Undocumented? We are here to help.
February 14, 2018 Update: USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Due to federal court orders in January and February 2018, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. No more travel authorization will be granted unfortunately.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in November 2019 and will likely make a decision in Spring of 2020.
We recommend that everyone with DACA consider longer term options (see our guide here and the screening tool released by the American Immigration Council (written for attorneys): Screening Potential DACA Requestors for Other Forms of Relief). And also talk to an attorney or legal service provider (immigrationlawhelp.org) before leaving the US.
The Presidents Alliance has information about DACA and the Dream Promise Act that passed the House this year.
Curran, Berger & Kludt has collaborated with Immigrants Rising, to offer legal resources for undocumented students in the United States. Our shared goal is to help undocumented youth find long-term immigration remedies.
There are many other organizations that assist undocumented students. Our goal is to provide legal advice that is comprehensive – that evaluates and advises on all areas of immigration law. Unlike many undocumented adults in the US, undocumented students may have remedies (short or long term) based on their education. There are no magic answers, but accurate information on immigration law issues helps undocumented students make decisions about their future.
For many years our firm has represented colleges and universities. In the past, there would be individual undocumented students approaching us for advice, but the numbers were relatively small. Because of demographics, specifically the wave of immigration in the late 1980s and early 1990s, we are finding many students now who are undocumented. They often finish school, and then are unable to use their degrees. Trying to help these students involved surveying the gamut of visa categories, from family to business, to look for a possible remedy.
Even though the DREAM Act is stalled in Congress, we are proud to work with E4FC, a great organization which is quickly gaining supporters. Most recently, Silicon Valley technology leaders have added their voices and generosity to help further E4FC’s mission. Check out The Wall Street Journal’s coverage here, and the LA Times coverage here.