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 4/1/20 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 from Thursday, March 12, 2020 through Thursday, April 30, 2020. 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.

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 6/23/2020):

On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the DACA program, rejecting the Trump administration’s 2017 attempt to terminate the program. This decision restores the program completely, and both initial and renewal applications should be accepted by USCIS. However, at the present moment it does not appear that USCIS is accepting initial applications. We are waiting to hear more information from USCIS before submitting initial applications. Please check back with us for more information. 

Given the recent DACA case at the Supreme Court, the USP Legal Support Team will prioritize general consultations for initial DACA applications. Eligible individuals who never had DACA can book an appointment below with the USP legal team/East Bay Community Law Center. 

We will also prioritize submitting renewal applications if your DACA expires on or before February 20, 2021. Please make an appointment below with the USP legal team/East Bay Community Law Center. 

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 interface below to schedule an appointment with EBCLC. As of March 12, 2020, all appointments will be held remotely until further notice. 

Last updated on 6/23/2020.