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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. To that end, we encourage students to utilize the following resources generated by the university and trusted partners, like the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

On July 28, USCIS issued the Wolf Memo which limited DACA and associated work authorization to one year, restricted advanced parole, and prevented initial DACA applicants from filing.  On December 4, 2020, federal district court in New York formally vacated the memo and specifically ordered DHS to announce on its websites that it will accept initial DACA requests, renewal requests, and advance parole requests and that DACA and work permits granted for only 1 year are automatically extended to two years.  We at Rutgers are heartened to hear this news, and remain steadfastly committed to supporting our students.  

You may request DACA if you:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
If you are a student impacted by this decision, we encourage you to seek legal advice immediately.  Students seeking a free legal consultation may contact RICAP at ricap-info@law.rutgers.edu.  Students with questions about other student support services should contact USS at undocu.services@newark.rutgers.edu.  Though this is great news, DACA is far from secure.  There is still pending litigation that could impact the availability of DACA, so all students are encouraged to act immediately.

July 28, 2020 Wolf Memo

RICAP Advisory: 2020 Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Your Guide to DACA Renewal

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

Immigrant Rights Attorney | Pronouns: He/Him/His/Él
123 Washington StreetNewarkNJ07102

Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP)

Follow us on Instagram (@RU_RICAP)

Undocumented Student Services

Maria Zamora | Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Program Manager | maria.zamora@rutgers.edu
Conklin Hall232
175 University AveNewarkNJ07102

Undocumented Student Services, Intercultural Resource Center