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CHIRLA Legal Services

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), in collaboration with Los Rios Community College District, offers free virtual/telephonic immigration consultations to Los Rios students, faculty, and staff. CHIRLA immigration services include:

  • Immigration consultations
  • DACA renewals
  • Naturalization
  • Family-based immigration
  • Know your rights

To make an appointment, visit CHIRLA and select Locations and Appointments from the menu.

Note: You are not required to state the nature of your case/question to college staff to make an appointment.

California Community College Legal Services

Free immigration legal services are available to students, staff, and faculty affiliated with the California community colleges. Priority for services is given to undocumented students, staff, and faculty. The immigration legal service providers offering services at the 65 campuses have developed scheduling, intake, and reporting processes that ensure student information remains confidential and protected.

Though all legal providers offer legal consultations and basic immigration benefit application assistance, some providers may offer additional services. Basic immigration legal assistance includes:

  • Legal consultations to screen for immigration relief
  • Deferred Action from Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewals
  • Family-based petitions
  • Naturalization/citizenship applications

Visit the California Community Colleges Undocumented Student Legal Services website to access these resources.

DACA Assistance Funds

The DACA Assistance Fund is a one-time allocation of $3 million to support students, faculty, and staff across the California Community Colleges to pay for the $495 filing fee.

Who is eligible?

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Dual Enrolled students
  • Noncredit students
  • Adult education

The Fund supports both first-time applicants as well as those renewing their DACA within 150 days of their permit expiring.

What if the USCIS is not accepting applications at this time?

According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), requests will remain on hold, in "pending" status, while the Southern District of Texas order remains in effect. With respect to individuals who have not yet filed for DACA, under the Court's order, USCIS may continue to accept first-time DACA applications, but may not grant any initial DACA requests at this time. It is unclear whether there is any benefit to applying for initial DACA at this time. Please consult with a licensed immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative for advice on your case.

How to access benefits:

To access benefits from the Community College Immigration Services Project, students, faculty, and staff need to make an appointment with their region's identified host college, which can be found on the Chancellor's Office website.

Eligible individuals from any California Community College can schedule an appointment within their specific region and must choose a college that is closest to them.

For questions regarding eligibility or issues with scheduling, please email Alonso Garcia at

If I am already working with an organization that is not listed, can I still get assistance?

In order to be eligible to receive assistance with the USCIS filing fee, eligible individuals must use one of the nine legal service providers contracted to provide services under the Community College Immigration Services Project.

Fee Reimbursement Policy

If you filed before connecting with one of the nine chosen legal services providers, you are not eligible to receive a reimbursement of your fees.

Report ICE Activity

Call Sacramento Rapid Response Network at (916) 245-6773 to report ICE activity.

Download our informational flyer: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Just Showed Up! Now What?.

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