​​​​​​​Outreach & Advocacy Services for Immigrant Student Success (OASISS)


We are providing in person services Monday-Thursday! Please wear your mask when visiting the OASISS office.

OASISS is a center designed to serve immigrant students in a safe space and with personnel that is sensitive, knowledgeable and experienced working with undocumented students.

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Undocumented Student Resources Toolkit 

Check out this toolkit for resources and information. 

OASISS Purpose

Our purpose is to provide DREAMer and immigrant students with the necessary tools and information to succeed in pursuing a higher education and professional career.​

These services are available to all OASISS Students:

  • Bilingual Staff​ (English & Spanish)
  • Counseling (Academic, Career, and Personal)
  • *Financial Aid Assistance: BOGW, CA Dream Act application, scholarships (See tab below)
  • Tutoring - English/ESL and Math
  • Book Rentals
  • Lending Technology (laptops/calculators)
  • College resources/school materials
  • Immigration related Workshops
  • University field trips
  • Legal Clinics
  • Student Conferences - CSU Sacramento Keeping the Dream Alive, Latina Leadership Network Conference
Here is a video to learn about how to get started at EVC, learn about the OASISS program and hear from students! 

Our Staff

Headshot of woman, Brenda Martinez, M.A.

Brenda Martinez
OASISS Program Coordinator

  • I can help you with: 

    • Applying for financial aid and AB 540 applications 

    • Scholarships 

    • Community Referrals 

    • Organizing workshops you’d like to see 

    • Letters of recommendation 

  • If you have any questions, feel free to call 408-274-7900 x6499
    or schedule a zoom appointment with Brenda Here 

Kathleen Melendez, CounselorKathleen Melendez, OASISS Counselor 

Do you have questions about your academic education plan? Do you want to transfer? Talk about your career goals with our counselor counselor! To book an appointment, contact us at evc.oasiss@evc.edu. 

 Karla Reyes Noguera, OASISS Career Coach

  • Launch and grow your career regardless of your status! We’ll work together so you can:

    • Have an effective resume

    • Audit your social media for career success

    • Offer consulting services

    • Negotiate your salary

    • Start a business

    • And, more...

    Make an appointment by contacting the OASISS Office at evc.oasiss@evc.edu! OASISS students are eligible to receive $100 for their first meeting with Karla!

Our History 

The Center was established in April 2007. Some consider it one of the first undocumented student resource center. The Center was born out of student activism. A group of students in the movement to raise awareness about the undocumented student experience, would go to retreats and learn from other college students what best practices there were to go about making a support network available for the undocumented student population on campuses across California. Key seminars and retreats with the California Dream Network played a key role to further motivate the student group and learn tools to advocate on campus. A group of students advocated for a physical space on campus to provide support to undocumented students. For ten years it was mainly run by student volunteers, and at times ad-hoc support from part-time academic counselors and other campus allies. A staff member of the college access program stepped in while the institutionalization of The Center happened, to have a welcoming individual to provide support for the program when students dropped by. Strong connections with financial aid, student affairs administration, academic counselors, and a senior affairs officer helped create the space for the program. Then relationships in the community with a legal representative from a partner community organization, a partnership with a nearby 4-year institution added to the instrumental success in providing services and support for the undocumented student population. For ten years undocumented students and allies worked hard to staff and coordinate The Center’s operations until it was formally institutionalized. In 2017, The Center was institutionalized as the institution agreed to provide permanent staffing and in August 2018, OASISS had its first program coordinator.

Dreamers Support Network

Dreamers Support Network

This network consists of staff, faculty, students and community partners focused on enhancing support for our undocumented students as a community. Some items for discussion include:
  • Upcoming events and workshops
  • Policy Updates
  • Community events
  • General Announcements
To be added to the group list, send an e-mail to brenda.martinez@evc.edu

What is AB540?

Assembly Bill 540 is a California law that allows qualified students to pay in-state tuition at the State's institutions of higher education. AB540 does not grant State or Federal financial eligibility, and only provides an exemption to the requirements of paying non-resident tuition.

How Do I Know If I Qualify For AB540?​​


    • AB 540 Guidelines for Eligibility

      • Graduated with a California high school diploma or have the equivalent; and

      • attended a high school in California for three or more years; and

      • attained high school credit equivalent to three or more years of full time attendance;

      • or three or more years of high school coursework and attended a combination of California elementary, secondary, and high school for three years or more.

      • or attended a combination of California high school, adult school, and community college for the equivalent of three years or more.

      • or completed an associate's degree from a California Community College.

      • or completed the minimum requirements at a California Community College for transfer to the California State University or the University of California.

      • Must register or is currently enrolled at an accredited institution of public higher education in California;

      • Must file or will file an affidavit as required by individual institutions, stating that the filer will apply for legal residency as soon as possible;

      • Must not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (Non-immigrants, as defined by federal law, have been admitted to the United States temporarily and may have been granted one of the following visas: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, TN, TD, V, TROV, NATO. ​

What Steps Do I Take To Determine If I Qualify For AB540?

Is AB540 The Same As Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

No.  DACA is not legislation.  DACA is a modified process in which Homeland Security allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from USCIS. Individuals who are eligible to received deferred action will not be removed from the United States during a specific period of time unless deferred action is terminated. If you received deferred action, you may be eligible for employment authorization.

DACA Information 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):DACA is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion that provides temporary relief from deportation (deferred action) and work authorization to certain young people brought to the United States as children—often called "DREAMers." The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first launched the initiative in 2012, and since that time it has helped over 700,000 eligible young adults move into mainstream life in the United States, thereby improving their social and economic well-being.  To qualify under the original initiative, individuals must demonstrate that they:

    • Were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012;

    • Arrived in the United States before turning 16;

    • Continuously resided in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present;

    • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, as well as at the time of requesting deferred action from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);

    • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or any lawful immigration status expired on or before June 15, 2012;

    • Are either in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces; and

    • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors occurring on different dates and arising out of different acts, omissions, or schemes of misconduct, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

  • New applications and Renewals are currently being accepted. Here are detailed instructions on how to apply: https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/steps-to-apply-for-daca-for-the-first-time/Big picture

Financial Aid Assistance?

  As of January 2013, AB​540 students are eligible to apply for California State financial aid such as the "Dream Act" (not FAFSA).  

AB130 & AB131. These laws allow AB540 eligible students to apply for:

    • ​​Institutional Financial Aid:   ​As of January 2013, AB540 students are eligible for State Financial Aid grants like Cal Grants and Chafee.  They are also eligible to for State funded programs like BOG fee waiver, EOP&S, CARE.  ​
    • Privately Funded Scholarships: EVC offers various general and major specific scholarships. Starting January 2013 AB540 students will also be able to apply for EVC scholarships that require BOG fee waiver eligibility

What Are My Rights As An AB540 Student?

    • You cannot be denied admission to a California college or University based on your immigration status.

    • ​You are not required to pay out-of state, international, capital outlay, or penalty fees (which may be charged to out-of-state and/or international students) to enroll at a California college or university if you qualify for AB540.

    • ​You are not required to show proof of legal residency status or proof of application for legal residency status.

Tax Information for Undocumented Students

 If you are planning on filing taxes this year, you can claim tuition paid to EVC or SJCC on your taxes for a student credit or deduction. If you cannot find your 1098-T form on MyWeb, please contact the District office at (408) 270-6424.

employment options for immigrants

A TIN is a taxpayer identification number for individuals who are NOT U.S. citizens or permanent residents. To apply for a TIN please visit: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7.pdf

​Contact Us


(408)274-7900 ext 6079

E-mail: evc.oasiss@evc.edu

Brenda S. Martinez 
Program Coordinator 

408-274-7900 x6499

Kathleen Melendez 

Program Counselor 

E-mail evc.oasiss@evc.edu

Student Services Center

 Room SC 214​​


Monday- Thursday

8:30am - 5:00pm


Virtual 8:00am 5:00pm


Turn in the application in SC-214 or e-mail it to evc.oasiss@evc.edu! There is no deadline and you can apply anytime.

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