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1 Can I work now? Undocumented Students and the challenges they face obtaining a job post-graduation

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3 Domingo Carrasquel Recruiter and PDSO at Baton Rouge Community College I am not an attorney This presentation is an overview of what happens when undocumented students graduate. I encourage students to hire an attorney to advise them on their particular situation.

4 Further Resources Educators for Fair Consideration NACAC and NACAC affiliates frequently include sessions for counselors on undocumented student counseling issues at their conferences. NACAC has several session handouts in the Knowledge Center of their website (log in required). National Immigration Law Center, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Coalition for Immigration Rights, Guide to Financial Aid for Undocumented students (California focus) Helping Undocumented Students Prepare for College in California, a Guide for Parents (in English, Educators for Fair Education ) Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students (Educators for Fair Education) Guide for Undocumented Students Seeking to Attend College in New York State (prepared by NYU Steinhart Metropolitan Center for Urban Education) Scholarship Opportunities for Undocumented Students (University of Washington) University of North Texas Guide to Financial Aid for Undocumented Students (Texas oriented) Hispanic Scholarship Fund,

5 Admitting Undocumented Students NO FEDERAL law or policy states that it is unlawful to admit and allow an undocumented immigrant to study at a university or college.

6 Financial Aid Undocumented students cannot legally receive any federally funded student financial aid, including loans, grants, scholarships, and work- study programs.

7 Denying Admissions in Public and Private Institutions Public Some states and some individual schools deny admission to undocumented students, this may have legal implications for your institution. Institutions in the past have had legal action taken against them due to denying admission to undocumented students. Private Since federal law does not state that you cannot admit undocumented students and most private institutions do have access to some form of federal funds (FAFSA), they may be subject at some point for legal action if they deny students admission.

8 Admission of Undocumented Students and Implications of Certification Admitting undocumented students in no way jeopardizes your schools certification to admit students with F, M, or J visas.

9 The DREAM Act Has not been passed by congress DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) This bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the United States as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. If they were to complete two years at a four-year institution of higher learning, they would obtain temporary residency for a six-year period. Within the six-year period, they may qualify for permanent residency if they have "acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or [have] completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor's degree or higher degree in the United States.

10 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Children who came to the country under the age of 16 and prior to 2007 and meet other guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Does not provide an individual with lawful status. Not a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency, Does not allow the individual to seek federal or state college financial aid. Application forms can be found at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website.United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website

11 Options After Graduation Graduate School Independent Contractors Applying for an H-1B ( work visa) Going abroad or back to their country

12 Advising Students? Encourage students to meet with an attorney who specializes in immigration law. Each student will have an individual case, and there are always minor rule changes, etc. Advise them to talk to others for recommendations of attorneys

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