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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 County Community and State colleges. See eligibility information below.

Mission Statement

The Higher Education Legal Services (HELS) program provides trusted, accessible, and high-quality immigration legal services to college communities within the California border regions, directly on campus. HELS also empowers immigrants through education and by building lasting relationships that recognize their dignity, complexity, intersectionality, and hopes and dreams.

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.

Eligibility for Services

HELS provides services to students, staff and faculty of all California State Universities and California Community Colleges in the San Diego and Imperial Valley regions. Campuses are listed below.

Dual enrollment high school students and students taking classes in adult education through one of these community college systems are also eligible.

At the California State University campuses San Diego State University and Cal State San Marcos immediate relatives of students, staff and faculty (spouse, parents, children, and siblings) are also eligible for services through HELS. Students continue to be able to receive HELS services for two years after graduation.


Watch Our Past Workshops

What Immigrants need to know about earning income in the US.

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DACA Update 2023

October 5, 2023

Learn about the DACA Decision released on September 13, 2023 and what it means for our community.

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This overview focuses on humanitarian immigration relief that may be available to survivors of crimes, and those who have experienced abuse or trafficking. Included is a discussion of asylum and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as well as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS).

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All information submitted is confidential and will not be shared with government or other agencies.

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