Asylum, Refugee, and Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ)

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Ask questions and get answers, in real time, right here on the Internet, from live law librarians throughout California.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

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Download your immigration forms online.

Answers to your questions about the asylum process.

By filing online you can submit and view certain benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates.

Use your application receipt number to check your case status online.

Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, USCIS established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types.

A refugee is someone of special humanitarian concern and who demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, or political opinion.

You could stay in the U.S. for protection from persecution.

You may file an appeal on some unfavorable decisions to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).

The National Asylee Information and Referral Line

When you fear you may be harmed due to your gender.

This handbook is intended for use by pro bono attorneys and immigration attorneys working on LGBTQ/HIV asylum cases. The handbook is not intended as legal advice and is not meant to be used by unrepresented asylum seekers to prepare their own applications.

Options for DACA holders whose driver’s licenses expire when their DACA expires

USCIS announced that it would resume accepting DACA renewal applications beginning January 13, 2018. Here's what you need to know and how you can get legal assistance and help with the application fee if you are eligible to renew.

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. You can also call the state hotline 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD).