Immigration Policy & Resources

Sanctuary Policy

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San Francisco, A Sanctuary City

The San Francisco city government is dedicated to creating a safe environment where immigrants can go to school, see a doctor, and be a part of their community.
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Undocumented, Unafraid and United Students Resolution: Services and Resources for Students and Their Families

The UUU Resolution affirms that all students have the right to attend school regardless of immigration status and outlines the District’s support services for undocumented students and their families.

Federal Laws Impacting Immigrant Families

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New Public Charge Rules: Supreme Court ruling allows the Department of Homeland Security to Implement New Rule, Starts Feb 24

“Public charge” is the government's term for determining if an individual will become dependent on government benefits. This is considered when an individual applies for permanent residency (“green card”) or entry into the U.S. with a visa.
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals

DACA is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. It provides temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number.

SF Laws Impacting Immigrant Families

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Non-citizen Voting for SF School Board

Since 2018, eligible non-citizens (for example: green card holders) can participate in SFUSD School Board Elections which is coming up on November 5, 2019.

SFUSD Refugee and Immigrant Supports in Education (RISE-SF)

RISE-SF ​is charged with increasing access to education for all immigrant and refugee students through the promotion of culturally and linguistically inclusive programs and services.

Newcomer Programming

Newly arrived refugee and immigrant English Language Learners have particular educational strengths and challenges that necessitate specific supports and programming. RISE-SF supports schools in implementing promising practices for this community.

Sanctuary Education

As a sanctuary school district, SFUSD upholds every young person’s constitutional right to feel safe and supported in school. RISE-SF supports schools in ensuring their communities are aware of their rights and prepared to defend them.


  • District Coordinator: Angelina Romano, MSW/PPS | | 415.890.5324                  
  • Newcomer Services Coordinator: Susana Rivero | | 415.919.8184


College Resources

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SFUSD College Resources for Undocumented Students

Get college resources for undocumented students, such as financial aid and scholarships for nonresident tuition at public colleges and universities in California.

Community & City Resources

San Francisco Immigrant & Legal Education Network (SFILEN)

As a network of 13 community-based organizations, SFILEN provides free immigration legal services, comprehensive legal assistance and community education.

San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (OCEIA)

For families who are unsure of their status or need legal consultation, OCEIA has developed a new tool to find the right lawyer in San Francisco.

San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC)

HRC is charged with implementing the SF Sanctuary City Ordinance by assisting the public in filing, mediating, and investigating complaints of non-compliance with the ordinance.