Undocumented Immigrants Make Decisions About College

  • POSTED: May 1, 2013
  • POSTED BY: LawrenceGruner

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 Fox News ran an interesting article from the Associated Press called Young Immigrants May Find College Elusive.

This is a very interesting article about young undocumented immigrants and their dreams of going to college in the United States.  The article highlights a young undocumented woman who was brought up in the United States since she was a child.  She would like to go to college in order to become a medical doctor.  However, as she is undocumented she faces financial and other challenges.

She must choose between staying and beginning her studies at a community college or returning to Mexico to pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor.

She, like many bright students in California, gets accepted to the University of California schools.  However, even though according to the article she would be allowed to pay in state tuition costs, UC is still too expensive for her.  (The last time I checked UC’s tuition it was about $15,000 per year not including books or living expenses).

The article goes on to profile others who have grown up in the United States but now must make similar decisions about college and their futures.

This article is a must read for anyone who is undocumented and living in the United States but has hopes  to attend college in the United States.  I recommend reading this article but then at least consulting with an experienced immigration attorney prior to having your child or loved one apply for admission to college.  If your hope is for you or your loved one to leave the country in order to go to college you must be aware that, depending on their situation, he or she may not be able to return to the United States for 10 years (thus, again, make sure you speak to an immigration attorney prior to pursuing your college plans).  You or your undocumented loved one may be eligible for deferred action or other new government programs.

If you are here illegally there are new Immigration programs, including deferred action and the provisional 601 waiver, which could allow you to stay in the United States legally. Please contact our office to get FREE information about the process.

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