EBCLC’s Immigration Program provides a full-range of free legal services to low-income immigrants on a wide range of immigration issues with a focus on the most vulnerable populations—people with disabilities and chronic illness, members of the LGBTQ community, youth, and existing EBCLC clients struggling with other legal issues. Using a “kindergarten to college” model that addresses the interrelated legal needs of immigrants and their families, Immigration Program advocates provide representation and counsel for such issues as:
- Adjustment of status
- Consular processing
- DACA (see tab below)
- Deportation defense
- Family-based immigration for already existing EBCLC clients
- Mitigating or eliminating the immigration effects of criminal convictions
- in partnership with the Clean Slate Unit at EBCLC
- Political asylum
- Public benefits eligibility
- including complex eligibility issues in partnership with the Health & Welfare Unit at EBCLC
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) including state court matters (guardianship, custody, etc.) necessary to get predicate orders for SIJS
- T visas for survivors of trafficking
- U visas for survivors of crime
EBCLC’s Immigration attorneys represent clients before the Asylum Office, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, and Immigration Court, and on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals. The cases accepted for representation are dictated by the unmet needs of the community.
Seeking information about the public charge rule? See these fact sheets from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
Want more information about Immigration? Click here!
Am I eligible for these services?
Free legal services are provided to individuals who:
- Reside in Alameda County. We accept some cases from residents of Contra Costa County, such as people living with HIV and unaccompanied minors.
- Meet the income requirements listed below:
1 person household – $17,820 per year
4 person household – $36,450 per year
2 person household – $24,030 per year
5 person household – $42,660 per year
3 person household – $30,240 per year
6 person household – $48,870 per year
For people living with HIV, free legal services are provided to individuals who:
- Reside in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties
- Meet the income requirements listed below (these amounts are 300% of the federal poverty level, as required by the Ryan White HRSA grant that funds this project):
1 person household – $35,640 per year
4 person household – $72,900 per year
2 person household – $48,060 per year
5 person household – $85,320 per year
3 person household – $60,480 per year
6 person household – $97,740 per year
* The East Bay Community Law Center provides free legal services to eligible East Bay clients. Specific service criteria vary by subject matter and change over time, so please contact the office with any specific questions.
** EBCLC cannot provide legal information or advice via email. Please contact us during regular intake hours to determine eligibility for services.
How do I receive these services?
Anyone interested in our immigration services must contact the front desk at 510-548-4040 and ask to speak to our immigration advocate.
If we are unavailable to take your call please leave a voicemail at extension 395 with your name, phone number, and the nature of your question (examples: “I am undocumented and would like to know what my options are,” “I want to apply for DACA,” “I have a green card and have questions about petitioning for a family member”).
Free Immigration Legal Services for Community College Students
In partnership with Laney College, Merritt College, Chabot College and College of Alameda, EBCLC provides free immigration legal services to community college students at each campus. If you are a student at one of these four community colleges, you can make an appointment at the links below to meet with an immigration attorney or legal advocate. More information can be found on the online scheduling page.
Laney College: www.ebclcimmigrationlegalclinic.as.me/Laney
Merritt College: www.ebclcimmigrationlegalclinic.as.me/Merritt
Chabot College: www.ebclcimmigrationlegalclinic.as.me/Chabot
College of Alameda: www.ebclcimmigrationlegalclinic.as.me/Alameda
Referrals for other services
Click here for our list of non-profits referral or contact our front desk at (510) 548-4040 during business hours for a referral to other services.
For pro se removal proceedings materials visit Florence Immigration Project
For Public benefits information visit National Immigration Law Center
Check out Immigration Legal Resource Center