Immigration Resources and Support

“…UT Dallas remains strongly committed to supporting our diverse and inclusive campus community.
All who work and learn on this campus, as well as those who visit, are treated with respect, regardless of,
but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, military status or sexual orientation.”

-Dr. Richard C. Benson, President

The UT Dallas International Center strives to serve our diverse international community. Below are some specific resources that may be helpful in your everyday life, as it relates to immigration support and personal care.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Information

The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. For more information see https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status

TPS Country Expiration Dates

USCIS has recently announced updates to the expiration dates of TPS for nationals of various countries. Please see information below.
Country TPS Expiration Date (*as of 11/28/17)
El Salvador 3/9/2018
Haiti 7/22/2019
Honduras 1/5/2019
Nepal 6/24/2018
Nicaragua 7/5/2018
Somalia 9/17/2018
South Sudan 5/5/2019
Sudan 11/2/2018
Syria 3/31/2018
Yemen 8/3/2018

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Information

On September 5, 2017, USCIS rescinded the DACA program, providing a six-month "winding down" period. Please see the information below to help you during this time.

UT Dallas Supports DACA Students

“I and the UT System believe in our DACA students and that their opportunities to contribute to Texas and our nation should be upheld and continued by our leaders in Washington.
Let me also speak directly to you, our UT DACA students. You can be certain of our support as you continue to pursue your dreams — the American dream — to obtain an education and build a better future for you and your families. As UT adheres to federal and state laws regarding immigration, rest assured our campuses will remain places where you can safely study as Congress takes up this issue.”

-Chancellor William H. McRaven on DACA

“When concerns about the possible rescindment of DACA began to surface last fall, I signed a statement in support of the program along with hundreds of other college and university presidents from across the country.
The University’s leadership team is united in our efforts to provide a safe environment for all UT Dallas students. The University follows all applicable federal laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which protects the privacy of our students.”

-President Richard C. Benson on DACA

“The UT Dallas International Center reiterates its support and global engagement commitment to our DACA students.”

- Interim Sr. Director, International Center Leticia S. Zamarripa on DACA

Important Considerations for TPS and DACA Students

Campus Resources

General Immigration Resources 

Personal Care 

Safety 

Off Campus Resources

Know Your Rights: It is important to know your rights in the United States, including rights related to encounters with law enforcement (ICE, Customs and Border Protection, local police). NAFSA provides many links to general information about Constitutional rights.

Dallas Bar Association Community Legal Resources: Includes links to community legal resources including the American Civil Liberties Union of North Texas, Catholic Charities Immigration, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, and more.

Texas Legal Clinic Calendar: A legal clinic is an event where a person can go to get free legal advice on their issues, in person. Different clinics will provide legal advice on different subjects. Make sure to check with each organization before going to a clinic.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA): AILA is the professional organization for immigration lawyers. Visit aila.org to find an immigration lawyer in your area who can assist with complicated immigration matters.

Proyecto Inmigrante: Proyecto Inmigrante provides legal representation and immigration counseling services. For more information, contact their Dallas office.

Catholic Charities of Dallas: The Immigration and Legal Services (ILS) of Catholic Charities of Dallas provides a broad range of immigration counseling and representation to immigrants and their families.

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