Legal Support Appointments

Please see our DACA Information page for updated information on the DACA program. 

Through the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), the USP Legal Support Team provides free and confidential consultations and full legal representation on a wide range of immigration matters that are available to current UC Berkeley students.

Clients will be provided with legal information, a general consultation to discuss a pathway to legal status, when possible, and in many cases, full legal representation with regards to their immigration matters. In some cases, students will be referred to other units at EBCLC, and if EBCLC cannot take the case, the students and their family members may be referred to partner organizations in the Bay Area, or other parts of California, if necessary.

All consultations with any USP legal staff are strictly confidential and privileged and all information will be reviewed by licensed attorneys. Students should bring any pertinent immigration paperwork to their appointment so that we can best serve them.

For follow-up on existing cases and to receive guidance on your immigration or legal-related questions, please send an email to usplegal@ebclc.org.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE (as of 11/20/20 but subject to change):

EBCLC is the legal service provider for USP. As one of the largest providers of free legal services in the East Bay and home to eight of Berkeley Law’s community-based clinics, EBCLC places tremendous importance on the health of our staff, students, clients and the public. In an effort to support community well-being, we have closed our offices and have cancelled our drop-in appointments and in-person clinics indefinitely. We are committed to providing responsive legal services in the areas of housing, health, immigration, education, and economic security, and we will continue to do so with the utmost respect for our clients. Please schedule remote appointments through our online booking system, email us at usplegal@ebclc.org, or contact your caseworker for assistance with a legal matter. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

 

Current Clients of EBCLC

For current clients of EBCLC, please reach out to your caseworker directly regarding any questions or concerns.

All EBCLC Immigration staff work with UC Berkeley students but the main staff supporting USP Legal are bolded and in blue:

 

Janely Mendoza, jmendoza@ebclc.org

Jeanette Muñoz, jmunoz@ebclc.org

Melissa Phatharanavik, mphatharanavik@ebclc.org

Mindy Phillips, mphillips@ebclc.org

Patricia Zermeño, pzermeno@ebclc.org

Ramon Becerra Alcantar, rbecerraalcantar@ebclc.org

Rebecca Romero, rromero@ebclc.org

Sara Dunsky, sdunsky@ebclc.org

Theo Cuison, tcuison@ebclc.org

 

General Consultations

As of March 12, 2020, all general consultations scheduled through our online booking system will take place by phone or Zoom. Until further notice, we will not have in-person general consultations at our Adeline office or at 180 Cesar Chavez. If you already have a scheduled appointment, EBCLC staff will contact you directly to arrange for a remote appointment. If you would like to schedule, reschedule or cancel an appointment, please visit the USP website. Please contact usplegal@ebclc.org with any questions or concerns.

 

DACA UPDATE (as of 11/20/20):

Please see our DACA Information page for updated information on the DACA program. 

As of December 14, 2020 we are prioritizing contact regarding initial DACA and DACA Advance Parole to UC Berkeley students who contacted us in Summer and Fall 2020. 

Initial DACA Application Guidance 

If you are interested in submitting an initial DACA application, please follow the instructions above to schedule a consultation. Below are the eligibility requirements for initial DACA applicants for you to review, and attached is a checklist of documents that you can gather to prepare for your appointment. You are eligible for DACA if you: 

  1. Were born on or after June 16, 1981;  
  2. Came to the U.S. before you turned 16 years old; 
  3. Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 up to the present time;  
  4. Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and at the time you file your DACA application; 
  5. Entered the U.S. without inspection, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;  
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated high school, or obtained a GED; 
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors; and  
  8. Are at least 15 years old at the time you file your application, unless you are or were in removal proceedings. 

DACA Advance Parole Guidance 

If you are interested in applying for Advance Parole based on DACA and are new to EBCLC, please follow the instructions above to schedule a consultation. If you are already a client of ours, please contact your EBCLC caseworker. In the meantime, to prepare for an Advance Parole application please be sure you have the following: 

  1. Valid, unexpired DACA Employment Authorization Card (“EAD”) that is valid for at least a year after you plan to apply for Advance Parole. 
  2. Valid, unexpired passport or travel document from your country of citizenship that will be valid for at least 6 months after you plan to travel.
    • Please note: the last time that Advance Parole was available for DACA recipients there was a high demand for passports from particularly impacted countries (Mexico, Philippines, Korea, El Salvador, Guatemala). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign consulates and embassies may have severely limited services, so if necessary, please start the process of applying for a passport (or to renew your passport) as soon as you can. 
  3. A reason for traveling that meets the original 2012 DACA Memo guidance (for humanitarian, educational, or employment purposes). More information about this is available at this Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) guide

Guidance Regarding Fee Assistance

Most UC Berkeley students will qualify for fee assistance to cover DACA application fees (both if you are applying for the first time, or if you are renewing your DACA) and for DACA Advance Parole. Because our office assists with cases beyond DACA, such as U Visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, family-based visas, etc., please sign up for your consultation as soon as you can so we can determine what budget will be needed for fee assistance.

EBCLC’s services are free of charge to UC Berkeley students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) for the duration of your academic career and for 6 months after your graduation or separation from the university. 

 

DACA Renewal Clinics

As of March 12, 2020,  we will continue to complete DACA renewals using remote options, including by phone and Zoom appointments. If you are scheduled for an upcoming DACA Renewal Clinic, EBCLC will reach out to you directly with remote options to complete your DACA renewal with us. Please email usplegal@ebclc.org if the sole reason for the appointment is a DACA renewal. 

Biometrics (Fingerprinting) Appointments

On Monday, March 30, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Allow Reuse of Some Biometrics

Applicants who had an appointment scheduled with an ASC on or after the March 18, 2020 USCIS closures or who filed an I-765 extension will have their application processed using previously submitted biometrics. This will remain in effect until ASCs resume normal operations. 

Rescheduling Biometrics Appointments

If your biometrics appointment was scheduled before March 17, 2020 and you were unable to attend due to COVID-19, you can reschedule your appointment without penalty. Appointment notices contain instructions to reschedule appointments. Please contact your caseworker or usplegal@ebclc.org for assistance with rescheduling your biometrics appointment. 

Please use the this link to schedule an appointment with EBCLC. As of March 12, 2020, all appointments will be held remotely until further notice. 

Last updated on 12/14/2020.