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 (Please click here to visit our DACA legal services page)
- 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.
- For more information on our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legal services please click here.
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 – $36,450 per year
4 person household – $75,000 per year
2 person household – $49,300 per year
5 person household – $87,850 per year
3 person household – $62,150 per year
6 person household – $100,700 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 500% of the federal poverty level, as required by the Ryan White HRSA grant that funds this project):
1 person household – $72,900 per year
4 person household – $150,000 per year
2 person household – $98,600 per year
5 person household – $175,700 per year
3 person household – $124,300 per year
6 person household – $201,400 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 or call (510) 548-4040 and leave a message at ext. 202.
Free Immigration Legal Services for Community College Students
In partnership with California community colleges, EBCLC provides free immigration legal services to community college students. If you are a student at a California community college, you can make an appointment here at our link to schedule an appointment.
Free Immigration Legal Services for Current UC Berkeley Students
In partnership with the Undocumented Student Program (USP), EBCLC provides free general consultations and full-scope legal representation on a wide range of immigration matters to UC Berkeley students. If you are a current UC Berkeley student or a UC Berkeley student who graduated within the past six months, you can make an appointment at the link below to meet with an immigration attorney or legal advocate. More information can be found on the online scheduling page.
USP legal support appointments:
General USP resources, including academic counseling and mental health support:
Referrals for other services
For additional DACA Legal Service Providers click here
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