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We have compiled a list of both federal and California state government websites that should answer questions about visa and immigration status, taxes, and social security.  The legal resources cover immigration, tenant's rights, use of outside counsel and what to do after finishing your time with UC Davis. 

Federal Government Websites

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

U.S. Department of State

Other Federal Government Websites

California State Websites

Certified Legal Specialists for Immigration & Nationality Law

Legal Resources

Know Your Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union has prepared a brochure in several languages to help individuals know their rights.  The following quote from the ACLU helps explain the purpose and scope of their brochure.

"If government agents question you, it is important to understand your rights. You should be careful about what you say when approached by federal, state or local law enforcement officials. If you give answers, they can be used against you in a criminal, immigration, or civil case.

Over the past two years, the FBI, for example, has significantly increased its use of “voluntary” interviews – especially within specific racial, ethnic, and religious communities – often encouraging interviewees to serve as informants in their communities.

The ACLU's Know Your Rights booklet provides effective and useful guidance in a user-friendly question and answer format. The booklet addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by federal, state or local law enforcement officers. This booklet is for citizens and non-citizens with extra information for non-citizens in a separate section. Another section covers what can happen to you at airports and other points of entry into the United States. The last section discusses concerns you may have related to your charitable contributions and religious or political beliefs. The booklet tells you about your basic rights. It is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been arrested or believe that your rights have been violated.

This free booklet is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi. Booklets in these languages are available for download."

Quote located at ACLU website

Housing & Tenant's Rights/Responsibilities

Campus & Community Legal Resources

UC Davis Policy Regarding Outside Counsel

Policies regarding University legal representation require departments to consult with SISS when outside counsel is considered for immigration issues.

SISS coordinates with the UC Davis Office of Campus Counsel and the UC Office of General Counsel (OGC), which is responsible for handling all legal matters pertaining to the University, and for representing the University in all legal proceedings (Regents Bylaw 21.2)

OGC has retained law firms specializing in immigration law to provide services in support of SISS's mission to assist international students, scholars and campus departments with visa and immigration issues. These University legal services are available to campus departments (and individuals whom they are sponsoring) only upon prior authorization by SISS. 

It is important to note that many visa and immigration processes require the relevant petitions and applications be initiated by the University as the employer.  Consistent with Regents Bylaw 21.2, only University authorized legal counsel may represent the University in such employment processes.  Further information on University policies regarding employment and immigration sponsorship of non-immigrant workers can be found in the Academic Personnel Manual (APM 530).