CARECEN Legal Services

CARECEN Legal Services


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Legal Services

Direct immigration legal services are available free of charge to ​CSU students and employees.​ Attorneys and paralegals are available to assist students with general consultations, DACA renewals and general assistance in filling out forms such as family-based petitions. Priority will be given to undocumented students, staff and faculty. ​

Funding for the services is provided by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). The project funds initially were provided through a one-time allocation of $7 million from the 2018 Budget Act to CDSS to implement direct immigration legal service programs on CSU campuses. Recurring funds were awarded in the 2019-20 budget.​

These agencies will provide immigration legal services at CSU campuses in specific geographic areas and will create scheduling, intake and reporting processes to ensure participating campuses are aligned. Services offered by region will vary for each provider.

CARECEN was contracted to provide those services to 8 CSUs. At the moment, each campus has a team of legal staff providing free consultations and other immigration related relief.

CARECEN itself is a non-profit based out of LA, however we have offices in other areas like Van Nuys and San Bernardino. We were created in 1983 by Salvadoran refugees and have been providing access to legal services. We not only have legal services, but also are in advocacy as well as organizing. For a more in depth background of the organization please visit our website or contact us at 

The services we offer are: 

  • General Consultation 
  • DACA Renewals 
  • Citizenship Family Petitions
  • Removal Defense
  • Adjustment of Status 
  • Special Immigration 
  • Juvenile Status 
  • U Visa/ T Visa, and other matters 

CARECEN is on campus every Tuesday and Thursday for appointments from 9AM to 4PM. They also have offices in San Bernardino that are open to CPP students. 

To make an appointment to meet with our legal staff, please click on the Make an Appointment tab.

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