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Higher Education Legal Services

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 Valley 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 only at the following college campuses: CSU San Marcos and San Diego State University, MiraCosta College, Cuyamaca College,  Southwestern College, and San Diego City 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!

Services include:

  • Consultations (ask us anything!)
  • DACA applications
  • Citizenship
  • Family-based immigration
  • Know Your Rights
  • Emergency Planning & Safety Preparedness
  • Advance Parole
  • Removal defense (going to court)
  • And more!

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Take the Next Step

For more information about the HELS program, call (858) 637-3345 or email [email protected].

For general information about JFS Immigration Services, call (858) 637-3365.

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Watch Our Past Workshops

Missed this presentation? No problem! Join our Higher Education Legal Services team as we dive in to DACA updates and discuss advance parole fundamentals: who qualifies, what is needed to apply, case processing, and more.

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Missed this presentation? No problem! Come learn about Naturalization, the application process, including information about the English and Civics test requirement. We will also share information on how JFS-HELS can assist you.

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Missed this presentation? No problem! Learn about the AB60 California Driver’s License and how this law may interact with you.

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Missed this presentation? No problem! Learn about immigration topics including types of status, agencies involved, citizenship, immigration, and your rights as an immigrant in the USA.

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