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. Immigration attorneys and advocates represent and counsel immigrants in matters including:
- Adjustment of status
- Consular processing
- DACA (see tab below)
- Deportation defense
- Immigration effects of criminal convictions
- Political asylum
- Public benefits eligibility
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
- T visas for victims of trafficking
- U visas for victims 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!
Renew your DACA! Come to our free DACA renewal clinics
Are you interested in renewing your DACA?
If you currently have DACA and your DACA will expire on or before March 5, 2018, you are eligible to renew your DACA. You MUST file your DACA renewal before October 5, 2017. That means that USCIS needs to receive your renewal by October 5th.
You are not eligible to file a renewal if your DACA expires AFTER March 5, 2018. USCIS is no longer accepting initial DACA applications, that is, first-time DACA applicants.
If you are interested in more information about your immigration situation and would like free legal assistance to complete your DACA renewal, please come to one of our free DACA renewal clinics. Full fee assistance will be provided.
EBCLC will be hosting renewal clinics on the following days and times:
- Thursday, September 21st from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Longfellow Middle School (1500 Derby St in Berkeley)
- Thursday, September 28th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at EBCLC’s main office (2921 Adeline St. in Berkeley, 1 block from Ashby BART)
Who should come to a clinic
Anyone who has a DACA work authorization card expiring on or before March 5, 2018. (If your DACA expires after March 5, 2018, you will be asked to leave a message on our general immigration intake voicemail.)
*No geographical or income requirements. All are welcome!
How to Sign Up for a Clinic
If you wish to attend our DACA Renewal clinic, please call (510) 548-4040. You will be asked to provide your name, phone number, and DACA expiration date. An immigration team member will call you back to confirm your clinic appointment time and date.
What to bring to the clinic appointment
- Your current work authorization card
- Your previously filed DACA application forms (if you have them)
- Your passport and any related travel document (if you traveled internationally since receiving DACA)
- Your social security number
- 2 passport-sized photos
For More Information
If you would like more information about the recent DACA announcement by Trump, please see the following resources:
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”).
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