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Alternatives to Employment

For undocumented students there are a number of additional ways to gain professional skills and sometimes even earn an income. There is a great webinar produced by TheDreamUs, which  goes through Career and Income Options for Undocumented Students in depth. The highlights of these options are included below:

Option Benefits Resources
Independent Contractors Tutoring is the most common form of independent contract work among students
Start a Business or form a LLC
  • Avoids questions related to immigration status
  • Exempt from freelance laws
  • Access to financial capital for business
  • Identity protection
  • Lower health insurance premiums for individuals who are business owners
Fellowships
  • Professional development opportunity
  • May allow you to pursue unfunded summer opportunities
Volunteer