Overview: Resources

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & FREELANCING

GETTING STARTED

BASIC FACTS ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Learn about entrepreneurship opportunities available for immigrants, regardless of status.
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Spanish Flyer

WORKING FOR YOURSELF

Find out how to become an independent contractor and what you need to pursue this option, including personal information and tax liabilities.
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Handout
Webinar

COMENZANDO TU CAMINO DE EMPRENDIMIENTO

Este seminario web proporcionará información introductoria acerca de cómo trabajar por su cuenta y cómo empezar un negocio. El seminario presentará las experiencias de los empresarios de la comunidad latina en Chicago y Los Ángeles.
Webinar (Spanish)

ITIN GUIDE

Information about the IRS’s Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).
Guide
Webinar

5 TIPS TO GET STARTED AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR/FREELANCER

Learn how to get started as an independent contractor or freelancer. This guide outlines the entire process from industry research to contracts and taxes.
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INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR BRAINSTORMING WORKSHEET

This worksheet helps you brainstorm the type of gig work and professional services you can provide as an independent contractor.
English Worksheet
Spanish Worksheet

INCOME AND CAREER ALTERNATIVES FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

Learn about professional development and income opportunities, regardless of immigration status.
Webinar

#UNDOCUHUSTLE FILM

Watch this short film to learn more about the #undocuhustle and Immigrants Rising’s entrepreneurship initiatives.
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PLANNING AND STARTING A BUSINESS

BUSINESS PLAN

Learn to create a successful business plan by using an app developed by Centro Community Partners, an Oakland-based nonprofit that provides low-income entrepreneurs with trainings and resources.
Webinar

BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS & DESIGN THINKING

Design thinking and developing a business model are essential components for coming up with your business idea or expanding the growth of your business. In this webinar, you will learn more about how to incorporate design thinking in all aspects of a business to stimulate growth and innovation. You will also learn how to use the business model canvas (BMC) to organize and test your ideas, so that you minimize the risk of failure and maximize the potential for success.
Webinar

BUSINESS STRUCTURES

Undocumented individuals can set up different types of business structures — sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, or worker co-ops. Learn about the benefits, limitations, and requirements of each business structure.
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Webinar

WORKER COOPERATIVES & LLC’S

Learn about worker cooperatives and LLCs and how they are established and operated.
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Webinar

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Learn basic facts about social entrepreneurship and how to build a business model with a focus on solving a social problem.
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FINANCING A BUSINESS

CREDIT AND FINANCIAL CAPITAL

Learn to build credit and access financial capital for yourself and your business.
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Handout
Webinar

FINANCING/BOOTSTRAPPING YOUR BUSINESS

Learn about banking and credit options for startups. In addition, it will provide information on ways to bootstrap your business and the presenters will share various tips and insights to ensure your venture has a competitive edge.
Webinar

MARKETING AND FINANCING: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN LEAD TO FUNDRAISING FOR YOUR STARTUP

This webinar will show you how you can leverage your social capital to fundraise for your startup. You will learn to develop your brand and better understand your customers with the use of social media metrics.
Webinar

MANAGING A BUSINESS

ITINS, EINS AND TAXES

This guide summarizes information related to the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) and Employer Identification Number (EIN), as well as documentation needed to file taxes as an entrepreneur (with and without employees).
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Webinar

GETTING READY FOR 2019 TAX SEASON

In this webinar, we will go over the recent changes that you should know if you are planning to file 2018 tax return. We will also discuss the qualified business deduction that impacts small business owners.
Webinar

ACCOUNTING & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESS

During this webinar, we will discuss the importance of having an accounting system set up for your business and the basics of accounting principles. We will also discuss how to set up internal controls to protect your business and some financial management principles, important to all business entrepreneurs.
Webinar

ASSET PROTECTION FOR IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS IN THE US

This webinar for national service providers to immigrant entrepreneurs (coop developers, business advisors, social service providers) addresses concerns around asset protection, and estate and succession planning.
Webinar

ASSET PROTECTION FOR IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS IN CALIFORNIA

This webinar provides California-specific guidance on how revocable trusts and powers of attorney can be implemented to protect the assets of immigrant business owners who are at risk of or subjected to detention and deportation.
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BENEFITS FOR IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS

RETIREMENT OPTIONS FOR IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS

In this webinar, we will explain the retirement options available for DACA recipients and non DACA recipients. Additionally, we will explore options on retirement accounts for ITIN holders.
Webinar

IMMIGRATION REMEDIES THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Learn about immigration remedies available to immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States.
Webinar

STATE & NATIONAL POLICIES

NEW(ISH) RIGHTS IN CA: STATE LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS WEBINAR

This webinar reviews SB 1159 and AB 2184 that make it easier for undocumented immigrant entrepreneurs to apply for business and professional licenses.
Webinar

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS & ALLIES

5 TIPS FOR EDUCATORS TO HELP STUDENTS GET STARTED AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS/FREELANCERS

Use this guide to support your students as they get established as contractors and freelancers. Learn how to provide resources, answer questions, and make referrals.
Handout

INCOME AND CAREER OPTIONS FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS: HOW COLLEGES CAN HELP

Learn about professional development and income opportunities for undocumented students.
Webinar


Higher Education

HOW IN-STATE TUITION AND CA DREAM ACT WORK TOGETHER READ MORE
Know the difference between In-State Tuition and CA Dream Act

IN-STATE TUITION READ MORE
Qualifications for in-state tuition and exemption for non-resident tuition in California

UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCES: IN-STATE TUITION VS CA DREAM ACT VS DACA

Understand the differences between these policies and their implications for tuition and financial aid
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California Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540) / Senate Bill 68 (SB 68)

In-state tuition eligibility is expanding in California through SB 68 and now includes new attendance and degree requirements. Learn more about SB68
Attendance Worksheet
Fact Sheet
Quick Guide (English)
Quick Guide (Spanish)

SUBMITTING THE AFFIDAVIT

Learn how to submit the AB 540/AB 2000/SB 68 affidavits to your school
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AFFIDAVITS BY INSTITUTION

Affidavit to request in-state tuition at a UC, CSU, or CCC.
University of California
California State University
California Community Colleges

CA RESIDENCY FOR TUITION PURPOSES

Know the rules regarding CA residency for tuition purposes.
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CA DREAM ACT READ MORE
Details on state-based and institutional financial aid and steps to apply for CA Dream Act

UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCES: IN-STATE TUITION VS CA DREAM ACT VS DACA

Understand the differences between these policies and their implications for tuition and financial aid
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CA DREAM ACT MAP

Understand the four phases required to successfully complete the California Dream Act application and receive the maximum amount of aid for which you are eligible.
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FAFSA VS CA DREAM ACT: APPLY TO THE CORRECT FINANCIAL AID IN CA

Understand the differences between the CA financial aid and the federal financial aid applications to figure out which one best fits your situation to maximize your aid.
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MIXED STATUS HOUSEHOLDS: HOW TO APPLY FOR IN-STATE TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

Resource for students who are U.S. citizen and living in California, but with parent(s) who are undocumented
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TYPES OF CA STATE FINANCIAL AID

Use this chart to identify types of financial aid available at CCCs, CSUs, UCs and Private colleges and universities in California.
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CA DREAM ACT APPLICATION TIMELINE

Important dates to remember when submitting your CA Dream Act application.
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CA DREAM ACT CHECKLIST

A list of important dates and requirements for the CA Dream Act Application.
Worksheet

CAL GRANT CHECKLIST

This checklist helps students identify the necessary steps and important dates to apply for the Cal Grant.
Worksheet

VERIFYING YOUR INCOME FOR THE CA DREAM ACT

Learn about the income verification process, which includes requirements for dependent and independent students.
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SELECTIVE SERVICE AND THE CA DREAM ACT

Men who are between the age of 18 and 25 years old, even undocumented individuals, must register for the selective service to avoid delays in your CA Dream Act application.
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UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT BUDGET WORKSHEET

A worksheet to help you plan your college finances.
Worksheet

SCHOLARSHIPS
Resources that you can use to build your personal statements and apply to scholarships that don’t require proof of Residency

APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Many scholarships do not require proof of citizenship. Use Immigrants Rising’s Scholarship Lists and additional scholarship databases to identify scholarships that you are eligible to apply. The more scholarships you apply to, the greater your chances are to be awarded a scholarship.
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LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS

Find scholarships and fellowships that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency.
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BUILDING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY

Theme brainstorming worksheet to help you compose your essays.
Worksheet

SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH CHART

A worksheet to help you track scholarships you’re interested in.
Worksheet

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS, STUDENTS, AND ALLIES
Resources and materials educators and allies can utilize to assist undocumented students

TOP 10 WAYS TO SUPPORT UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

Concrete suggestions and specific resources educators can use to strengthen the support they provide for undocumented students.
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EDUCATIONAL BINDER: COLLEGE ACCESS FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS IN CA

Complete set of resources educators, students and allies can use to increase college access for undocumented students in California.
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QUICK GUIDE TO COLLEGE ACCESS

List of resources regarding to CA in-state tuition eligibility, financial aid, and scholarships.
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OVERVIEW OF UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

Learn about what statistics show about the undocumented population, how undocumented students are defined, challenges that undocumented students have in pursing college education, and federal/state policies impacting undocumented students.
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COMPARISON OF BENEFITS AND RIGHTS BASED ON IMMIGRANT STATUS IN CA

Learn about public benefits and rights related to education, financial aid, and transportation based on immigration status.
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LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

This guide highlights possibilities open to undocumented students after graduation, including an overview of graduate and professional school and ways to earn a living through entrepreneurship.
Guide

CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATOR WEBINAR SERIES

This webinar series is designed to ensure that educators have the most up-to-date tools and resources necessary to support undocumented high school students in California.
Webinar

INSTITUTIONAL PRACTICES
Resources and materials for institutions to assist undocumented students

BUILDING EFFECTIVE SUPPORT FOR UNDOCUEDUCATORS TO THRIVE AND PERSIST IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Learn how campus stakeholders can ensure that UndocuEducators, who play crucial roles in higher education, thrive and succeed in their institution.
Guide

CA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DREAMERS PROJECT

The report identifies challenges in serving undocumented students in the California Community Colleges and provides recommendations for how institutions can better serve undocumented students.
Executive Summary
Full Report

CA UNDOCUCOLLEGE GUIDE & EQUITY TOOL

The UndocuCollege Guide & Equity Tool helps students, faculty, staff, and administrators in California work together to achieve the educational equity and inclusion of undocumented students. This publication contains three main components: Statewide Institutional Challenges, Institutional Models for Success, and an Equity Tool for colleges and universities in California to assess, analyze and report about the level of support currently present at their institution for undocumented students.
Executive Summary
Full Report

CREATING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

This document provides an overview of fellowships, which are often used in an educational context to support students in their studies or professional development and can provide a sum of money. We discuss best practices in crafting an “inclusive” fellowship that is available for all students regardless of immigration status. We also include a sample fellowship announcement and a sample fellowship agreement.
For Educational Institutions
For Educational Institutions (Webinar)

DEVELOPING A STRONG UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT TASK FORCE ON YOUR CAMPUS

Tangible steps to develop an effective undocumented student task force, or strengthen an existing one, in order to create meaningful institutional changes on your campus.
Guide

EFFECTIVELY SUPPORTING BLACK UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION

Get an overview of the experiences of current Black undocumented students and recommendations to better reach, engage with, and support this student population.
Guide

A GUIDE TO BUILDING ON-CAMPUS UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT PROGRAMS

Having an undocumented student program (USP) on campus is vital to the retention and success of undocumented students. Learn how you can develop programming in the absence of a dedicated coordinator position, program budget, or designated space.
Guide

INCREASING INCLUSIVITY FOR UNDOCUMENTED ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER (API) STUDENTS ON YOUR CAMPUS

Learn tangible and effective practices to uplift and connect with undocumented Asian Pacific Islanders (API) students on your college or university.
Guide

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR FINANCIAL AID COUNSELORS: INCREASING AWARD RATES FOR CA DREAM ACT

Use these promising practices for financial aid counselors to increase application and award rates for CA Dream Act on your campus.
Guide

PROTECTING STUDENT DATA IN CA

Federal and California state laws require that educational personnel only provide student records in response to a lawful request. Use this guide to be sure you understand the laws and responsibilities that you are required to follow on your campus.
Guide

STRENGTHENING YOUR CAMPUS WEBSITE FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

Build or strengthen your campus’ website to increase undocumented students’ access and success—whether your institution is getting started or taking it to the next level.
Executive Summary
Guide
Checklist
Webinar

UNDERSTANDING THE SANCTUARY SCHOOL & SAFE ZONE MOVEMENT

This Quick Guide provides an overview of why sanctuary schools and safe zones are vital to the academic success of undocumented young people and other populations that are being targeted in this political climate. It includes the key components of the protections available by law, tackles legal concerns and provides sample resolutions.
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Law & Policy

GETTING LEGAL HELP / IMMIGRATION OPTIONS

GETTING LEGAL HELP

Need reliable legal help? Learn how to get started.
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IMMIGRATION LEGAL INTAKE SERVICE INFOGRAPHIC

The Immigration Law Intake Service is a free, anonymous and personalized online service staffed by legal service professionals that helps you learn about your immigration options.
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BEYOND DACA

Learn about options for gaining longer-term status and categories that might work for you now, or in the future
Guide

STEPS TO RENEW DACA

Steps to completing DACA renewal
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IMMIGRATION POLICY

GLOSSARY OF COMMON LEGAL TERMS

Glossary of legal terms intended for undocumented individuals who are attempting to identify and navigate possible forms of immigration relief
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DEFINING UNDOCUMENTED

A brief description of this term “undocumented”
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OVERVIEW OF UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

Learn about what statistics show about the undocumented population, how undocumented students are defined, challenges that undocumented students have in pursing college education, and federal/state policies impacting undocumented students.
Handout

GUIDE FOR UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING IN CA

Need reliable legal help? Learn how to get started.
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HOW CAN I GET MY PAPERS

The report contains a comprehensive analysis of a decade of legal screenings for close to 3,000 undocumented immigrants, including findings related to immigration relief, access to counsel, educational attainment, criminal backgrounds, eligibility for Dream-related legislation, and more.
Executive Summary
Full Report

PUBLIC CHARGE

These guides give an overview of Trump Administration’s proposed Public Charge and how you can voice your opinion and encourage others to take action. The Educator’s Lesson Plan (recommended for High School Students) includes a slide deck, case studies, a fact sheet, and a worksheet for drafting public comments.
Educators: Lesson Plan for High School Students
A Guide for College Students to Express Your Opinion
How to Impact Public Charge: A 10 Minute Guide for Law Students

COMPARISON OF BENEFITS AND RIGHTS BASED ON IMMIGRANT STATUS IN CA

Learn about public benefits and rights related to education, financial aid, and transportation based on immigration status.
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OTHER POLICIES

OVERVIEW OF GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS (FOR PUBLIC CHARITIES & PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS)

This document provides an overview of the process by which public charities and private foundations can make grants to individuals.
For Public Charities and Private Foundations

CREATING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS (FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS)

This document provides an overview of fellowships, which are often used in an educational context to support students in their studies or professional development and can provide a sum of money. We discuss best practices in crafting an “inclusive” fellowship that is available for all students regardless of immigration status. We also include a sample fellowship announcement and a sample fellowship agreement.
For Educational Institutions
For Educational Institutions (Webinar)


Art & Empowerment

NOTE TO UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

This poster is created to remind undocumented young people that they can still go to college, even with the current political climate, and highlights options to pay for college in CA.
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INSPIRATIONAL POSTERS

This poster series is created to inspire undocumented youth to reach their full potential.
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INCLUSIVITY POSTER

The Inclusivity Poster provides opportunities for classroom discussions on what it means to have an inclusive and welcoming campus and classrooms for immigrant students.
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VIDEOS & MOVIES HIGHLIGHTING UNDOCUMENTED EXPERIENCE

Check out these movies, videos, blogs, and other resources that reclaim the narrative and portray the challenges, resilience, and joy of undocumented young people.
Movies Highlighting Undocumented Experience
Videos Highlighting Undocumented Experience

HOW DO WE HANDLE FEAR? A CONVERSATION WITH JORGE RAMOS

How can we stop fear from paralyzing us? Jorge Ramos talks with our Entrepreneurship Fund Grantees about how they handle fear.
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