Legal Support at Cal
The East Bay Community Law Center, a clinic of Berkeley School of Law and the Undocumented Student Program have partnered to provide free legal support and resources about immigration law to undocumented students and undocumented family members at Cal.
Through the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), the USP Immigration Attorney provides general consultations, and full legal representation on a wide range of immigration matters that are available to current UC Berkeley students, family members, and members of the East Bay community.
Our legal team has expertise in a wide range of immigration legal matters, including, but not limited to, family-based immigration, FOIA/criminal background checks, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, asylum, U/T visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile visas, DACA, advance parole, naturalization, and regularly represents clients in matters before USCIS, BIA, and the Immigration Courts.
You can make an appointment for an initial consult online.
Who is eligible for services?
- Current UC Berkeley undocumented undergraduate and graduate students
- Current UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students with undocumented parents, spouses or children
- Current UC Berkeley students with legal status (i.e. international students or lawful permanent residents) who are at risk of falling out of legal status, or need a change in status or adjustment in status
These services are free. The program also provides application support fees for initial DACA and DACA renewals while funds last.
For 2018, our legal support staff include the following people:
- USP Attorney: Prerna Lal
- USP Immigration Program Coordinator: So Young Kang
- USP Legal Assistant: Karina Paredes Arzola
Our legal support staff is multi-lingual in Spanish, Korean, Hindi, Urdu, French and Portuguese. We also provide free interpretation and translation services for languages that we do not speak.
For Spring 2018, appointments with Karina Paredes Arzola take place on Tuesdays at Room 129, Cesar Chavez Student Center, and appointments with the USP immigration program coordinator, So Young Kang, take place in Room 116, unless otherwise noted by the attorney or staff. While the USP attorney will not be available for initial intakes, they will supervise on all cases. All consultations with any USP legal staff are strictly confidential and privileged information. Students should bring any pertinent immigration paperwork to the appointment with them so that we can best serve them.
Students should make their initial appointments online and make any rescheduling requests through the same portal. For follow-up and to receive guidance on your immigration or legal-related questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students, and their family members, who are eligible to apply for DACA or another immigration status will be provided with legal information, a general consultation to create a pathway to legal status, and in many cases, full legal representation with regards to their immigration matters. In some cases, matters will be referred to other units at EBCLC, and if EBCLC cannot take the case, the students and their family members may be matched with pro-bono attorneys who will represent them in their cases at no charge.
Students are eligible for:
- Free one-on-one legal consultation for themselves
- Free one-on-one legal consultation with their immediate family members
- Free legal representation regarding immigration matters
- Financial support with application fees for DACA and adjustment of status (until funds are exhausted)