Legal Support

If you are a DACA student, an undocumented student, or a student with temporary protected status, and you’re looking for support, please contact Queena Hoang, quhoang@usc.edu. She is the Coordinator of the USC First Generation Plus Center and the point of contact for coordinating efforts and opportunities across campus that support immigrant and international students. Your conversations with her will be confidential. She can connect you with resources regarding financial aid, academic and housing issues, confidential advising, and legal support.

Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic

The USC Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic operates three legal aid programs that serve the USC community, students, staff, faculty and their families as well as the Los Angeles community. Clinic’s students and staff speak multiple languages, including Spanish, Farsi, Sinhalese, and conversational Italian.

The Immigrant Legal Assistance Center – (ILAC)

ILAC provides free confidential legal consultations and, where appropriate, legal representation, to members of the USC community. ILAC assists with a variety of immigration matters, including DACA renewals, green card renewals, naturalization applications, family immigrant visa petitions, and consultations to explore other possible ways to acquire immigration status.  ILAC maintains an Emergency Hotline (213-740-7435) for members of the USC community who might be arrested by ICE and will consult with and advise anyone arrested by ICE. ILAC also provides Know Your Rights and Emergency Planning presentations upon request.

Target population: ILAC’s services are available to all members of the USC Community, which includes students, staff, faculty, contract employees, and their immediate family members, who would like a consultation with an attorney regarding their immigration status or case and/or any immigration law-related questions they may have.

The USC Citizenship Initiative

The Citizenship Initiative provides free assistance with completing and filing naturalization applications both for members of the USC community and for the general public.

Target Population: The Citizenship Initiative’s services are available to all members of the USC Community and members of the general public who are Lawful Permanent Residents (“green card” holders) and who are eligible to become naturalized citizens.  The Citizenship Initiative will screen individuals to determine their eligibility.

The Removal Defense Clinic, Immigration Detention and Appellate Clinic

This teaching clinic provides free legal representation to adults and children from all over the world, including Mexico, Central and South America, and Africa.

Office of International Services (OIS)

The Office of International Services (OIS) supports F-1 and J-1 non-immigrants (international) students and exchange visitors who are either enrolled in a degree or non-degree program, or are invited to the university to participate in short-term teaching and research opportunities.

OIS is a resource center that provides the following:

  • New and continuing student services focused on helping students easily transition to the campus and the LA area, and be successful in their academic degree program;
  • Advising on immigration matters related to F-1 and J-1 regulations;
  • Guidance on F-1/J-1 non-immigrant employment benefits and work authorizations for both on and off-campus employment;
  • Opportunities to participate in social, recreational, and educational programming to enhance the student’s USC experience.

Target population: USC students or scholars who are on F-1 or J-1 status.

The USC Faculty and Staff Visa Services

The Faculty/Staff Visa Services is the sole authorized representative of the University’s employment-based petitions including nonimmigrant temporary work authorization and permanent residence. These are employment authorizations that require a U.S. employer to sponsor or petition the foreign national. Services do not include employment authorization applications such as TPS, Asylum, DACA, Cancelation, or Adjustment of Status.

Target Population: All USC’s foreign national employees requiring employment-based sponsorship.