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Our Services help serve undocumented students and their families with essential and supplemental support. 

Our Programs help engage and provide students with the necessary skills and opportunities that are specific to fit undocumented students' needs.

Services

One-on-One Consultations

UC San Diego undergraduate, graduate, and Extension undocumented students may meet with our staff to discuss any topics related to their status. Many students rely on this service for graduate school preparation, travel advice, family concerns, personal guidance, legal rights, and referrals.

Currently all appointments with the program manager, assistant coordinator and immigration attorney will take place over Zoom. Book your Zoom appointment HERE.

Our Center provides a safe space for students to share their concerns and disclose their immigration status to trained staff who understand the complexities of undocumented students. Some common questions we receive from our students are:

  • Can I study abroad? 
  • Is it safe to travel to another state or U.S. territory such as Texas and Hawaii?
  • Is my financial aid affected by my immigration status?
  • Can I renew DACA? Is the program  still available?
  • Do I have access to health insurance (SHIP)? 
  • Do I need to accept SHIP if I have MediCal?
  • Do I qualify for CalFresh?
  • How do I get an internship on campus? 
  • I am a DACA recipient, what should I put on a job application?
  • Should I disclose to a potential employer that I would like to be sponsored?
  • Can I work on campus as an undocumented student? 
  • What do I need to consider as I look for off-campus housing?

Immigration Legal Services 

  • Our legal services program offers in-depth immigration consultation, legal advice, and representation for UC San Diego undergraduate, graduate, and Extension undocumented students and their immediate family (exclusions apply).
  • Our immigration attorney is available for one-on-one consultations with students either in person or over the phone. The most common services include DACA renewals, Adjustment of Status, and Naturalization.
  • Students with DACA are highly encouraged by our immigration attorney to begin the renewal process now. 
  • Appointments with our immigration attorney are only available through Zoom. This change was made considering that many forms can be signed, scanned, and shared electronically. In some cases, an in-person appointment may be required, but that will be determined by our attorney and he will inform the client in advance. Book your Zoom appointment HERE.
  • Many of the students who access these services are Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens in need of services for themselves or an immediate family member. 
  • Once per quarter we hold presentations that cover immigration topics of relevance to students, such as updates on legislation changes.
  • Undocumented students interested in doing any traveling in the state should make an appointment with our attorney to assess their travel plans.

Programs

PACE Fellowship Programs

What: The PACE Fellowship Program is an experiential learning opportunity that provides AB 540 and CA Dream Act students the opportunity to gain skills that will prepare them for graduate school and career pathways. Students participating in the program can also receive a $1,000-2,000 scholarship. There are two versions of the PACE Fellowship program: PACE and PACE Lite. Learn more about each version in more detail at the PACE Fellowship Hub

Who: Students applying must (1) be AB540 classified and (2) have a CA Dream Act application on file. We highly recommend students without DACA to apply to be part of the PACE Fellowship programs. 

When: Applications for PACE open every summer, and applications for PACE-Lite open the quarter prior to the quarter you wish to participate in. For example, PACE-Lite Spring applications open in the Winter quarter.  

Stay up to date on PACE deadlines and announcements via our newsletter or social media platforms!

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