For an update on the most recent DACA decision, click here. If you need a DACA renewal, we recommend that you make your appointment 6 months before your DACA expires and we advise all DACA recipients, those with pending DACA applications or those who are DACA eligible to make an appointment with a trusted legal services provider.
Free legal services for college communities.
Higher Education Legal Services (HELS) provides FREE immigration legal services to students, staff, and faculty at San Diego and Imperial Counties community and state colleges. Highly qualified legal practitioners provide culturally competent, trauma-informed, reliable expertise to the campus community. Virtual and in-person appointments are available, however, on-site appointments are currently only at the following campuses:
- CSU San Marcos and San Diego State University*
- MiraCosta College, Cuyamaca College and Southwestern College
- Coming soon: Mesa College
*CSU San Marcos and San Diego State students, staff, and faculty: your immediate family members are also eligible for our services!
*CSU students can continue to receive free immigration legal services for TWO YEARS after graduation!
- Consultations (ask us anything!)
- DACA applications
- Family-based immigration
- Know Your Rights
- Emergency Planning & Safety Preparedness
- Advance Parole
- Removal defense (going to court)
- And more!
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