DACA Frequently Asked Questions

DACA Recipients: Important Update

To comply with a federal judge’s ruling, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting and processing DACA renewal applications

The Immigration Response Team is available to meet with you. Attend our Immigration Drop-In hours or email immigration@umn.edu to schedule a consultation.

Can I apply to renew DACA?

Can I apply to renew DACA?

As of January 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting renewals for DACA recipients. This is to comply with January 9th decision by a federal judge in California. The Trump administration will appeal the ruling, but for now, you can submit renewal applications.

Can I still attend the University of Minnesota if I lose DACA?

Can I still attend the University of Minnesota if I lose DACA?

You may still attend the University of Minnesota. Enrollment in a Minnesota public college and university is not dependent on immigration status.  Additionally, the Minnesota Dream Act provides undocumented Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria with:

  • In-state resident tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate students at public colleges and universities, including all University of Minnesota campuses;
  • State financial aid to students who meet state residency requirements, regardless of immigration status;
  • Privately funded financial aid through public colleges and universities, including aid from the University of Minnesota regardless of immigration status, including undocumented students.

The Minnesota Dream Act is an official University of Minnesota policy. For more information, visit the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Dream Act or call them at 1-800-657-3866. They can arrange for translation services for students or a family member. 

I currently have DACA. When will I lose my work authorization?

I currently have DACA. When will I lose my work authorization?

As of January 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting renewals for DACA recipients. This is to comply with January 9th decision by a federal judge in California. The Trump administration will appeal the ruling, but for now, you can submit renewal applications.

If your DACA EAD (Employment Authorization Document)) expired on or after September 5, 2017, you may send USCIS a renewal application. 

What is the University’s position on DACA?

What is the University’s position on DACA?

President Kaler supports legislation to make permanent the protections afforded through DACA. He has committed to doing everything within the University’s power to help our students, including advising support and resources through the Immigration Response Team. He has also signed several letters urging Congress to pass legislation to protect young people under DACA, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” including this letter from Big 10 leaders.

What can I do before my DACA expires?

What can I do before my DACA expires?

We encourage anyone with DACA to consult with the Immigration Response Team. You can contact us at 612-624-4224 or immigration@umn.edu. You can also attend immigration drop-in hours held during the academic year.

We can talk with you about your financial and academic situation before your DACA expires. We’ll help you plan and suggest questions to ask your advisor and/or department. 

These consultations with students also help us notify university leaders about the specific issues DACA students face. With more information, the university is in a better position to find ways to support these students and help them complete their programs.

Can I travel abroad for work, research or study?

Can I travel abroad for work, research or study?

USCIS is no longer providing advance parole applications for DACA recipients.  Even if you had an application pending at the time the DACA rescission decision was announced, USCIS will not process advance parole applications. You can consult with the Immigration Response Team to talk about your situation. We will assist you in identifying who you should consult, your academic advisor or your department, to discuss options.

If you had received advance parole prior to the DACA rescission announcement, are a DACA recipient and are considering travel outside the United States, you are strongly encouraged to consult with the Immigration Response Team or your immigration attorney before any travel.

If I lose work authorization, how will I afford tuition?

If I lose work authorization, how will I afford tuition?

Minnesota resident students who meet the Minnesota Dream Act qualifications are still eligible for in-state tuition and the financial aid support they are receiving through the Minnesota State Grant, University Trust Fund Loans or U Promise (they must complete the paperwork with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education). Students can also apply for The Dream Fund to receive a modest emergency grant once per academic year.

In addition, we encourage students to consult with the Immigration Response Team before their work permit expires and to talk to One Stop in advance about financial issues. We want to work with you to see what resources might be available to support you.

Will I lose my University job when my work permit expires?

Will I lose my University job when my work permit expires?

When your work authorization expires, you will lose many financial assistance options that require work. This includes losing access to work study, Community Advisor, Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions. 

We advise all students to consult with the Immigration Response Team before their work permit expires and to talk to One Stop in advance about financial issues. 
 

Will my graduate or postdoctoral fellowship be affected when my work authorization expires?

Will my graduate or postdoctoral fellowship be affected when my work authorization expires?

Graduate and postdoctoral fellowships are considered scholarships, so those students are not categorized as student employees. As a result, fellowships will not be affected when DACA work authorization expires.

Can I continue to work when my DACA work permit expires?

Can I continue to work when my DACA work permit expires?

When your current DACA work authorization expires, your protection from deportation will also expire. You should speak to an immigration attorney about whether you have other legal options for an immigration status that would permit you to continue working. If you do not have an immigration attorney, consult with the Immigration Response Team or check the legal resources listed by campus for assistance identifying a qualified attorney. Students on the Twin Cities campus can also contact Student Legal Services

We encourage students to consult in advance with the Immigration Response Team and/or an immigration attorney before their DACA work authorization expires to discuss options.

How should I prepare my finances before my work permit expires?

How should I prepare my finances before my work permit expires?

The National Immigration Law Center has a detailed list of recommended actions to prepare your finances that we encourage you to consult. On the same fact sheet, they provide information on your Social Security number and filing taxes.

Where can I get mental health support?

Where can I get mental health support?

Student counseling services are available on each campus (see list on our Resource page.)

If you cannot concentrate on your school work or in class, find it hard to fall asleep or can’t motivate yourself to go to work or school, talk to a therapist or medical provider. Medical and mental health providers will not report your status to law enforcement or immigration agents.

The current environment puts significant stress on DACA and undocumented students. It is important to seek out help when you feel overwhelmed, and to take care of your physical and mental health. These are basic but important reminders for your whole health: get enough sleep, eat nutritious food, get some physical activity every day and spend time with family and friends.  You can also find support in student groups, especially student cultural groups that can provide understanding and support. We list campus multicultural offices by campus here.

I am worried about being picked up by immigration agents after my DACA expires.

I am worried about being picked up by immigration agents after my DACA expires.

Generally, USCIS has said it will not proactively provide other law enforcement agencies, (including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, and Customs and Border Protection, CBP) the information you provided for your DACA application unless there is a risk to national security or public safety, or unless the criteria meets USCIS’ Notice to Appear (see  USCIS FAQ Q19). 

For most DACA recipients, you have the right to a hearing conducted before an immigration judge. These proceedings can take many months, if not years. If you do not have a qualified immigration attorney, you should find one. We have legal resources available by campus, including campus and nonprofit legal services. You can also consult the Immigration Response Team for help finding legal representation. 

You should be familiar with basic Know Your Rights information. Additional resources are:

What will happen if I am put in removal proceedings?

What will happen if I am put in removal proceedings?

It will depend on each individual situation. But in most cases, you will have the right to a hearing conducted before an immigration judge.  These proceedings can take many months, if not years.  If you would like to talk more about this concern, contact the Immigration Response Team. We encourage all DACA recipients to consult with an immigration attorney in advance.  

Everyone in removal proceedings has a right to an attorney. If you do not have an immigration attorney, contact the Immigration Response Team. We also have campus and nonprofit legal resources listed by campus here.

What if I am removed (deported) from the United States during a semester?

What if I am removed (deported) from the United States during a semester?

In most cases, you will have the right to a court proceeding before an immigration judge and these proceedings can take months or even years. 

If you are removed before completing your semester, the university will review and support a full tuition refund. You will need to complete a Tuition Refund Appeal (pdf) through One Stop to ensure eligibility for the refund. See information about making a refund request here.

Can I complete my studies if I am removed from the United States?

Can I complete my studies if I am removed from the United States?

Each student situation will be different, but overall the universIty is committed to removing barriers and helping students who might face this situation.

Students can consult with One Stop, their academic advisor or the Immigration Response Team to discuss their situation. These groups will assist with reaching out to faculty to develop an arrangement that helps the student as much as possible. Some examples might be:

  • Completing a course via email with their instructors;
  • Directing students to other coursework or programs available online through one of the UMN system campuses.