Updated 4/3/2020

Immigrants Rising is committed to serving undocumented communities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We put together this list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate the crisis. Please contact us if there are additional resources that you would like to add to this document. We will continue to update it as the situation develops.

Recursos para inmigrantes sobre COVID-19 en español—utilice este enlace

Addressing Fear and Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks        2

Health Access & Guidance Regarding Covid-19        2

Connecting To Free/Low-Cost Resources        3

General        3

Workers with DACA        3

Supporting Businesses & Freelancers        4

Accessing Financial Capital        4

Housing        4

K-12 Resources        5

Organizing & Action-Oriented        5

Federal Government Updates        5

Social Distancing        6

Up-To-Date Tracking of COVID-19 Cases Worldwide        6

Other Resources for Immigrant Communities        6

ABOUT US        7

  1. Addressing Fear and Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

  • Explore The Conversation’s 10 Reasons Why Not to Panic to learn how we can collectively contain and defeat the Coronavirus
  • Check out these tips from the Center for Disease Control on Managing Anxiety & Stress during infectious disease outbreaks in English or Spanish
  • Learn about SAMHSA counseling services available to you through their Disaster Distress Helpline and Response Mobile App
  • Check out this guide for parents and caregivers to help families cope from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Get parenting guidance on talking to young and school-age children about coronavirus in English or Spanish
  • Care for yourself and loved ones with the Informed Immigrant’s Mental Health Toolkit
  • To connect with a crisis counselor about anxiety, isolation, concerns about school, financial stress, etc. related to COVID-19, text SHARE to 741741 for free, confidential, 24/7 support.
  • Wednesdays and Sundays from 5-6 PM (PT), join Immigrants Rising’s virtual Wellness Gatherings dedicated to helping undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to one another.
  1. Health Access & Guidance Regarding Covid-19

  • USCIS has confirmed that the Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. USCIS Alert
  • Some undocumented individuals are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal. Currently, Medi-Cal covers testing at no cost.
  1. Senate Bill 75 offers full-scope Medi-Cal to undocumented children up to 19 years of age.
  2. New legislation has expanded full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to young undocumented adults under age 26.
  3. Individuals with DACA status will continue to be eligible for state-funded, full scope Medi Cal
  4. Undocumented people are also qualified for Emergency Medi-Cal
  1. Connecting To Free/Low-Cost Resources

  1. Legal Rights and Supports for Workers


Workers with DACA & TPS



  • The California Employment Development Department (EDD) is encouraging individuals with DACA and other employment authorizations who are affected by coronavirus layoffs to apply for unemployment benefits. Workers don't have to be sick to qualify. Individuals who were laid off or had hours reduced due to coronavirus restrictions can also apply.
  • Applying for unemployment benefits? Check out this step-by-Step application assistance created by the Jewish Family & Children-East Bay in English or Spanish


  • Michigan Immigrant Rights Center have information about DACA and Michigan Unemployment Insurance in English and Spanish


  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights created an infographic about DACA and unemployment insurance in Illinois
  1. Supporting Businesses & Freelancers


Accessing Financial Capital

  • To learn more about building credit and accessing financial capital for yourself and your business using an ITIN, read our Credit and Financial Capital Guide.
  • Immigrants Rising’s KickStarter Grants offers short-term, non-renewable grants.
  • Inclusive Action for the City has created the Street Vendor Emergency Fund for Los Angeles vendors who cannot access assistance from the government.
  • Low-interest business loans ranging from $2,600 to $250,000 are available through Opportunity Fund.
  • Mission Asset Fund offers 0% interest for credit-building loans (up to $2,400) and loans to start or expand a business (up to $2,500) Immigrants nationally. They also provide loans to CA residents to pay for USCIS application fees.
  • Find loans or local business assistance on Venturize.
  • COVID19 Capital Relief Directory is a searchable database that includes grants, loans, and other cash equivalents that can help entrepreneurs, nonprofits and businesses anywhere in the world cope with the crisis.
  • To support immediate needs, the Kauffman Foundation published a guide to Small Business Administration (SBA) lending and they are promoting the COVID-19 Business Resources Center, developed by Hello Alice, which is updated daily with funding opportunities, resources, and information for small business owners.
  1. Housing

  • Various cities in California and other states have issued rent moratoriums for a limited time to prevent residents from being evicted due to a loss of income related to a business closure, loss of hours or wages, layoffs, or out-of-pocket medical costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. California: Statewide, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose
  2. Other States: Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, New York
  3. To determine whether your city or state has a rent moratorium, please check your city government website or this national listing for updates.
  • Use letters from SideHustle Templates for CA Renters or Renters Outside CA to reach out to your landlord to request a rent payment plan, rent suspension and/or temporary rent reduction due to COVID-19
  1. K-12 Resources

  1. Organizing & Action-Oriented

  1. Other Resources for Immigrant Communities

  1. Federal Government Updates

  • CLINIC is working with government agencies and partners to secure the most up-to-date information regarding agency status and responses to the COVID-19 crisis
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept all benefit forms and documents with reproduced original signatures, including the Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, for submissions dated March 21, 2020, and after. Learn More
  • USCIS is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers from March 18 until May 3rd. However, USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. In the meantime, please call the USCIS Contact Center for assistance with emergency immigration-related services.
  • USCIS announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorizations extension requests until offices reopen.
  • Effective March 18, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will seek to arrest only persons whom they believe are “public safety risks” and certain individuals with criminal backgrounds.For all others, ICE will exercise discretion to delay arrests until after the public health crisis diminishes or utilize alternatives. Review the change in policy about Immigration Enforcement and other ICE COVID-19 updates.
  • The IRS deadline for filing federal taxes has been extended until July 15, 2020. For more information check here. Individual state filing deadlines may vary.
  • The Census Bureau has extended the deadline to complete the 2020 census to August 14, 2020.
  1. Social Distancing

  1. Up-To-Date Tracking of COVID-19 Cases Worldwide

  • Coronavirus Dashboard tracks the numbers of cases including deaths and recovery rates both locally and globally, as well as provides an interactive map.
  • Why Fighting the Coronavirus Depends On You is a video created by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which highlights how slowing down the spread of the virus could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

We would like to thank the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA) and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration for providing resources for this document. CIYJA has released their own document: COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians.


Immigrants Rising helps you make decisions based on your potential, not your perceived limits. Visit our website so you can see what’s possible: www.immigrantsrising.org. For inquiries regarding this resource, please contact Nancy Jodaitis at nancy@immigrantsrising.org.