Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)/Undocumented Students

Affinity Resources:

  • Career Access Resource Library (CARL): The CARL system is designed to help you access career-related links and resources useful for career exploration as well as graduate school, internship, and fellowship searches. A great feature of CARL is that users can build a bibliography of relevant links and receive the bibliography via email.
  • College Guide for Undocumented Students: This resource guide has information regarding the federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, the college application process, how to finance a college education, how to talk about being undocumented, available scholarship opportunities, and tips for how to navigate the college experience, as well as a number of additional resources. Consider reviewing this guide for additional help, resources, and access to support.
  • Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Due to federal court orders, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. For more information, visit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction.
  • DACA and Your Workplace Rights: This FAQ, answered by the National Immigration Law Center, is intended to answer questions such as what are the rights of workers (1) when they apply for DACA, (2) after they have received DACA and have a work permit, and (3) when they are applying to renew their DACA. It also provides information that may be helpful when you apply for and after you have been granted DACA.
  • DREAM Bar Association (DBA): The DBA provides a network for undocumented immigrants who are interested in pursuing a career in law, are pursuing a career in law or are practicing in this field. This support network seeks to provide a forum where its members can answer question related to the legal field, and work cooperatively on other issues affecting undocumented immigrant people.
  • Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC): Educators for Fair Consideration transforms lives and fuels broader changes. With resources and support, undocumented young people are able to get an education, pursue careers, and build a brighter future for themselves and our country.
    • Immigrants Rising: Immigrants Rising was created by Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) to encourage all immigrants, regardless of legal status, to create their own opportunities, earn a living, and thrive through entrepreneurship. Immigrants Rising provides resources, knowledge and financial support for immigrant entrepreneurs, regardless of legal status, at any stage of their journey.
    • Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students: While initially it may seem as though undocumented students have limited options upon graduating from college, this guide is intended to shed light on the possibilities that do exist. The guide has been written to be as inclusive and comprehensive as possible by including personal narratives, student testimonials and advice from experts. It is E4FC’s desire that undocumented students and allies read through this guide and walk away feeling encouraged and unafraid of the next step.
    • Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD): Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) is a rapidly growing network and community of over 800 health career bound undocumented students across 42 different states, representing various career interests. PHD investigates and shares information on career pathways for pre-health undocumented students as well as advocates for more progressive institutional and governmental policies for undocumented students.
  • Healthcare for Undocumented Californians: #Health4All: The California Endowment’s #Health4All campaign highlights the important contributions of undocumented Californians to our state’s communities and economy, while raising awareness of their lack of access to affordable health care coverage. Though the Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Californians gain health insurance, over 1.4 million undocumented Californians will remain uninsured. Together, they contribute $300 billion to our state’s economy and are an essential part of the workforce. The #Health4All campaign is helping to drive a dialogue to move our health care system to one that is inclusive of all Californians, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Here to Stay: Immigrants are heroes who have defied the odds and have made incredible sacrifices to survive and thrive. The spirit behind #HereToStay is one of pride, power, community, resilience, resistance and a dash of a feisty & fun attitude. The #HereToStay Network is a group of people ready to fight for immigrants at risk of deportation.
  • Immigrants’ Rights Under a Trump Presidency: FAQs for Students, Educators & Social Service Providers: This document serves as an FAQ that answers many commonly asked questions regarding the rights of undocumented and DACA immigrants, prepared by MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization.
  • Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) LSAT Fee Waiver: LSAC established the fee waiver program in 1968 to assure that no person is denied access to law school because of the absolute inability to pay for the LSAT and other essential applicant services. The basic criterion for receiving a waiver is the absolute inability to pay for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Because the cost of these services is only a fraction of the cost of a legal education, the need criterion is considerably more stringent than for other financial aid processes. Only those with extreme need should apply. DACA applicants and recipients are eligible to apply.
  • My Undocumented Life: The mission of the My Undocumented Life blog is to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. They post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA, news on immigration policies, and much more.
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC): Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income. Over the years, NILC has been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and plays a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of policies that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.
  • Resources Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth: Informed by research and promising practices, the U.S. Department of Education has compiled this Resource Guide to assist and enhance State and local efforts to support undocumented youth at the secondary and postsecondary school levels. The Department hopes that educators, schools, and campuses will, as they see fit, draw upon the tips and examples in this Guide to better support undocumented youth and, ultimately, move us closer to the promise of college and career readiness for all.
  • United We Dream (UWD): UWD is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. UWD empowers people to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop our own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal level.
  • USG Undocumented Student Guide: The USC Undergraduate Student Government created a website with resources and information for undocumented Trojans and prospective students.