Renew DACA Now!

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Rutgers University-Newark is dedicated to providing our Dreamers and DACA recipients a welcoming and safe environment where we provide you with resources critical to your personal and academic success. In full support of our students, we would like to pass on important information received from the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration regarding DACA renewals, which reflects recommendations of the RU-N team of professionals advising students on DACA issues.

Immigration advocates are encouraging those eligible to renew DACA to do so as soon as possible

  • Renew now! Please do not wait to see what happens in August. There is a strong push from immigration advocates for all DACA recipients to renew (including those with expired work permits as they are still eligible)
  • If your DACA is expiring within one year, renew now.  Advocates and lawyers have noted that USCIS is not rejecting applications whose renewals are far in the future, including more than 180 days in advance. Either they are processing them or holding them, but at least not rejecting them.

RU-N is committed to assisting you through this process. If at any point, you need help or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Key Contacts listed on the bottom of this page. 


Your Guide to DACA Renewal

It is uncertain how long renewals will be accepted, but we are here to help you navigate the process. 

Step 1: Do you have DACA, or have you had DACA in the past? Check to See If You Can Renew Your DACA

Step 2: If you are eligible to renew your DACA, United We Dream has created a step-by-step process on How to Easily Renew Your DACA

Step 3: Do you need financial support to renew your DACA? Please visit the following blogs provided by United We Dream for more information:


DACA Renewal Eligibilty 

Provided by United We Dream, here's a quick checklist to know if you can apply for renewal now:

  • You have applied AND received DACA before.
  • You must not have departed the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012, without first having been granted advance parole.
  • You must have resided continuously in the U.S. from the time you submitted the initial request for DACA up until the present time.
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and must not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. If you have, please consult with a lawyer.


Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP)

General immigration consultations and DACA application assistance is available through the Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP) at no cost to the student.

To make an appoitment, please contact Jason Hernandez, Immigration Rights Attorney at Rutgers University.

Key Contacts

Jason Hernandez

Immigration Rights Attorney

Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP)

Undocumented Student Services

Paul Robeson Campus Center (PRCC)302
350 Dr. Martin Luther Kind Jr. BlvdNewarkNJ07102

Undocumented Student Services, Office of the Dean of Students