DACA Rescission Information for Students, Employees, and All Community Members

In light of the rescission of the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") on September 5, 2017, the College wishes to share the following information about important deadlines and resources.

Please read the FAQ from the Department of Homeland Security for more detailed information about procedural changes affecting individuals impacted by the September 5th Rescission of DACA.

NEW APPLICATIONS: U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") is no longer accepting applications for DACA, as of September 5, 2017.

RENEWAL APPLICATIONS: are being accepted through October 5, 2017. You may apply to renew if your current DACA approval expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.

IMPORTANT: If your current DACA approval expires before March 5, 2018, the College recommends that you file for a renewal IMMEDIATELY. Waiting until closer to the October 5th deadline may limit opportunities to resubmit the paperwork, in case it is rejected for technical errors or simple administrative reasons. To find out more about filing for your renewal immediately, see the USCIS DACA website and/or contact an immigration attorney.

TRAVEL REQUESTS UNDER DACA: pending requests to the Department of Homeland Security for advance parole for travel will no longer be approved (also known as advance parole travel approvals). If you have submitted an application and are awaiting a response, you should assume that it will not be granted and adjust your plans accordingly. For those who already have advance parole approvals for study abroad, it is important to understand that granting return access remains discretionary for the Customs and Border Patrol agent who may question you during the processing of your return to the U.S. You therefore may wish to consult with an immigration attorney about leaving or returning to the United states under an advance parole request that has already been granted.

OTHER GROUNDS FOR RESIDENCY APPROVAL: DACA recipients should still consider other (non-DACA) grounds that may grant legal residency once the DACA approval expires. For various reasons, many individuals' first experience, or only experience, with immigration law was the approval of their DACA applications. To learn about other paths forward under the United States immigration laws, you may wish to contact an immigration attorney.

CURRENT WORK AUTHORIZATION: Work permits will remain valid until the DACA expiration date, even if that expiration date is after March 5, 2018. Once the work permit expires, however, you will no longer be able to renew your work authorization under the DACA program and continue to work lawfully.

CURRENT FINANCIAL AID: Financial aid from Federal funding sources requires submission of a FAFSA form, which includes inquiries about the applicant’s citizenship status. If you are DACA-eligible, any private benefits you currently receive will not be affected by any changes in DACA status. If you have further questions about your eligibility with regards to your current package, please speak to the Office of Student Financial Services.

EMPLOYEES and SUPERVISORS shall continue to make no inquiries into any employee's DACA status, or other immigration status, unless it is pursuant to, and in compliance with, the I-9 or E-Verify process and related laws and regulations. Federal law prohibits employers from rejecting valid documents or insisting on additional documents beyond what is required for the Form I-9 or E-Verify processes, based on an employee's citizenship status or national origin. Discrimination of any kind based on an individual's national origin, race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, marital status, or familial status continues to be a violation of Ithaca College policy, as well as various state and federal laws.

Resources for students and/or employees:

Academic, Financial, and Support Services

Ithaca College Office of International Programs

(academic program advising and support networks for international students and other students affected by the rescission)

(607) 274-3306

Ithaca College Office of Student Financial Services

(if you have specific questions about impacts on eligibility with regards to higher education benefits

(607) 274-3131

Legal Assistance Services

Ithaca College cannot give private legal advice or opinions to students and employees. The following legal resources are unaffiliated with the College, and contact information is provided solely for your reference and convenience.

New York State Bar Association, Attorney Referral Service

(assistance locating immigration, or other, attorneys in New York State)

(800) 342-3661

http://www.nysba.org/lawyerreferral/

Miller Mayer Law Firm

(immigration law attorneys and online immigration law newsletter)

(607) 273-4200

https://millermayer.com/2017immigrationchanges/

Immigration Support Services

(information and services regarding visa petitions)

(800) 437-7313

https://immigrationsupport.com/about

Emotional Support Services (confidential on-campus resources)

Center for Counseling & Psychological Services

(607) 274-3136

Campus Chaplains and Ministers

Specific denominations:

  • 607-274-3184, for Catholic Community.

  • 607-274-3323, for Jewish Community.

  • 607-274-3185, for Protestant Community.

(607) 274-3103

Additional Resources for Employees

Employee Assistance Program (external service provider)

(free legal referral and consultation service program for employees)

1-800-EAP-CALL (327-2255)

Ithaca College Office of Human Resources

- inquiries regarding Benefit Programs for employees (including EAP)

- inquiries regarding Employee Relations issues (including discrimination concerns complaints)

- (607) 274-3188

- (607) 274-1509