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Dreamers Resources

Immigration/Legal Resources

On 12/04/20, a federal court ordered DHS to fully reinstate the DACA program, including accepting new and renewal applications, processing advanced parole requests, and extending work permits to 2 years.  See full details below and sign up for a free immigration legal consultation session to submit your DACA initial or renewal application today!

In partnership with Chabot College, East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is offering FREE immigration legal services to Chabot students. While campus is closed, EBCLC will be conducting phone/virtual appointments. 

Schedule an appointment today!

EBCLC Legal Service Appointments

Schedule an appointment with an immigration attorney or legal advocate to discuss your immigration status and options.  In partnership with Chabot College, East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is offering FREE immigration services to Chabot College students.  

Appointments are available:

  • 1st Tuesday of every month, 10am - 2pm
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month, 1pm - 5pm

Appointments are currently being held virtually or over the phone.

Schedule your appointment online today! 

For questions, email ChabotLegal@EBCLC.org. To learn more about EBCLC, visit the EBCLC website. 

Additional Immigration Resources

CASH ASSISTANCE for DACA FEES: the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and the California Dream Network (CDN) hope to provide cash assistance to undocumented students through Dream Resource Centers at postsecondary institutions in San Francisco and Alameda Counties. The cash assistance can consist of $500 for food, rent, school cost, or $495 for DACA fees. Applicants should be college students from the Alameda or San Francisco counties with undocumented, DACA, or AB540 status. 
Click here to complete the CHIRLA cash assistance intake form today!

Due to recent threats of large scale immigration raids and deportations, it is important to stay informed and know your rights. Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of their immigration status. If you and your loved ones find yourselves affected by a raid, or are approached by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, can protect yourselves. Click the following links for more information:   English  Spanish  Tagalog Vietnamese Chinese Arabic

Immigration laws are complex and subject to change. Please refer to the following agencies for specific questions and support regarding immigration and legal status:

 Immigration Policy Updates

*Public Charge Update as of 3/18/21

From East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC):

"On March 9, 2021, the Biden administration dropped its defense of the Trump public charge rule in a federal lawsuit, bringing an end to the Trump’s version of public charge. Immigrant families should seek the benefits and services they need, especially during the pandemic, without fear of negative consequences on their immigration case. Health services, rental assistance, food assistance, tax credits, and other critical services do not count for public charge."

You can find more information from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) on the changes to Public Charge here.

*DACA Update as of 12/08/20

From East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC):

On December 4th, 2020, a federal court ruled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be fully reinstated.  As a result, begining December 7th, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will:

  • Accept first-time DACA applications
  • Accept DACA renewal requests
  • Accept applications for advanced parole
  • Extend one-year grants of deferred action under DACA to two years, and
  • Extend one-year employment authorization documents under DACA to two years

Chabot students can schedule a free legal immigration consultation with EBCLC to see if you may be eligible for DACA here.

Click here for more details on this decision.  Click here for a helpful checklist for new DACA applicants.

DACA Update as of 8/28/20

From Immigrants Rising:

"On August 24th, USCIS has released its latest guidelines regarding the new restrictions around DACA. The most glaring change is that USCIS will reject all applications submitted more than 150 days before the expiration of the current DACA status. This will make harder for USCIS to approve renewals before the work authorization expires. From the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration:

From the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

"On July 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum detailing several significant changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This memorandum reduced renewals to one-year, expressly prohibited the adjudication of initial requests and advance parole requests. 

*DACA Update as of 6/18/20

From the East Bay Community Law Center & the Chabot Dream Center:

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), in partnership with the Chabot College Dream Center, celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s momentous ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s attempt to end the DACA program is unlawful. More details to follow. 

*Public Charge Update as of 03/05/2020

Update from Immigrant Legal Resource Center


Public charge is a test to determine if someone applying for permanent residence (a “green card”), or for a visa to enter the United States, seems likely to depend on public benefits in the future. If the U.S. government decides that the applicant is likely to become a public charge, the government can deny their green card or visa application.


Public charge affects people who are applying for permanent residence through a U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative petition, or who are applying for a visa to enter the United States. Other immigration cases, like asylum, U visas, naturalization, and cancellation in court are not affected!


Many immigrants do not have to worry about public charge because there is no public charge test for the immigration status for which they are applying. For example, these people are not subject to a public charge test:

  • Refugees and asylees
  • People with a U Visa, T Visa, VAWA, or SIJS
  • DACA and TPS applicants
  • The majority of permanent residents
  • U.S. Citizens

Also remember that if a person is not currently applying for any immigration status, they are not affected by public charge. The public charge test only matters when a person submits an application for an immigration benefit (and even then, only certain applications—most commonly, an application for a green card through a U.S. citizen or permanent resident family member). Most immigrants do not need to worry about public charge. If you are ready to become a permanent resident, consult with an immigration expert


It depends. If a person is not eligible to apply for a green card through a family member, then public charge is not an issue. For many, the need for health care, food support, and housing will far outweigh a public charge concern. If a person has a family member who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and thinks they might be eligible to apply for a green card through that family member, the person should talk to an immigration expert.


The new DHS rule took effect for applications filed in the United States on February 24, 2020. This rule does not apply to applications to get a green card in the United States that were filed before February 24. The new rule does not consider any public benefits used before February 24, 2020.

 Please visit the ILRC website for more details regarding this update to the public charge rule.  

Transfer Resources

Life After College & Entrepreneurship

If you have questions about how your status may affect your career path or what options are open to you, we encourage you to talk to a Dream Center counselor and check out the resources below. 

Graduate/Professional School Options

  • The Immigrants Rising "Life After College" Guide explores graduate school, professional schools, and work options for undocumented students
  • Pre-Health Dreamers has a number of resources and guides for students interested in pursuing the medical and allied health fields, such as Medical school, Dental school, and Nursing.
  • California SB 1139 (2016) prohibits excluding undocumented immigrants from medical school or residency programs on the basis on their citizenship or immigration status. 
  • Immigrants Rising has a list of Graduate School Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships that are open to students regardless of citizenship status.  

Entrepreneurship Options

Students with DACA are granted temporary work authorization, which opens up a wide variety of internship and career opportunities. However, there are also many other options for income generation, regardless of your current immigration status, including independent contracting, freelance work, and entrepreneurship.   

Mental Health & Wellness Resources

Community Mental Health Resources

The Immigrants Rising Mental Health Connector provides undocumented young people with psychological support, allowing you to access your strengths and resiliency in order to achieve your personal goals and healing.

Our experienced and culturally responsive mental health therapists volunteer to provide free and completely confidential services, tailored to meet the needs of each individual. Therapists receive ongoing peer consultation and training to better understand the unique experiences of undocumented young people.

All undocumented young people who reside in California and are comfortable conversing in English are eligible for our service.

Immigrants Rising also offers weekly virtual Wellness Gatherings to help undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to one another.

Mental Health & Wellness resources from Informed Immigrant, including Black and Latinx therapist networks. 

Chabot College Community Resource Guide

Chabot CARES Mental Health Services

Chabot College offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL mental health services for all registered Chabot College students.

We offer:  

  • Crisis counseling
  • Short term individual counseling- typically 6 sessions per semester
  • Referrals for mental health services in the community
  • Support Groups

Our mental health practitioners and interns provide confidential assistance for:

  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Family changes & challenges
  • Anxiety (including test anxiety)
  • Financial stress
  • Health crisis
  • Traumatic events
  • Grief and loss
  • Overwhelming feelings
  • Talking to someone in a safe and trusting environment  

Campus Resources for Students