California State Laws
AB 540: Assembly Bill 540 states that certain non-resident students are eligible to pay CA in-state tuition (at California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and Universities of California) if they have attended a CA high school for at least 3 years, and received a high school diploma or its equivalent.
AB 2000: AB 2000 is an expansion of AB 540, allowing students who completed high school in less than 3 years to remain eligible for in-state tuition, if they attended elementary or secondary school in CA for at least 3 years. The CSU and UC Systems have not yet established whether adult school counts towards fulfilling the 3-year requirement.
CA DREAM Act: The CA DREAM Act is composed of two Assembly Bills: 130 and 131. AB 130 allows for certain AB 540 students to be eligible for CCC, CSU, and UC scholarships. AB 131 allows for AB 540 students to be eligible for CA state financial aid, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), fee waivers, and UC institutional grants.
AB 60: This bill provides access to a driver's license for all CA residents regardless of immigration status [AB 1660 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person because he/she.they present a driver's license issued under AB 60].
AB 844: At California Community Colleges or California State Universities, students - regardless of immigration status - "may serve in any capacity in student government... and receive any grant, scholarship, fee waiver, or reimbursement for expenses incurred connected with that service to the full extent consistent with federal law." [http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0801-0850/ab_844_bill_20111008_chaptered.pdf]
SB 1159: Expands immigrants' access to professional and occupational licensure through the CA Department of Consumer Affairs. The DCA cannot deny licensure based on citizenship or immigration status, and allows for applicants to provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a SSN. Boards/bureaus: http://www.dca.ca.gov/about_dca/entities.shtml
AB 35: This assembly bill states that DACA (see below) individuals are eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): DACA (as it is more commonly known) provides two-year protection from deportation to certain undocumented individuals. DACA grantees are also able to apply for work permits, a Social Security Number, and (if they retrieve a work permit and SSN) may be able to apply for a driver's license or professional licensure.
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