Resources for Undocumented Students

Rutgers University–Newark supports undocumented students in accessing higher education.

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Rutgers University–Newark (RU–N) is committed to ensuring that we remain a place not just open to, but inclusive and fully nurturing of, people of all backgrounds. RU–N reaffirms the university’s commitment to remaining a safe space for all to learn. Our students, faculty, and staff work together and take action on issues of importance to the university and to our greater community. Indeed, this spirit of collaboration is embedded in our strategic plan, which we will continue to implement vigorously so our university remains a place of access and opportunity for students of all backgrounds.

On June 18, 2019, in the Dept. of Homeland Security v. Regents of the Univ. of CAthe Supreme Court of the United States rendered a decision preserving DACA.  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.  

If you are a student impacted by this decision, we encourage you to seek legal advice immediately.  Students seeking a free legal consultation should contact RICAP at  Students with questions about other student support services should contact USS at  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.

Events + Info Sessions

What Happens Now?
Wednesday, December 9th | 2:30pm

Join us to discuss the post-election results, the recent DACA court decision, and what these outcomes means for the undocumented community.

Hosted by Maria Zamora, Program Manager, RU-N IRC- Undocumented Student Services (USS)

Zoom Meeting ID: 833 472 4039

Password: 605907

Virtual Town Hall: DACA Updates

Monday, December 14th | 11:30am   

Friday, December 18th | 2:00pm

This space is for students, faculty, and staff that self-identify or work with the Undocumented, DACAmented community. 

Hosted by Undocumented Student Services (USS) and Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP)

Same Zoom info for both dates

Zoom Meeting ID: 833 472 4039

Password: 605907


Students, families, faculty, and staff are encouraged to access information on the following topics:In full support of our undocumented students, Rutgers University-Newark would like to pass on information and FAQs issued by The Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. 

Higher Education Access and Undocumented Students
Non-Employment Based Educational Funding Opportunities
Employment Authorization
Guide to Independent Contracting
5 Tips to Get Started as an Independent Contractor
Informed Immigrant’s One-Stop Resource Hub
DACA Renewal FAQs (United We Dream and National Immigration Law Center)
Pocket-sized Know-Your-Rights “Red Cards” to Print and Carry
Frequently Asked Questions about Power of Attorney Document (Bilingual)
Power of Attorney Document Spanish/English (Bilingual)

Key Contacts

Undocumented Student Services

Maria Zamora | Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Program Manager |
Conklin Hall232
175 University AveNewarkNJ07102

Undocumented Student Services, Intercultural Resource Center 

Jason Hernandez

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

Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP)

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