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Welcome to the Dream Center

Navigating college is a challenge for many students and undocumented students face even more complex legal, academic, career, and life hurdles.  SBCC is committed to supporting undocumented students as they develop into the next generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, scientists, artists, and leaders in our community. The Dream Center is a resource for all undocumented and mixed status students in need of legal support, academic guidance, advocacy, and a space for belonging on campus.

Dream Center Hours & Location

Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding school holidays)

  • Located in the Center for Equity and Social Justice (CESJ)

CC-228 on East Campus (next to the cafeteria)  

The Dream Center is open for both in-person and remote services. Please come and visit us at our Dream Center!

Staff

Leslie Marin

lpmarin@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Dream Center Student Program Advisor

Roxane Byrne, PhD

rmbyrne@pipeline.sbcc.edu
Coordinator of Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Competency

Steps to Enroll as an Undocumented Student

Student Resources

List of Scholarships and Fellowships
This list of scholarships and fellowships that don’t require proof of U.S. citizenship for you! The list has general application eligibility requirements, including education level, region/state, and immigration status (e.g. DACA, TPS, in-state tuition eligibility).

Free Immigration Legal Services

Santa Barbara City College and the UFW Foundation are partnering to provide trusted FREE immigration legal services to all current students, faculty, and staff.

Office Hours:
Every 2nd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of the month from 9 AM to 5PM

Services include:

  • Adjustment of Status
  • Naturalization Applications
  • Immigration Eligibility Consultations
  • Family-based Immigration Applications
  • DACA Renewals & First-time Applications
  • Various Visas: T, U, & Special Immigrant Juvenile
  • Background Checks and FOIA
  • Requests/Reviews...and so much more!
  • IMPORTA Santa Barbara
    129 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    805-604-5060
    https://www.importasb.org/

    Who: In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice authorized IMPORTA to practice immigration law through "Accredited Representatives" trained in immigration law. Since then IMPORTA has grown to be the largest provider of immigration legal services in Santa Barbara County with a near 100% success rate.

    Services they offer: 

    • 649 DACA Renewals
      • The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has received additional funding to continue to support individuals with their DACA renewal fees. As a reminder, the funding covers the $495 DACA renewal application fee for income-eligible California residents.
    • 194 Naturalization Cases
    • 66 Complex Cases (U Visas, Acquistion and Derviation of Citizenship, VAWA, Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Adjustment of Status, Waivers, Family Petitions, Appeals)
    • 8 Cases Working with Pro-Bono Immigration Attorneys for Clients in Immigration Court 

    For more details click here!

    Immigrants Hope 

    Mission Statement: "Empower our community by edcauting adults, providing support in finding a possible pathway to legal residency, and sharing the hope of the gospel" .

    Services they offer: 

    • Naturalization,
    • Green Cards Eligibility
    • Green Cards Renewals
    • DACA Renewals & Initials
    • Adjustment of Status
    • Removal of Conditions
    • Asylum Eligibility
    • Temporary Protective Status
    • Family Visas, Student, Tourist, Fiancé Visas
    • Religious Worker Visas
    • VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)
    • U-Visa (Victims of Crimes)
    • 601A Unlawful Presence Waivers

     

    DACA Recipient’s Guide to Buying a Home

    What: The guide includes helpful information on how to find a home loan and how the home-buying process works.

    https://www.mymove.com/moving/buying-selling/daca-home-buying/

    For more info email: info@e.mymove.com

     

    Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center

    Mission: "We provide equal access to justice and due process to indigent immigrant so that no one should face immigration court alone."

    Who: They are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit agency promoting equal access to justice and due process by providing pro bono legal services to indigent immigrants in deportation proceedings and eductaing immigrants on their basic civil rights

    To visit the website click here!

  • Source

    • More than 427,000 (approximately 2% of all students) undocumented students are enrolled in higher education;
    • 181,000 of these individuals hold or are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);
    • The top five states with undocumented students in higher education are California (94,000), Texas (58,000), Florida (40,000), New York (25,000), and Illinois (18,000);
    • 81% of undocumented students are enrolled in public institutions while 19% attend private postsecondary institutions;
    • 90% of undocumented students are enrolled in undergraduate programs, and 10% percent of students are enrolled in graduate-level programs; and,
    • Undocumented students are a diverse population in higher education, with Hispanic students accounting for 48.5% of undocumented students, compared to 24.2% for Asian students, and 12.5% for Black students.