Student Support

Immigration Resources


Immigration Legal Services Project

Schedule your DACA renewal appointment with CARECEN using their online system:

From there:

  1. Click the "Book Now" button
  2. Select the Santa Monica College tab
  3. Select first-time appointment (for DACA renewals, etc.)

For now, they have Mondays available for SMC students through their online system. Appointments may be conducted via video chat during the current social-distancing mandate.

Legal services through this agency are FREE for SMC students, staff, and faculty and includes DACA renewals, general consultation, and more!​​

DACA Update

Consistent with this order (PDF, 401.59 KB), DHS will continue to accept the filing of both initial and renewal DACA requests, as well as accompanying requests for employment authorization. However, pursuant to the July 16, 2021 order from the Southern District of Texas, DHS is prohibited from granting initial DACA requests and accompanying requests for employment authorization. Also consistent with that order, DHS will continue to grant or deny renewal DACA requests, according to existing policy. 


Public Charge Rule Info Sheet (document created 10/2021)

Scheduled Presentations and Recordings

Provided are workshops, recordings and information sessions related to immigration updates hosted by CARECEN-LA.

Important Note: Recordings may have outdated information and exist as an archive. Please consult your legal representative regarding your specific situation.

Online Legal Resources

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) funds qualified non-profits to provide free legal services for low-income individuals. The following organizations provide DACA renewal assistance. Assistance with USCIS DACA renewal filing fees may also be available. Services are not guaranteed. You must contact the organization directly to inquire about service availability.