Undocumented Students

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, which were combined in to one case. In June 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration did not follow the proper procedures for ending the program; it did not rule on the lawfulness of ending the program. Consequently, DACA recipients no longer face the prospect of deportation. However, the Administration may take additional steps to end the program and the DACA program faces other legal challenges. Its future remains in question. 

DHS continues to process renewal applications for individuals who have previously received protection under DACA. The Administration has said that it will reject all new applications while it conducts a review of the program. 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.

Citizens and Immigration Services' Press Release: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary InjunctionFor additional information, visit:

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