Undocumented Student Resources

University Announcement 1/16/18

In a press release issued on Saturday, January 13, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated it will resume accepting and processing certain applications for deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This change was made in response to a preliminary injunction issued in federal court last week. 

The agency has now updated its website with application instructions and guidance.  For more information on the application process, please visit the USCIS website.

We encourage members of the campus community, particularly those who might be directly impacted, to contact key support offices with questions or concerns. 

Student Support Services (SSS)

Center for College Student Success (CCSS)

Butterfly Support Group

Dean on Call

Office of International Affairs

Student Counseling Services

University Announcement 1/12/18

In litigation challenging the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a federal district court judge in California has issued a preliminary injunction largely restoring DACA, and doing so on a nationwide basis. The provisional relief the Court granted on Tuesday requires U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to continue to accept renewal applications for DACA while ongoing litigation is pending. The injunction does not require USCIS to accept applications from individuals who have not previously received DACA or to grant advance parole to DACA recipients, which would allow them to travel abroad.

President Trump previously set a filing deadline of October 5, 2017 for DACA recipients seeking renewals, which were to be processed by March 5, 2018. The injunction would operate to temporarily lift that filing deadline. As of January 12, 2018 USCIS had not updated their website to reflect the Court’s ruling.

The injunction is temporary in nature and the Court’s ruling may be appealed, so the state of play may change in the upcoming days. The University of Chicago is committed to tracking these developments and providing students, faculty and staff with up-to-date information, as it becomes available. Check back here for updated information on this issue.

Our Commitment

"The University will continue working to ensure the success and well-being of our international and undocumented students. All of our students are entitled to the same rights and privileges around confidentiality of records and access to campus services and resources, regardless of citizenship. All students who apply to the University, regardless of citizenship and including undocumented students, are considered for admission and the financial aid for which they qualify. The University uses private funds to meet the full demonstrated financial aid needs of undocumented students in the College. We are committed to raising more private funds for financial aid to assist international and undocumented students in the College and throughout the University.

We firmly believe that every member of our community is entitled to participate in scholarly, professional and personal pursuits at the University. We recognize that individuals who are not United States citizens face distinctive challenges, and the University is committed to supporting them in numerous ways. This includes help with visa status and other issues that individuals must overcome to be members of our University community." - Daniel Diermeier, Provost (November, 2016)

Campus Resources

There are many offices on campus that provide an array of services and support to undocumented and DACAmented students, as well as those from mixed-status families.

For a complete list of University resources and a detailed FAQ, please visit undocumented.uchicago.edu.

Other Educational Resources

Students can click HERE for more information

Educators can click HERE for more information