The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Provides Pro Bono Assistance to Beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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Applicants should contact AILA SCV for more information about DACA clinics and workshops.

DACA offers a two-year work permit and temporary freedom from deportation for eligible young immigrants. AILA SCV is actively involved in offering pro bono assistance to the community. So far over 1,000 youth have been educated about their rights and offered help in preparing their DACA applications. Through these workshops and legal clinics, AILA SCV attorneys have volunteered their time to assist local non-profit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

AILA SCV is working in liaison with the Mexican Consulate by conducting informational sessions and DACA workshops. The first such orientation session was held on August 25, 2012. AILA SCV will continue to work with the Mexican Consulate by providing pro-bono assistance to eligible members of the community.

The AILA SCV Chapter urges DACA applicants to consult qualified immigration attorneys. Immigration consultants, notaries public, or “notarios” cannot provide any legal advice nor represent applicants in the immigration process. They may not only charge unreasonable and unnecessary fees, but could cause denial of their applications.

For more information, please contact Sweta Khandelwal, Chair-Elect and Media Co-Liaison for the AILA SCV Chapter at 408 505 2065 or sweta(at)khandelwalaw(dot)com.

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