Who Are Undocumented Students?Undocumented students are foreign nationals for whom any of the following are true:
Who Are Undocumented Students?
Undocumented students are foreign nationals for whom any of the following are true:
- They entered the US without inspection
- They entered the US legally but overstayed
- They have or previously had Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status
- They are currently in the process of legalizing*
- They are vulnerable immigrants
The term "undocumented immigrant" refers to any person residing in any given country without legal documentation.
Application Process for Undocumented Students
* Email completed form to email@example.com.
Call Sacramento Rapid Response Network at (916) 245-6773 to make a report.
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- California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation – Call (916) 446-7901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Catholic Charities of California – Call (916) 706-1539.
- Center for Workers Rights – Call (916) 905-5857 or email email@example.com.
- McGeorge School of Law Immigration Clinic – Call (916) 739-7191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mexican Consulate of Sacramento – Call (916) 329-3500 or email email@example.com.
- Opening Doors – Call (916) 492-2591 ext. 238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services – Call (916) 456-1980 or email email@example.com.
- Sacramento FUEL Network – Call (916) 234-3734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UC Davis Legal Immigration Clinic – Call (530) 752-7996 or email email@example.com.
- World Relief Sacramento – Call (916) 978-2650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Asian Resources, Inc. – Call (916) 454-1892 or email email@example.com.
- California Family Resource Center – Call (916) 993-7781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- La Familia Counseling Center – Call (916) 452-3601 or email email@example.com.
- Latino Coalition for a Healthy California – Call (916) 448-3234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sacramento State Dreamer Resource Center – Call (916) 278-7241 or email email@example.com.
- UCD AB 540 & Undocumented Center – Call (530) 752-9538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Amnesty International
- California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office – Resources for Undocumented Students
- California Immigrant Policy Center – Call (916) 448-6762 or email email@example.com.
- Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
- Council on American Islamic Council Relations
- International Rescue Committee Sacramento – Call (916) 482-0120 or email NorthernCalifornia@rescue.org.
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Immigrants Rising
- Jewish Community Relations Council
- National Immigration Law Center – Call (213) 639-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- United We Dream
The California Dream Act (Assembly Bill 130 and Assembly Bill 131) allows undocumented and nonresident documented students who meet certain requirements to apply for and receive:
- State-administered financial aid
- Community college fee waivers
- Cal grants
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Learn more at www.csac.ca.gov or call (888) 224-7268.
DACA is a federal program for people who came to the US as children and meet several eligibility requirements. DACA provides a two-year deportation reprieve and applicants may apply for a work authorization permit, which is subject to renewal. It does not provide lawful status. Only adults who were 31 years old or younger on June 15, 2012 qualify for this program.
For more information about DACA, visit www.uscis.gov/archive/renew-your-daca.
The term Dreamer refers to undocumented students who were brought to the US by their parents as minors and either entered the country without inspection or overstayed their visas. They face unique legal uncertainties and limitations within the US educational system. The term Dreamer is commonly used by students who connect with the DREAM Act movement.
An ITIN is a tax-processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status and are used for federal tax reporting only. These numbers are not intended to serve any other purpose. An ITIN can be used to apply to college, but is not required.
International students include those who currently hold specific visas. Undocumented students are not considered international applicants because many do not qualify for a visa and do not have to go through the international admission process.
Learn more about international student admissions.
A mixed status family is one in which some family members are US citizens and/or legal residents while others remain undocumented. For example:
- A documented student with undocumented parents
- A documented student with undocumented siblings
The term non-citizen applies to students who:
- Are not US citizens or permanent residents
- Do not hold a valid visa
- Are not seeking a visa for study or documentation for residency in the US
An individual with an overstayed visa is one who has stayed in the US after their tourist, visitor, or student visa has expired.
SB 68 is a law that expands on AB 540 to enable students to count years spent at a California Community College and adult education towards AB 540 eligibility. Additionally, SB 68 allows the completion of an associate degree or satisfaction of the minimum requirements to transfer to the University of California or California State University as sufficient for students to qualify for in-state tuition and financial aid.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.