Supporting Undocumented Students

Supporting Undocumented Students

Duke students, please contact Dr. Li-Chen Chin with questions or concerns that are not answered below. or 919-684-5480.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Beginning with the class entering in the fall of 2017, Duke will meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undocumented undergraduate students. If you are interested in applying for Duke for undergraduate study, please consult the Admissions Office and the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support If you are interested in applying for graduate/professional study, please check with the school/program directly.

A: Duke is firmly committed to protecting the right of all students to learn and discover, regardless of their background or immigration status. If your DACA permit and employment authorization (or EAD) will expire by March 5, 2018, you need to apply to review them immediately. Your applications to renew DACA and EAD must be received by US Citizenship and Immigration Services before or on October 5, 2017. USCIS will reject all requests to renew filed after October 5, 2017. For more information, please consult with the Department of Homeland Security website

If your employment authorization granted under DACA expires, Duke may change the components of your award to meet your demonstrated financial need.

A: US Citizenship and Immigration Services has the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time. Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS no longer approves any new applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program. If your DACA and/or advance parole document is revoked while you are abroad, you may not be allowed to re-enter the US by US Customs and Border Protection, which has the authority in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border.

A: Students may not be able to participate in international travel for various reasons. Please speak with your instructor and/or your academic dean to see if alternative arrangements can be made.  

A: Please appoint a family member or a trusted friend as your representative. If you are stopped or detained off campus, ask your representative to page the Dean-on-call at 919-970-4169, and the Dean-on-call will respond and connect you with appropriate resources.

A: If you earned less than $54,000, you are eligible for free tax preparation assistance from Duke Law School’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). You can find VITA sites.

A: It is normal to feel anxious at this time of uncertainty. You should seek support from others, such as family, friends, religious/spiritual communities, and your Duke advisors. Duke Counseling and Psychological Services provides professional support and adheres to confidentiality rules that protect all students' privacy. Learn more about these reactions and coping strategies.

A: If you have been granted deferred action under DACA, you are eligible to apply for a North Carolina driver's license for the duration of your permission to remain in the US, and if you meet all other statutory requirements.

A: If you entered the US without inspection, you do not have an immigration status. DACA approval does not grant you a valid status. If you entered the US legally but overstayed, and you are over the age of 18, you may be accumulating time toward “unlawful presence” in the US and subject to a 3- or 10-year bar from re-entering the US. Please consult with an immigration attorney who can evaluate your circumstances.

A: Please consult your home school's class attendance and missed work policy.  If you need financial assistance for travel, please consult with your financial support counselor.  

A: You should apply for a passport immediately. Contact a consul of your country of birth for more information.

North Carolina has an extension for Real ID enforcement, allowing federal agencies to accept driver’s licenses and identification cards from North Carolina at federal facilities through October 10, 2017. Consult with the Department of Homeland Security for up-to-date information.

If you are going to travel in the US, you should carry a folder that contains your DACA application, approval notice, employment authorization document, and be ready for inspection if requested.

A: The US immigration regulations define “child” as an unmarried person under the age of 21. A “child” can be deported. You should appoint a family member or a trusted friend as your “Power of Attorney”. For more information, please consult the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State


"Duke is one of 19 leading research universities who have signed on to an amici brief supporting plaintiffs challenging President Trump’s new rules covering the young people participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.

The case combines actions filed by the University of California system, the states of California, Maryland and Minnesota, the city of San Jose and a half-dozen students affected by the new DACA rules. It will be heard in US District Court in the Northern District of California.

The 19 universities all have DACA students enrolled. The brief provides short bios for some of the students and notes the obstacles they have overcome to make it to college and the contributions they are making both to their communities and to the university.

“The DACA students at amici institutions were selected because they are outstanding students,” the brief states. “Like their classmates, these young people were valedictorians, student government leaders, varsity athletes, inventors, academic award winners, accomplished artists, and role models for younger children in their communities. And like many of their classmates, they are the pride of the neighborhoods in which they grew up—‘local kids who made good.’”

November 3, 2017

“In light of the decision to end DACA, Duke University restates its firm commitment to protecting the right of all students to learn and discover here, regardless of their background or immigration status. These talented young men and women clearly deserve the opportunity to be members of the Duke community, which is enriched and strengthened by their contributions.

“Duke has taken, and will continue to take, steps to support members of the community who may be affected, including:  providing resources and guidance to students and employees, and making referrals to legal aid when necessary; maintaining confidentiality of student and employee records to the fullest extent of the law; continuing to meet the full demonstrated financial need for undocumented students; and strongly advocating for a long-term resolution through the DREAM Act and similar efforts. 

“Our core values compel us to protect the rights of students and employees who embody what James B. Duke called “character, determination and an ambition for life.”

Duke University President Vincent E. Price sent the following letter to President Donald Trump today regarding proposed changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: More.

"€‹On March 16, the higher education community sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump thanking him for his positive comments about '€œDreamers' and asking him to allow these productive and high-achieving individuals to continue working and studying while his administration and Congress arrive at a permanent solution regarding their immigration status. It was signed by more than 560 college and university presidents and sent by ACE on behalf of itself and a number of major higher education associations." €‹More.

Durham Police Chief Cerelyn "€œC.J."€ Davis said that as a mother and resident, she is concerned about what is happening in the nation. "€œCheckpoints in the city of Durham have been directed to cease and desist,"€ Davis said. More.

Amid growing concern in the community, police chiefs in Chapel Hill and Carrboro told 500 Latinos this week that local police are not out looking for people in the country illegally. More.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., spent more than an hour taking questions from constituents Saturday at Hillside High School. More.

Duke joined 16 other universities in filing an amicus brief opposing the Trump administration’s immigration order.

Each of the 17 universities "€œhas a global mission, and each derives immeasurable benefit from the contributions of diverse students, faculty and scholars from around the world,"€ the brief says. "€œBecause (the universities) seek to educate future leaders from nearly every continent, attract the world'€™s best scholars, faculty and students, and work across international borders, they rely on the ability to welcome international students, faculty and scholars into their communities." More.