DACA Update: Window to Apply for Renewals

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On January 13, 2018 the Department of Homeland Security announced it will resume the application renewal process for DACA students. This announcement is in response to U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s ruling on January 9, 2018, which stated President Trump did not have the authority to rescind parts of the DACA program. The Department’s announcement represents a window of opportunity for DACA students to apply for renewal of their status; however, it remains uncertain how long the opportunity will be available.

In light of this announcement and the rapid pace of DACA developments, we encourage students with DACA to apply for renewal as soon as possible. As a reminder, the University has arranged for DACA students to receive free legal services. Students can contact Jody Drafta (jld2224@columbia.edu) in the Office of University Life to connect with the law firm offering these services.

In addition to the law firm, the Columbia Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic provides free, confidential advice and representation to Columbia students and staff at risk of deportation in the United States who have DACA. Contact the Columbia Law School Immigrant's Rights Clinic at (212) 854-4291.

Should students have additional questions or concerns, they are encouraged to contact Associate Vice President for Student Life Ixchel Rosal, who serves as a liaison for DACA and undocumented students across the University and is available to meet with students individually or in groups: irosal@columbia.edu or (212) 854-5081. 

Please see additional information for DACA recipients and undocumented students here.