Please help Oscar Hernandez fund his 1st year as a medical student at UCI

Version 2Oscar Adrian Hernandez was recently accepted into UC Irvine School of Medicine, Class of 2019!

This means three things …

1. He will be the first person in his family to not only graduate from college, but attend medical school.

2. He will be the first DACA student to ever attend UC Irvine School of Medicine

3. He needs to raise money quick!

Here’s why…  Continue reading

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.

Each fellowship is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $35,000), as well as 50% of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years.

The application deadline is November 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must meet all three of the following sets of conditions: Continue reading

Support for Undocumented Californians Applying to Health Professional Schools

Are you an undocumented student living in California who will be applying to graduate and/or professional schools this year in a health/science-related field?

Pre-Health Dreamers, a project of E4FC, has a new pilot program to help undocumented immigrants residing in California apply to graduate programs in health and science fields.  Continue reading

My DACA is about to expire- what can I do?

imagesGiven that DACA is granted only for a temporary period, we must submit a request to renew our DACA before the current one expires.  USCIS advises that we submit our DACA renewal applications about 120 days (4 months) before our current period of deferred action will expire.  NOTE- Requests received earlier than 150 days in advance will be accepted; however, this could result in an overlap between your current DACA and your renewal. This means your renewal period may extend for less than a full two years from the date that your current DACA period expires.  For more information on when to submit your DACA renewal application, check out this previous post: “When should I renew my DACA?

How long does it take to get your DACA renewal approved?  Check out this post where I shared my personal timeline: “My DACA renewal timeline & helpful resources”  If you scroll down to the comments section you will also find other people’s timelines, as well as their questions and concerns.

There are many people who are submitting their DACA renewal applications within this time frame, and they are still not getting approved on time.  Understandably so, many who find themselves in this situation are worried that they will lose their jobs if they do not receive their DACA renewals on time.  If you are in this situation, what can you do?

1. Contact USCIS about your case
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Financial Aid for Undocumented Graduate Students

Pre-Health Dreamers, a network and community of over 215 pre-health undocumented students, has put together a one-page document with options to afford graduate school (within and outside of the medical field) as an undocumented student.   Continue reading


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