corporate Dr, Houston, Texas 77036

    You're invited to OCA-Greater Houston's Starry Nite Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2019!

    Starry Nite Festival was created to highlight and celebrate the diversity of AAPI Artists, culture, and community. Organized by a dedicated team of volunteers to benefit community non-profit organizations and AAPI Artists.

    The mission of Starry Nite Festival is to create a community space that promotes civic engagement and Asiatown Houston as a cultural destination for the Arts. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon! 

    Bring your family and friends, this event is FREE to attend and open to the public!

    • Wed, November 06, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas 77002

    For one night only, local chefs and vendors will come together for a Big Bao Battle. Tickets include unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic vendors will be giving out samples to guests who are 21+

    Chefs will be making their own version of the bao, a steamed bun stuffed with various fillings, and YOU will be able to taste them all and vote on your favorite bao to be crowned the Big Bao Champion.


    * The Ballroom at Bayou Place @ 500 Texas Street
    * located in Downtown Houston in the heart of the Theater District
    * floor to ceiling windows and sweeping balconies, guests are treated to a striking backdrop of the Houston Skyline


    Parking at the venue is limited. There will be complimentary valet as well as street parking. 


    Interested in becoming a chef competitor, vendor, or sponsor? Please contact kuan.zhao@ocahouston.org

Past events

Wed, April 17, 2019 TEA Talks: Legislative Visit Workshop feat. Isabel Longoria
Sat, April 13, 2019 YELS April Workshop
Sat, March 30, 2019 Pilgrimage to Crystal City Internment Camp
Sat, March 16, 2019 YELS Advocacy Day: Civic Saturdays with Judge Lina Hidalgo
Thu, March 14, 2019 YELS Advocacy Day for Immigrant Families
Mon, March 11, 2019 YELS Advocacy Day for Public School Finance/Education Equality
Thu, February 21, 2019 OCA Reads Book Talk: Helen Zia presents "Last Boat Out of Shanghai" @ Brazos Bookstore
Wed, February 20, 2019 OCA Reads Book Talk: "Last Boat Out of Shanghai" by Helen Zia @ Kim Son
Sat, February 09, 2019 Celebrate Lunar New Year with OCA-Greater Houston
Sat, February 02, 2019 Running for Local Office 101 Workshop
Wed, January 16, 2019 OCA Reads Book Talk with Kam Mak
Thu, December 20, 2018 "Stories of Survival" with Vietnam War Refugee Families Facing Deportation
Sun, December 09, 2018 2018 OCA-Greater Houston Supporters Holiday Party
Wed, November 14, 2018 Big Bao Battle 3
Tue, November 13, 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Workshop
Sat, November 10, 2018 Accepted! College on the Horizon
Sat, October 27, 2018 2018 Halloween Starry Nite Lite Festival
Sat, October 27, 2018 OCA READS Book Talk: Bao Phi - Thousand Star Hotel
Sat, October 27, 2018 OCA READS Book Talk: A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Sun, October 21, 2018 Meet & Greet with Asian American Candidates in the 2018 Election
Fri, October 19, 2018 LATE LIFE: The Chien-Ming Wang Story 後勁:王建民
Thu, October 18, 2018 Film Screening – "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"
Sun, October 14, 2018 Houston Candidate Forum
Sat, September 29, 2018 Starry Nite Lite Festival 2018: Mid Autumn
Sat, September 22, 2018 The Impact of Espionage Investigations on The Asian American Community
Fri, September 21, 2018 “They Serve With Honor” Awards Dinner
Thu, September 13, 2018 Beyond the Headlines: Examining Today's Immigration Landscape
Fri, September 07, 2018 8th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, August 25, 2018 OCA READS Book Talk: SANPAKU by Kate Gavino
Wed, August 22, 2018 TEA Talks: Improving Data Quality for Better Decisions
Sun, August 05, 2018 Info-session on upcoming Aug 25 Harvey Flood Protection Bond Election
Mon, July 23, 2018 Houston Youth Summit 2018
Sun, June 03, 2018 TEA Talks: Representation of Minorities in Media
Sat, June 02, 2018 HAAPIFEST 2018 Screening of "Drawn Together"
Sat, June 02, 2018 MAAP Houston 2018
Thu, May 31, 2018 HAAPIFEST 2018
Tue, May 29, 2018 The Chinese Exclusion Act Documentary Live Screening
Mon, May 14, 2018 Candidate Forum: CD7, CD22 and SD17 Runoffs 2018
Sat, April 28, 2018 Starry Nite Festival Spring 2018
Sat, April 28, 2018 Starry Nite Festival
Sat, April 21, 2018 The Finding Cleveland Experience - live film & music experience
Wed, April 18, 2018 OCA-GH TEA Talks: Women's Rights and Reproductive Justice
Sun, April 08, 2018 The Value of Immigrants: The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and U.S.
Sat, March 31, 2018 Youth Take Action - Ready, Set, Go
Wed, February 21, 2018 TEA Talks: Shades - AAPI and African American Intersectionality
Mon, February 19, 2018 2018 AAPI Public Policy Impact Forum
Sat, February 10, 2018 Houston NYMLI Training | OCA - Greater Houston
Wed, January 24, 2018 2nd Annual Big Bao Battle Food Competition
Sat, January 06, 2018 OCA Citizenship Forums
Wed, December 13, 2017 Networking Happy Hour: Co-Hosted by Nexgen Exchange and OCA GH
Sun, December 10, 2017 OCA-Greater Houston Supporters Holiday Party
Sat, November 18, 2017 2017 Membership & Volunteers Appreciation Picnic & Board Elections
Wed, November 15, 2017 OCA-GH TEA Talks - "Racial Slurs: Slants/FOB: What's In A Name?"
Tue, November 07, 2017 Get Out The Vote! Houston 2017 Elections
Fri, November 03, 2017 Womxn Power: Creating Strength Through Community
Fri, October 27, 2017 OCA Corporate Achievement Awards
Mon, October 23, 2017 HISD Phonebanking
Sun, October 15, 2017 Dream Together! AAPIs Standing Up For Immigration Rally
Fri, October 13, 2017 "They Serve With Honor" Awards Dinner
Sat, September 30, 2017 Starry Nite Festival
Sat, September 30, 2017 Fraud Prevention Community Workshop
Sat, September 30, 2017 OCA APA Y-Advocate: Youth Leadership Training
Tue, September 26, 2017 HAAPI Hour!
Wed, September 20, 2017 TEA Talks: Rally! Bridging our Communities in light of SB4
Wed, September 06, 2017 TEA Dinners: Legislation Changes to Our Schools
Mon, September 04, 2017 Annual Backpack Stuffing with CARE Coalition
Fri, August 18, 2017 7th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, August 12, 2017 OCA READS Book Talk: Dr. Madeline Y. Hsu
Thu, August 03, 2017 OCA National Convention
Wed, July 19, 2017 TEA Talks: AALDEF 2016 Elections TX Exit Poll Presentation
Tue, July 04, 2017 CARE Coalition July 4th Festival
Sat, June 10, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017 - Closing Arts Night!
Sat, June 10, 2017 OCA-GH TEA Talks - Disproportionate: A Mass Incarceration Problem
Fri, June 09, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017, Weekend Two
Fri, June 02, 2017 HAAPI Film Fest 2017, Weekend One
Thu, June 01, 2017 Opening Night, HAAPI Film Festival 2017
Wed, May 17, 2017 TEA Talks: Standing in Solidarity with our Muslim American Community
Sat, May 13, 2017 Citywide Citizenship Assistance Forum
Sat, May 13, 2017 MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)
Fri, May 05, 2017 NQAPIA Regional Summit
Sun, April 30, 2017 AALDEF 2016 Exit Poll Results Presentation
Sat, April 01, 2017 MAAP (Mentoring Asian American Professionals)
Thu, March 30, 2017 March HAAPI Hour
Wed, March 15, 2017 TEA Talks: Acceptance - Love is Love
Tue, February 21, 2017 HAAPI Hour
Sat, February 11, 2017 JA Trade Fair
Sat, January 28, 2017 Lunar New Year Festival
Fri, January 27, 2017 RUCAA Commemorating 100 years of Asians at Rice, “Off the Menu: Asian America” Film Screening
Wed, January 25, 2017 OCA Serves Spring Project
Sun, January 22, 2017 Running for Office 101
Sat, January 07, 2017 Citizenship Forums
Thu, December 15, 2016 Community Reception for Anne Sung
Wed, December 07, 2016 OCA Greater Houston Presents: Big Bao Battle!
Tue, November 29, 2016 TYRUS Houston Premiere
Sat, November 19, 2016 Members & Volunteers Appreciation & Election Picnic
Thu, November 17, 2016 OCA-Greater Houston MAAP & B3 AALF Mixer/Reunion
Sat, November 05, 2016 OCA College and Career Roundtable
Wed, October 26, 2016 APAHM Speaker Series: DANakaDAN
Mon, October 17, 2016 APAHM Speaker Series: Jason Chu
Fri, October 14, 2016 Plenary Sessions: Civic Engagement and Women Empowerment
Fri, October 14, 2016 Career Panels: Business/Law/Mid-Career
Fri, October 14, 2016 B3 Conference Luncheon
Fri, October 14, 2016 Diamond Leadership : How to Shine Brilliantly!
Fri, October 14, 2016 6th Annual B3 Asian American Leadership Forum
Sat, October 08, 2016 APA Y Advocate Training
Wed, September 21, 2016 GOTV TEA Talk
Wed, August 31, 2016 Disparities in K-12 Education for APA Students
Sat, August 13, 2016 The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority" by Madeline Y. Hsu (Book Talk)
Fri, August 12, 2016 Presidential Town Hall - Houston Viewing
Fri, July 15, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Fri, July 01, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Sat, June 18, 2016 TEA Talks - AAPI Representation in Media
Fri, June 17, 2016 OCA College Prep Fridays
Sat, June 11, 2016 OCA Career Roundtable
Wed, May 18, 2016 The Case That Divided Asian America
Fri, April 29, 2016 The Missing Chinese American History with John Jung
Sat, April 23, 2016 APA Y Advocate
Wed, February 17, 2016 OCA-GH TEA Talks: AAPI Solidarity
Wed, January 20, 2016 TEA Talks: SHAYA Screening + Refugee Discussion

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