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Before investing in any business, small business and immigration rights advocates recommend that immigrants – regardless if they are naturalized U.S. citizens, green card holders, visa holders or undocumented immigrants – consult with an experienced immigration attorney to confirm their employment status and any other necessary legal concerns.

“Creating a business — including how you do it and what you do — could have an impact on your immigration status, your ability to get a visa, possible violations of your visa and even a future green card or citizenship application, so it is very important to get advice from a qualified immigration attorney,” said Joshua Escalante Troesh, a business advisor and founder of Purposeful Strategic Partners and professor of entrepreneurship.

For additional assistance, please see the below links that offer entrepreneurial services, legal referrals, translation services and training.

Online Legal Support Directory was designed to address the lack of reliable information available to low-income immigrants by providing an easy-to-use online directory of legal services providers. In addition to the ability to search for nonprofit legal services by state, county, and detention facility, the website allows users to find organizations by languages spoken, types of legal and other services provided, and specific areas of legal assistance.

It is available in these languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. is a project of the Immigration Advocates Network, of which NILC is a founding partner. is California’s official and free legal resource

  • RELIABLE information about common legal issues, written by reputable sources on 16 general topics and over 140 specific subtopics

  • UPDATED directory of legitimate and pre-screened organizations that offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation

LawHelpCA has been prepared for general information purposes only. It does not provide direct legal advice but can connect you to legal aid organizations and referral services.


State Resources

California: Executive and Legislative  |  California: Administrative Agencies

NATIONAL Advocacy & Research Organizations

CALIFORNIA Advocacy & Research Organizations

Immigrant Solidarity Network

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Midwest Coalition for Human Rights


Marielena Hincapié’s Huffington Post Blog

She has authored numerous publications and policy analyses, provided strategic assistance and training to thousands of legal and social service providers, and to labor unions and community-based organizations.


Immigration Impact

“. . . was launched to help shape and develop a rational national conversation on immigration that shifts the terms of the debate towards achieving workable and effective comprehensive policy reform.”  (A project of the Immigration Policy Center.)

A DREAM Deferred

“We are students from diverse backgrounds who have come together from across the United States to share our stories, experiences, voices and support for the DREAM Act and other immigration issues pertinent to our lives.”


ImmigrationProf Blog

“A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network”


The Sanctuary

100% Pro-Migrant”


Race Matters

“[S]tories and current developments on the government’s special registration program [NSEERS] and immigration policies that treat people differently based on race, religion, or ethnicity.”

Standing FIRM

“The Fair Immigration Reform Movement is a national coalition of grassroots organizations fighting for immigrant rights at the local, state and federal level. To learn more about our coalition, visit”

Coloradans For Immigrant Rights

This blog is written collectively by volunteer members of Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC.”


Western MA Coalition for Immigrant & Worker Rights 

A group of organizations and community members who advocate, educate, organize, and mobilize to protect the Human, Civil, and Constitutional Rights of all workers and residents in our communities.”

California Immigrant Policy Center Blog

A place where you can learn about important issues affecting the state’s immigrants and all California residents.”

DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


Biden Administration Executive Actions

Biden Administration Day One Immigration Actions

Dream and Promise Act of 2019

FAQ: American Dream and Promise Act of 2019Summary of Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6)Side by Side: Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the American Promise Act of 2017, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, and the SECURE Act of 2019Side by Side: DACA and Provisions of Dream Act of 2019 and American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

Dream Act, Dreamers, and Related Legislation

Dream Act 2017: Summary and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Side by Side: DACA Solutions in the Dream and USA Acts (table)Legislation to Protect DACA Recipients/Immigrant Youth (table)Side by Side: Provisions of 2010 and 2017 Dream

Acts and DACA (table)FAQ: The BRIDGE Act

 “Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream and Grow Our Economy. The SUCCEED Act: Top 5 Ways SUCCEED Fails Immigrant Youth Dream and the Health Professions Top 5 Reasons Why the Dream Act Can’t Wait Until 2018 2010 Dream Act: Fact Sheets, Studies & Reports, Dreamers’ Stories


National Immigration Law Center Priorities

Freedom to Thrive: Priorities for Executive Action on Immigration in 2021

Changes to Immigration Enforcement

Administrative Immigration Relief 2014–15: Frequently Asked Questions About Immigration EnforcementPresident Obama’s Immigration Announcement: Changes to Immigration Enforcement

Economic Benefits

The Economic Benefits of Legalizing Immigrants’ Presence CBO Report Confirms a Positive Impact of Immigration Reform on Federal Budget

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

Summary & Analysis: The Senate BillThe Senate Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744): What’s Good, What’s Bad (English and Spanish)DREAM Provisions in S. 744Senate Immigration Reform Bill: Summary of Immigrant Integration Provisions

DAPA and Expanded DACA

FAQ: DAPA and Expanded DACASummary: President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents Program (“DAPA”)

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