Resources for Undocumented Students

DACA Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has resumed accepting requests to renew grants of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. USCIS is currently not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under the DACA program. There is one lawsuit still pending that challenges the validity of the DACA program. However, our advice to our students are as follows:

  • If you currently have DACA, you should request renewal 150-120 days before it expires to minimize the possibility that your current period of DACA expires before you receive a decision on your renewal request.
  • If you now have DACA , USCIS will accept renewal requests more than 150 days in advance of your DACA expiration; however, this could result in an overlap of your current DACA period and your renewal period.
  • If your expiration date is over one year, you can renew. Typically, USCIS will not reject renewals if the expiration date does not exceed one year.
  • If you had DACA previously and it expired more than one year ago or was terminated, you may not request DACA as a renewal, but you may file a new initial DACA request. As addressed above, if you had DACA and it expired less than one year ago, you can request renewal and USCIS will typically accept the request.
  • If you would like to implement a family preparedness plan due to the uncertainty of the DACA program, please contact Student Legal Services.

In addition to some other requirements, to qualify for deferred action, a person must not be convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, or otherwise pose a threat to public safety or national security.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not accept advance parole applications from DACA recipients.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Affairs office by email or phone (651-962-6120).

DACA Helpline

The Immigration Law Center of Minnesota is providing a helpline for legal questions related to DACA. 

Click here for hours.

CALL: 651-287-3715

St. Thomas strives to maintain a welcoming, vibrant and diverse community that respects and supports the dignity and well-being of every member. We believe a diverse, supportive and caring community will best enable our students to learn and grow into morally responsible leaders who will advance the common good.

Consistent with our mission, convictions and Catholic identity, we invite prospective students to join our community based on their commitment to our mission and convictions, personal qualities, skills and experience, and potential to contribute to our community and the common good. Prospective students born outside the United States are welcome to apply, regardless of immigration status.

St. Thomas seeks to provide every member of our community with the personal attention and support they need to thrive. We are committed to supporting undocumented students and students with undocumented family members, who may face unique challenges. The following resources may be helpful to these members of the St. Thomas community.

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a nonprofit agency that provides immigration legal assistance to low-income immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. ILCM also works to educate Minnesota communities and professionals about immigration matters, and advocates for state and federal policies which respect the universal human rights of immigrants.


E4FC offers numerous resources for undocumented immigrants, students in particular, including a Dreamer Intake Form that E4FC staff review to identify potential immigration remedies, scholarships lists, and life after college guides. They describe their core strategies as: providing life-changing financial support that enables undocumented young people to overcome systemic barriers, develop partnerships with key educational institutions to enhance their support for undocumented students, and identify promising practices that will embolden other educational institutions, equip undocumented young people with the information and resources needed to navigate life, make informed decisions, and pursue educational and career goals, develop the leadership capacity of undocumented young people through career training, mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to educate and empower the undocumented community, and train undocumented young people to reclaim and share personal stories in order to heal, strengthen community bonds, transform hearts and minds, and advance policy legislation.


WEBSITE is a searchable online directory of over 940 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Only nonprofits that are BIA recognized or have attorneys on staff are included in the directory. Users can search by state, county, or detention facility. Users can also refine their search by types and areas of legal assistance provided, populations served, languages spoken, other areas of legal assistance, and non-legal services provided. was developed by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net with support from the Four Freedoms Fund.


The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights.


Family Preparedness Plan:

Know Your Rights and What Immigrant Families Should Do Now: (English) (Spanish)





Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.


National Immigration Law Center Resources


Health Care Issues

Know Your Rights

Rights During Immigration Raids

For 45 years, the National Immigration Project has promoted justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and social policies related to immigration. Our success is built upon a foundation of nationwide members and supporters, including attorneys, law students, judges, jailhouse lawyers, advocates, community organizations, and all individuals seeking to defend and expand the rights of immigrants in the U.S.


Tools To Defend Your Rights:

You Have Rights (English) (Spanish)


What to Do if Immigration/Police Come to Your Door (English)  (Spanish)


How Arrests and Convictions Separate Families (English) (Spanish)


How to Protect You and Your Family During Immigration Raids (English) (Spanish)


Know Your Rights Card (Bilingual)





United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.


To find a private immigration attorney to help you with your case, visit:
AILA's Immigration Lawyer Search (
National Immigration Project's Lawyer Referral Directory (

The MN Dream Act (also known as The Prosperity Act) was introduced by Senator Sandra Pappas (SF723) and Representative Carlos Mariani (HF875) and was included in the omnibus Higher Education bill passed by the 2013 Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton on May 23, 2013.


College Help for Undocumented Students

There are approximately 1.7 million undocumented students under the age of 18 in the United States, many of whom have spent most of their lives in the country after immigrating with their parents at an early age. Though they don’t have a passport, these kids attend school, learned English as their primary language and consider themselves Americans. Each year, more than 65,000 undocumented immigrants graduate from high school and many hope to study at an American college or university.


Immigration related resources and information provided by the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services at the University of St. Thomas.

Their Immigration Law Practice Group primarily takes cases referred by The Advocates for Human Rights.