As a result of a recent court decision, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beginning December 5, 2020.  The court also orders accepting DACA renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017.

We would like to reiterate our commitment to providing our full support to all Rutgers students, especially during this challenging time. The Dean of Students Office is available to provide additional advocacy and support for our undocumented student community.

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We know students may have questions following announcements regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Dean of Students Office supports all students attending Rutgers University–New Brunswick and is committed to helping students achieve success from admission until graduation. We recognize that there are specific challenges undocumented students face as they pursue their education. This website is designed to share resources and information to help undocumented students make the most of their experience at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. 

As you may already know, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal on the future of the DACA program on November 12th, 2019.  It is possible that the decision will permit the government to immediately stop accepting DACA renewal applications. Our RICAP Immigrant Rights attorney, Jason Hernandez, is recommending students renew their DACA applications before November 12th

All Rutgers students with questions regarding whether to renew their DACA status or who need general assistance and advisement should reach out to the Dean of Students case management staff at The case management staff provide confidential and comprehensive advisement and act as university liaison for all students, staff, and faculty on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.

Immigration Rights Attorney Jason Hernandez from The Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP) is available immediately for a free consultation at or 856-225-2302. In addition to individual legal advice, he can assist in preparing the application, and answer questions about these recent developments.


Counseling and Support 

Those directly impacted by the DACA decision needing support can call CAPS at 848.932.7884 or stop in to 17 Senior Street and ask to speak with the counselor on call. 

Legal Questions and Referral Information 

Student Legal Services
Please call 848-932-4529 or email to make an appointment with one of our attorneys. 

Rutgers Immigration Community Assistant Project (RICAP) 

Rutgers Law School – Jason Hernandez

Students can also connect to the RICAP through Student Legal Services.

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