Undocumented Students

Career Services is committed to ensuring student success, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Unfortunately, these factors can add additional stress to undocumented students when trying to gain experience, obtain post-graduation employment, and/or apply to graduate school. Check out Career Service's Undocumented Students Career Guide for additional career information. Please utilize the resources below at any point on your career journey when you feel additional support is needed. 

Campus Resources

Maddie Foster, Career Counselor
Undocumented Student Liaison, Dream Scholar Resource Team Member
Maddie has been working with UCSB Career Services since September 2015. She specializes in working with undocumented students and students in the STEM fields. To make an appointment with Maddie, please call (805) 893-4412. 

Diana Valdivia, Undocumented Services Coordinator
As of October, 2016, Diana is the Undocumented Services Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara. Previously, she was UC Merced’s Undocumented Student Coordinator for two years. She coordinates events, programs, and services tailored to UCSB undocumented students. To make an appointment with Diana, please call (805) 893-5609.

Dream Scholar Resource Team 
Looking for additional resources across campus? The Dream Scholars Resource Team is comprised of staff, faculty, and students from different entities to serve the needs of undocumented students. 

Career Information

Educators for Fair Consideration
Our mission is to empower undocumented young people to achieve their academic and career goals and actively contribute to society. We believe that talented undocumented young people are vital to the long-term growth and prosperity of the United States, and that empowering them to achieve their academic and career goals and gain citizenship is essential to maximizing their contributions.
  • Download their Life After College Guide: A guide for undocumented college students about everything for after college including graduate school, employment and going abroad.
DHS has made all necessary forms and instructions available at the above link. While the basic DACA requirements appear straightforward, for many, determining whether they actually qualify can be far more complex. If a request is denied, the decision cannot be appealed. It is strongly recommended that an attorney be consulted before submitting a deferred action application.
The California Immigrant Policy Center advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians using policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building to unlock the power of immigrants in California.
The Dream Resource Center has emerged as a national source for innovative research, education, and policy on immigration issues. Our work is critical to ensure immigrant youth continue to be at the forefront of the national conversations that directly impact their lives and families. We believe that young people deserve the right to learn, be healthy, and pursue their dreams - regardless of immigration status. 

Professional Associations

CHIRLA was formed to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-race relations and empower immigrants and their allies.
The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power.
A non-profit legal organization that extends membership to undocumented pre-law students, current law students, practitioners, and paralegals.
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
MALDEF offers challenging and rewarding employment opportunities for qualified individuals who are ready and willing to work hard.
Network for undocumented immigrant youth pursuing careers in health and sciences.
The largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 52 affiliate organizations in 25 States.