DACAmented & UnDACAmented

Overhead of a crowd of students at commencement

Since the repeal of DACA in 2017, I have advocated for a legislative solution that will end the uncertainty and give talented and motivated individuals a way to earn permanent residence, and eventually, U.S. citizenship, a decision that would honor the nation's highest ideals of fairness, compassion, and justice.

President Peter Salovey, June 21, 2018

Support for Undocumented Students at Yale

Yale University will provide resources to help students navigate this extremely difficult and uncertain time, including access to experts, lawyers and financial support to help any Yale student who faces legal action as a result of any changes in the DACA program. For more information contact ann.kuhlman@yale.edu.

Questions?

Yale faculty and staff with questions about undocumented and DACAmented students, or DACA in general, are also invited to contact contact OISS.

Information on other immigration matters that may be a concern.


DACA in the Federal Agencies and the Courts

As DACA continues to evolve frequently and quickly, we link to two websites that maintain reliable and current information: AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), and the National Immigration Law Center.

January 22, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court took no action on a request from the Trump administration to review the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, meaning the program remains in place for the time being. If the court accepts the case at a later date and follows its usual procedures, the case would not be argued before October 2019, with a decision likely issued in 2020, according to the Washington Post.

January 9, 2018

On January 9, 2018, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order that allows current DACA holders to renew their DACA status, and on January 13, the USCIS posted initial guidance on submitting DACA renewal applications in light of the January court decision.

  • No applications for Advanced Parole based on DACA will be accepted by USCIS
  • No new applications for DACA status will be accepted by USCIS
  • Applications for DACA renewal are being accepted by USCIS including for individuals whose DACA has already expired.

The USCIS guidance is still in effect, however according to the Council for Global Immigration “ in April, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion vacating the Trump administration's September 5, 2017 rescission of DACA, but gave the administration 90 days to issue a new memorandum providing “a fuller explanation for the determination that the program lacks statutory and constitutional authority.” Nielsen's new memorandum was submitted on June 22, 2018.


Renewing DACA Status

Yale students and staff interested in renewing their DACA status are strongly advised to consult with an immigration attorney before taking any action. Yale will continue to make legal consultations available which will be arranged through OISS.