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UC Immigrant Legal Services Center

The University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center serves the immigration-related legal needs of undocumented and immigrant students in the University of California system.

Operating out of UC Davis School of Law, the groundbreaking program reaches out to students at UC campuses —UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Riverside—to provide, free of charge, the legal assistance they need in order to achieve their educational goals and reach their full potential.

California is home to approximately 2.5 million undocumented immigrants—more than any other state. Many who were brought into the country as children now find themselves encountering significant barriers as they pursue higher education. Among other problems, undocumented students face difficulties in applying for work and financial aid, and they often fear that disclosing their status to school administrators will have legal consequences for their families. The state and federal governments offer programs that can help, but successful use of these resources requires a level of legal expertise not readily available in most immigrant communities. The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center helps to fill that need.

November 9, 2020

Post-Election Statement

The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. It is our great hope that the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will reverse the many anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration.

In the months leading up to the election, we have been working to increase our capacity to assist the many students and family members who may be newly eligible for immigration relief under a Biden administration. President-elect Biden has declared his intent to upend many of Trump’s anti-immigrant policies during his first 100 days in office. This includes: reinstating the DACA program, reasserting America’s commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees, and reversing Trump's public charge rule. The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center will be tracking these changes closely and providing updates as they become available.

We continue to encourage students and family members to take advantage of our free legal consultations now and in the coming months.

And finally, we must all celebrate our resiliency and continue to advocate for more permanent forms of immigration relief for more immigrants!

Biden's full immigration plan can be viewed at:

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Thank you,
The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center team

June 18, 2020

In a resounding victory for DACA recipients, their families and communities, and for all those who support justice and equality, on June 18, 2020 the United States Supreme Court held that the Trump administration violated the law when it rescinded DACA in an arbitrary and capricious manner. The Court held that the administration did not consider the wide-ranging reliance on DACA by individuals, institutions and employers. It noted the significant societal contributions by DACA holders, including their significant economic contributions. The Court also held that the administration’s explanations to the Court for its policy decision to end DACA were insufficient, erroneous and amounted to “after the fact” rationalizations. The persistent and courageous organizing by immigrants made this result possible. Now we must all work to enact a permanent solution through a Dream Act and comprehensive immigration reform. In the next few days we will be reviewing the legal documents more closely and will provide advice on the submission of first time new DACA applications and Advance Parole.

The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center encourages students to contact us for services continuing updates.

Get in Touch

IMPORTANT NOTE re: COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”)

Our Center’s physical offices are closed at this time. However, we are still working and available remotely. If you are seeking our services or need to get in touch with us, please contact us via phone or email.

Our attorneys visit the campuses two to three times a quarter to provide full legal services. To learn more about our services, please visit the “Services for Students and Families” link.

To make an appointment or to find out more about our services and scheduled visits, please contact us. You can find our information on the “Contact Us” tab.

You can also visit our Facebook page.


UCIMM Toolkit

The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center thanks the NextGen Foundation for its generous one year gift of $90,000 to support legal services at our Southern California Campuses and it's in-kind support to help other post-secondary institutions across the country and in California with a tool kit and technical assistance to help start up legal immigration services for their students. The UCIMM Toolkit Site is composed of key resources to help establish immigration legal services for students.

Please check out the UCIMM Toolkit Site here:


Undocumented Legal Services Center