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Undocumented Students Page

Each year, several thousand undocumented students graduate from high school, many of whom have lived in the United States since childhood. Advising undocumented students can be difficult in uncertain times. This page provides resources and guidance for professionals.

On June 15, 2012, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted temporary permission to stay to certain undocumented youth who came to the United State as children. However, on September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would end the DACA program. NACAC opposes the decision to rescind DACA, and encourages Members of Congress continue to attempt to negotiate a solution for these students and individuals.

Several lawsuits have been filed in relation to the announced rescission of the DACA program. In June 2019, the US Supreme Court announced that it will combine three of these appeals into one argument, to be heard during their Fall 2019 term, with a decision expected in 2020. NACAC will continue to monitor these legal challenges and provide updates as necessary.

While litigation is ongoing, DHS continues to process renewal applications for individuals who have previously received protections under DACA. Given the uncertainty created by these various legal threats to DACA, many immigration lawyers are encouraging DACA recipients to apply for renewal as soon as possible. Read more about important considerations that should be made prior to applying for renewal here, and learn more about how to renew here.

NACAC encourages you to speak with an immigration attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals–accredited representative if you are working with a student or group of students who may be undocumented and concerned about their future.

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