EBSC provides a range of free and low-cost legal services for low-income immigrants and people escaping violence and persecution. We have helped nearly 4,000 people obtain asylum with a 97.6% success rate. We also help with work permits, permanent residency, citizenship applications, and more.

AFFIRMATIVE ASYLUM

Every year, we file around 250 affirmative asylum applications. But that’s not all we do. Our asylum services also include researching country conditions, preparing clients for their interview, providing culturally competent interpretation, obtaining psychological evaluations if needed, and accompanying our clients to their interview.

EBSC commits to accompany asylum clients throughout the asylum process.


DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

Since 2012, our DACA program has filed over 2,800 DACA initial and renewal applications serving over 1,300 clients through workshops and one-on-one appointments. We are happy to assist individuals with complex cases as well, such as cases involving criminal arrests and convictions.

We have screened hundreds of DREAMers for permanent immigration relief and have assisted them achieve permanent status such as LGBTQ Asylum, U Visa, Green Card through Family Petition, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. We collaborate closely with coalitions working for a clean DREAM Act. 

EBSC often hires DACA recipients as paralegals who then help other young people achieve their dreams.


UNACCOMPANIED MINORS/ SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS (SIJS):

We maintain 377 open cases for Unaccompanied Children (our youngest client was one year old and the child of another EBSC client, age 15). Yearly, we file 15-25 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases (for abused, abandoned, and neglected children) and U Visa applications for unaccompanied children.


PERMANENT RESIDENCY AND GREEN CARD RENEWAL

EBSC files for residency on behalf of over 350 clients yearly, along with dozens of green card renewal applications.


NATURALIZATION

People are usually eligible to apply for naturalization 4 years and 9 months after the “Resident since” date on their green card. Once our clients achieve asylum and residency, we help them become citizens and provide the skills and opportunities needed for civic participation. We offer Naturalization and Civic Engagement Workshops, Application Processing, Consultations for initial applications and case reviews, Legal Assistance Clinics, Intakes and Referrals. We file over 125 naturalization applications each year, mostly for clients who also received asylum with EBSC’s help. And in partnering with the East Bay Naturalization Collaborative, which files 600 to 800 applications per year, we take on the complex cases that the Collaborative simply cannot process on its own.