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Rutgers University-Newark is dedicated to providing our DACAmented and undocumented students 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.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the DACA case on November 12, 2019.  The Court is now prepared to render a decision by June 2020.  This decision has the potential to affect whether the government will continue accepting DACA renewals.  Because we cannot be sure when the decision will be issued or whether the government will continue accepting DACA renewals, all affected students are encouraged to review their DACA expiration date and consider renewing. In particular, students whose DACA expires in less than one year are encouraged to renew or seek legal advice ASAP.

In Rutgers University-Newark’s continuing effort to support all of its students and promote equity in higher education, the Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP) is available to advise any student regarding whether to renew.  Any student with individual questions about whether to renew, or who needs assistance with a renewal application should contact Jason Hernandez, Esq. at or 856-225-2302.  All RICAP legal services are at no cost to the student

RU-N is committed to assisting you through this process. Please review the RICAP DACA Advisory issued October 1, 2019.  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 Eligibility 

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)

The Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP) at Rutgers Law School was created as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to serve all of its students.

Led by attorney Jason Hernandez, who has 8 years of experience working in immigrant and refugee law, RICAP strives to foster a safe environment on campus and to remove barriers to student success by providing immigration legal services. RICAP hosts community forums, informational Immigration presentations, and Know-Your-Rights trainings on all Rutgers campuses. 

All students currently enrolled at Rutgers are eligible for a free and confidential legal consultation. Direct representation may be available through RICAP or by referral to a reputable attorney.


If you're seeking an appointment or have a general questions, please contact us:

For updates and announcements, find us on Instagram at @RU_RICAP.

Key Contacts

Jason Hernandez

Immigration Rights Attorney
123 Washington StreetNewarkNJ07102

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