Immigration Services

The Immigration Branch ensures the effective development and implementation of programs and funding initiatives necessary to support legal services, outreach, community education, and other immigrant integration efforts. The Branch’s initiatives include services to increase access to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), naturalization, and immigration protections for Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUM).

Immigration Services Funding

Senate Bill (SB) 79 (Statutes of 2015, Chapter 5.6) enacted California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) §13302-§13306 authorized the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to award funding to qualified nonprofit organizations to provide qualified nonprofit organizations to provide one or more of the following five (5) service categories: (1) Services to Assist Applicants seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or other immigration remedies; (2) Services to Assist Applicants seeking Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) or other immigration remedies; (3) Services to Assist Applicants seeking Naturalization; (4) Legal Training and Technical Assistance Services; and (5) Education and Outreach Activities. services to immigrants who reside in the state of California. These funds shall expand services by augmenting existing funding resources of other providers and will focus on services to immigrants who reside in the State of California.

Program updates

  • The CDSS, Immigration Branch is pleased to announce its intent to offer funding for Immigration Services for Fiscal Year 2015/16. Please see the announcement for further details and a list of awardees.
  • The Request for Application period is closed; however, please review the following documents for reference:
  • For more program information, please review the FAQs:
  • Important Dates to Remember:
    • January 01, 2016 - Service Implementation
    • June 30, 2017 - End of Contract Term
  • Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUM)

    Senate Bill (SB) 873 (Statutes of 2014, Chapter 685) enacted California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) §13300-§13302 which authorizes the California of Department of Social Services (CDSS) to award funding to qualified nonprofit legal services organizations to provide legal services to eligible Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUMs), as defined in Section 279(g)(2) of Title 6 of the United States Code, who are present in California and transferred to the care and custody of the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) or are residing with a sponsor.

    The funding for legal services provided pursuant to SB 873 is for the sole purpose of providing legal representation for UUMs in the filing of, preparation for and representation in administrative and/or judicial proceedings for the following immigration statuses: asylum, T-Visa, U-Visa, and/or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The legal services include culturally and linguistically appropriate services provided by attorneys, paralegals, interpreters and other support staff for state court proceedings, federal immigration proceedings, and any appeals arising from those proceedings.

    Submit any UUM related questions to UUMLegalServices@dss.ca.gov.



    Contact Us:

    Email: ImmigrationServices@dss.ca.gov
    Phone: (916) 657-3442
    Fax: (916) 654-7187

    California Department of Social Services
    Immigration Branch, MS 8-9-33
    P.O. Box 944243
    Sacramento, CA 94244-2430