UC Immigrant Legal Services
The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center provides free legal on campus assistance directly to undocumented and immigrant students, as well as their immediate family members (spouse, siblings, and parents). The following link is directly associated with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center.
The UCI DREAM Center does not maintain or manage the information submitted to UC Immigrant Legal Services Center.
Legal Services Appoinments
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For clarification on these services or to obtain emergency legal assistance, contact Lucero Chavez Basilio at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cellphone at 530-400-2062.
Our campus attorney can be readily available in the event of a legal emergency, such as detention and deportation. Please feel free to contact our attorney at any time.
Initial DACA Appointments
Please see the following updates from UC Immigrant Legal Services Center regarding updates and instructions for initial DACA applications.
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- A New York federal judge has ordered the government to start processing first-time applications and he has reinstated the 2 years for existing DACA and reinstated Advance Parole.
- Due to a potential ruling in Texas, an important argument may be heard on Dec. 22 on the legality of DACA. This means we may have a short window of time to process initial DACA applications.
- UC Immigrant Legal Center will urgently process new applications in the hope of submitting them before the Texas court rules.
- UC Immigrant Legal Center will prioritize clients who they have started assisting after the Supreme Court decision and who are prepared to submit documents. This includes immediate family members, including spouses.
- Please review this webinar which includes a checklist of documents https://law.ucdavis.edu/ucimm/resources.html
- Potential future clients are responsible for gathering their documents before they can sign a retainer with them. They should watch the webinar and follow the checklist of documents.
- UC Immigrant Legal Center will not be processing Advance Parole because they do not have the capacity right now and their priority is for those who are not protected.
- There is no state funding at this time for DACA application fees.
Please contact your campus staff attorney if you have questions
Lucero Chavez Basilio
COVID-19 DACA Renewals Information
Lucero is still available to schedule phone calls on her online appointment link. She is also available for follow up meetings remotely and can connect via phone or Zoom. If you email her directly or sign up via the DACA follow up appointment link, they can set up a call to do the initial (renewal) DACA paperwork and request checks where necessary and so long as there are still funds available.
For any DACA renewal or other application, we will need to coordinate to collect filing fees and signature pages remotely, either via FedEx or mail since the ACRC and most campus buildings may be closing in the coming days. Please keep in mind that most immigration petitions cannot be sent without the documents signed in pen. This includes DACA renewals.
If you have a pending case with USCIS and may be waiting for an interview appointment or biometrics notice and are feeling ill, USCIS has currently implemented a flexible rescheduling policy. Folks may call USCIS at 1 (800) 375-5283 to reschedule their appointment with no penalty. If you have more questions regarding rescheduling, please see the USCIS info page regarding Covid-19 and reach out to Lucero if you have any questions.
USCIS offices and courts are also closing or limiting their services during this time. This may result in delays for your case processing or appointment scheduling. For folks who have cases with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, they will keep you posted if they receive any specific notices about your case.
Remote Access to Legal Services
The UC Immigrant Legal Services Center’s physical offices at the ACRC and our other UC campuses will be closed until May 1, 2020, pending further changes. We will share updates about our office closure as our plans develop. Nonetheless, they are still working and available remotely. Lucero can be reached via phone at (530) 400-2062, Zoom for videoconferencing, or via the Signal app, which provides another option for video chat and end-to-end encrypted messaging. Signal may be downloaded on most iPhone and Android phones.
COVID-19 Medical Care Information
Some in our community may be wondering if accessing medical care or treatment for the coronavirus may affect an immigration petition under Public Charge rules. The US government recently issued guidance indicating that treatment for coronavirus should not be considered for public charge purposes. We encourage folks to reach out to their doctor or health officials for assistance for coronavirus treatment. For more information on Public Charge, please see our attached FAQs flyer and detailed website from Keep Your Benefits.
Please also see the Centers for Disease Control & California Department of Public Health webpages for updates and resources regarding the coronavirus. Please also check your county website for local updates.