California Dream Act: Apply Now!
The California Dream Act allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain provisions to apply for and receive private scholarships through public universities, state financial aid, University grants, fee waivers and Cal Grants. Work with your school counselors to apply today!
Expert Advice & Resources for Undocumented College Students
Learn more about tuition and enrollment policies, financial aid and scholarships, and get expert advice on how to overcome legal and financial barriers in this Guide for Undocumented College Students from Affordable Colleges Online as well as this DACA and Undocumented Student Guide from MSW Degrees.
On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump administration, announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Here are the top five things to know about his announcement:
1. Your DACA is valid until its expiration date. DACA and work permits (employment authorization documents) will remain valid until their expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expire, check your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your employment authorization document (EAD).
2. No new DACA applications will be accepted. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not accept or process first-time applications for DACA after September 5, 2017.
3. If you already have DACA and want to renew it: DACA issuances and work permits that expire between now and March 5, 2018, must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017. If you have a work permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, and you want to renew it, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017.
4. Advance parole to travel abroad is no longer available. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through advance parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed, and DHS will refund any associated fees.
5. We are united in this fight. You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit www.weareheretostay.org for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of yourselves in this difficult time, as well as information on what you can do to take action now.
For information on supports within OUSD for DACA recipients, please email Nicole Knight, Executive Director of English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. Although DACA does not provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence, it does provide temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Providing legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights.
Includes FAQs and includes a directory where students can find resources with up-to-date information as policies evolve.
United We Dream
Immigrant youth building a movement for justice.
Empowering immigrant communities through access to information and legal services.
National Immigration Law Center
One of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income.