Legal Services Appointment Portal

Higher Education
Legal Services

Free immigration legal services and case support for students, staff, and faculty on California community college campuses statewide or virtually

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The California Community Colleges and the Higher Education Legal Services Appointment Portal do not capture information on undocumented students. California Community Colleges will not release personally identifiable student information related to immigration status unless required by judicial order.

What We Do

The Higher Education Legal Services Project is a California-funded effort to provide FREE immigration legal services to students faculty and staff at California Community Colleges. The project brings together trusted legal services providers to offer direct legal support to students, staff and faculty so they can best assess their unique case and plan for their future.

The support includes a wide range of services including, but not limited to, screening for different forms of relief, DACA renewals, family-based petitions, citizenship/naturalization requests, and more. Students attending California Community Colleges are also eligible to have their DACA fees covered under this program.

Immigration Services

Free immigration legal services are available to students, staff, and faculty affiliated with the California Community Colleges.

Priority for services is provided to undocumented students, staff, faculty, dual enrolled students, noncredit course, and adult education students. While all legal providers offer legal consultations and basic immigration benefit application assistance, some providers may offer additional services.

Basic immigration legal assistance includes:

  • Legal Consultations to Screen for Immigration Relief
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals
  • Family-based petitions
  • Naturalization/Citizenship applications

Education and Outreach activities (e.g., webinars) cover topics such as:

  • Avoiding fraudulent legal services
  • Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR)
  • Family Preparedness/Childcare Safety Plans
  • Public Charge information

Services not currently funded (referrals may be provided):

  • Removal Defense
  • Asylum Applications

How to Prepare to Meet with your Legal Representative

Meeting with a legal representative can be intimidating and confusing. It can be difficult to identify what you need and anticipate what a legal representative will ask you. You may have questions, such as: What information and documents do I need to take? What questions will the person be able to answer? What questions can I even ask them? Will they be able to help me with my case right away? These questions are hard to figure out if you have never interacted with a legal representative.

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