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DACA beneficiary
a recipient of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documents showing classification as an individual with “deferred action”, i.e. protection from deportation, on approved Form I-821D valid for 2 years. DACA beneficiaries also may have an approved employment authorization document (EAD) valid for a 2 years. DACA beneficiaries have protection from deportation and work authorization for the duration of their validity period. DACA beneficiaries do not have legal immigration status in the U.S.

an individual brought to the U.S. without legal documents at a young age. DREAMERS is the umbrella term for undocumented individuals who came to the US “illegally” as children. Not all DREAMERS applied for DACA; as such they remain unreported to federal government. Depending on if/how Congress acts, legislation may be passed to codify DACA in the law (limited relief to DACA recipients only) or to normalize all DREAMERS.

Individuals in legal immigration status
Those who entered the U.S. with legal permission and inspection. Examples include legal permanent residents, refugees and asylees, and those in temporary immigration status such as F-1, J-1, H-1B, TN, etc.


The information provided does not represent an endorsement by the University. You are encouraged to make your own decision based on the particulars of your personal situation. We also recommend that you check the Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service,

Any interaction with law enforcement local/state/federal may result in ICE initiating deporation proceedings. Potential impact on DACA student participation in political rallies and advocacy efforts that may bring them into contact with law enforcement.

Note: International students & scholars on UMass Dartmouth issued F-1, J-1, or OPT/STEM immigration documentation, should contact the International Students & Scholars Center (ISSC) for assistance and resources.

UMass FAQ on DACA and DREAMER Rescission

On-campus confidential resources

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Vice Chancellor Deborah Majewski
Foster Administration Building, Room 324

Local Immigration Clinic

UMass Dartmouth Law Immigration Clinic
333 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747


Offered by reputable Boston area immigration attorneys
Fee: Free; donations accepted

DACA Scholarships and clinics for renewal applications

Apply now for DACA Renewal Scholarships

Funding for DACA $495 filing fee

DACA NEWS from AILA (American Immigration Lawyer’s Association)

1. Mission Asset Fund (MAF) will provide $1,000,000 in scholarships to 2,000+ Dreamers to pay for DACA renewals by the October 5 deadline.  Between now and the October 5 deadline, MAF will provide 2,000 Dreamers with scholarships of $495 to renew their DACA permit. Capital to finance these scholarships come from the DACA Renewal Fund, launched last week with growing support from the philanthropic community.  For more information please visit:

2. AILA New England and the City of Boston are putting together an immigration clinic that will focus on DACA-related issues.  The clinic will take place on Wednesday, September 20, between 12 and 2:30pm, at the Mayor's Office for Immigrant advancement (City Hall, Room 806).  There will be AILA Attorneys on site to provide advice regarding DACA renewals and other DACA-related issues.  Many thanks to our hard-working Pro Bono Project Committee for setting it up!  More information:


Additional resources and information

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) - immigration attorney search

Graves & Doyle Attorneys at Law
100 State Street, 9th floor Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-542-6400

Justice Bridge - handles Immigration cases
New Bedford Office
257-259 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508-449-9296

landoli Desai & Cronin P.C.
38 Third Ave, Suite 100, Boston, MA 02129
Boston office: 617-482·1010
Worcester office: 508-754-4100

Law Office of Val C Ribeiro
170 Pleasant St - Ste 101, Fall River, MA 02721
Phone: (508) 689-4773

Savitz Law Offices, P.C.
6 Beacon Street, Ste. 900, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617-723-7111

Ellen Susser Keif
One Federal Street, Boston, MA 02196
Phone: 617-482-0200

Adrienne Vaughan
1895 Centre Street, W. Roxbury, MA 02132
Phone: 617-840-8515

Law Office of Jennifer L. Velarde
345 Union Street Room 7, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone (508) 996-0600

Law Office of Watt & Sylvia
628 Pleasant street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508·984-1470

Attorneys Specializing in Criminal Matters for Visa Holders

Anthony Drago Jr.
35 India Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-357-0400

Leonore Glaser
45 Bromfield Street, Suite 500, Boston, MA 02108
Phone: 617·742-5800

Catholic Charities of Providence
Office of Immigration and Refugee Services 1 Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-421-7833 ext. 229

Catholic Charities of Providence
Project Hope/Proyecto Esperanza
474 Broadway, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-728-0515

Catholic Social Services of Fall River
Immigrant, Law, Education and Advocacy
1600 Bay Street, Fall River, MA 02724
Phone: 508·674-4681

Dorcas International Institute of RI
Citizenship and Immigration Services
645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
Phone: 401-461-5940

Immigrant Assistance Center
58 Crapo Street, Unit 1
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: 508·996-8113

Massachusetts Immigrant Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition
105 Chauncy Street, Suite 901
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-350-5480

Progreso Latino Inc.
626 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI 02863
Phone: 401-728-5920

Sojourner House
386 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401&861-6191

UMass Dartmouth Undocumented Student Resources (PDF) 


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