USP Services in Response to COVID-19

Dear USP Students,

We want to let you know that USP is here for you, and to help meet your needs. In efforts to limit coronavirus risk on campus, the Undocumented Community Resource Center (UCRC) is temporarily closed. However, USP services remain open and accessible. Please see below on how to access our services: 
VIRTUAL APPTS W/ FINANCIAL AID
Do you have questions about your financial aid awards? If so, make an appointment to meet with Financial Aid Advisor, Miguel Avila: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/cyogi

When you sign up, please input the following information into the name section:
Full Name
Student ID number
If you’d prefer meeting via video or audio

For Example: Oski Bear / 3031234567 / Video
* This information will not be displayed publicly but will be for internal use only.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The Fall 2020 Emergency Grant Application is now open. If you have any questions, please, email uspemergencygrant@gmail.com

For more information about other basic needs resources available to you, please visit: https://basicneeds.berkeley.edu/undocumented-students
ACADEMIC COUNSELING
All appointments with Valeria have been moved to virtual (phone or video) appointments through March 30, 2020. We continue to be committed to providing access and support to you during this ever-evolving time. You can schedule an appointment with Valeria here.  Please email Valeria vcayala77@berkeley.edu if these slots do not work with your schedule and if you have any questions or concerns.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Appointments:
During this Shelter-in-Place period, all scheduled appointments will be held over the phone and/or Zoom. If you’re new to counseling (and not in crisis), or would like to schedule a follow up appointment, call one of these confidential voicemail boxes:
-Dr. Bianca Barrios (510) 664-5342
-Dr. Diana Pena (510) 664-7483

Let’s Talk/Drop-In:
Let’s Talk is a casual consult with a licensed mental health provider, which can help you explore resources and discuss how counseling might be helpful. Reserve a 25-minute consult slot at this link: https://www.wejoinin.com/USPmentalhealth.

Note: Let’s Talk is not appropriate for students needing urgent help or in the middle of a crisis. Please call CAPS at (510) 642-9494 to speak with a same-day advice counselor. If you are needing help when CAPS is closed, please call the after-hours crisis line at (855) 817-5667.

USP Mental Health Services Contact Info:
(510) 664-5342

Last updated on 4/27/20.
IMMIGRATION LEGAL SUPPORT
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 until further notice. 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 RENEWAL UPDATE (as of 4/27/2020):
Given the pending DACA case at the Supreme Court, the USP Legal Support Team will submit renewals for DACA recipients regardless of the date of expiration. We anticipate a decision from the Supreme Court regarding the DACA program by the end of its current term, which will be approximately June 2020 at the latest. 

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.   

Last updated on 4/27/20.