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Legal Pathways that Work Initiative

The Presidents’ Alliance is launching a new initiative, Legal Pathways that Work (LPTW), to address the need to develop and deliver immigration resources to institutions and students to support careers in the U.S. post-graduation. Continue Reading
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Celebrating 1-Year of the Community of Practice Directory and Network

Last month, the Presidents’ Alliance celebrated the first anniversary of the first national Undocumented Community of Practice Directory and Network with The Dream.US and Immigrants Rising! Continue Reading
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Fostering Inclusion for Black Immigrant Students at HBCUs

On March 21st, 2024 at 2:30 pm ET/11:30 am PT, the Presidents’ Alliance and CLASP hosted the Belonging at HBCUs for Black Immigrant Students webinar. The webinar featured the new report, Fostering Inclusion for Black Immigrant Students at HBCUs, which discusses the role HBCUs play in providing higher education opportunities for Black immigrant students, including undocumented Black students, and ensuring the viability and sustainability of HBCUs serving Black immigrant students. Continue Reading
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Ensuring Homeland Security through International Student Success

Ensuring Homeland Security through International Student Success The U.S. for Success Coalition, including the Presidents’ Alliance, has begun meeting with federal agencies to discuss ways to help make the U.S. a more welcoming destination for international students. The Coalition recently provided the Department of Homeland Security with a set of recommendations that address pressing issues such as lengthy and unpredictable processing times, duplicative and burdensome paperwork, and lack of inter- and intra-agency coordination. Read the recommendations here.     Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: Private Institutions Tool Launch

On Wednesday, November 1, the Presidents’ Alliance along with our partners, TheDream.US and Golden Door Scholars, hosted a webinar to launch our new Private Institutions Tool, which lives on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal. During the webinar, we previewed the new interactive tool that enables students, counselors, and campuses to compare college and university policies related to supporting undocumented students. Find out how your campus can join our database! Speakers Included: Hyein Lee, Director of Programs and Evaluation, TheDream.US Sam... Continue Reading
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Pathways to Protection for DACA Recipients: Unlocking Advance Parole

Pathways to Protection for DACA Recipients: Unlocking Advance Parole On November 8, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with FWD.us and TheDream.us to learn more about Advance Parole (AP) – what it is, how it works, the ways in which AP may unlock pathways to more permanent protections for DACA recipients, and the steps required to establish an AP program on your campus. Watch the Webinar: This webinar featured: Laura Enriquez, Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Students, University of California, Irvine José González... Continue Reading
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Private Institutions Tool Launch

On Wednesday, November 1st at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration will host a webinar on the recently launched Private Institution Tool on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal. This tool extends the Portal’s state policy tracking of admission and financial aid policies to track private institutions’ policies and support services. This event will feature an overview of the tool and a conversation with representatives from private institutions and organizations supporting undocumented students, followed by a... Continue Reading
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5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Latest DACA Decision

5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision on DACA In partnership with Informed Immigrant and FWD.us, the Presidents’ Alliance provided this list of ways that higher education institutions can support current DACA recipients and undocumented students/staff in the wake of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision on DACA.     Continue Reading
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Leveraging Advance Parole to Support DACA Recipients as DACA is Under Threat

Leveraging Advance Parole to Support DACA Recipients as DACA is Under Threat This resource provides a background and guidelines on how higher education institutions can expand opportunities for DACA recipients through advanced parole. Included in this resource are the following: Primer on Advanced Parole How Higher Ed institutions can educate staff that manage study abroad programs about advance parole. Ways Higher Ed institutions can provide legal resources and support to help DACA recipients apply for advance parole. Partnering with external... Continue Reading
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What You Need to Know: Parole Programs for Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela

We have updated our FAQ explainer about the parole programs for Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. This explainer provides information and education on who qualifies for parole through these programs, the benefits of having parole, who qualifies as a supporter to sponsor a parolee through these programs, and other questions regarding higher education, parole and border enforcement, and additional information. Background: On January 5, 2023, the Biden administration announced a suite of policy changes for Haitians, Cubans, and Nicaraguans seeking... Continue Reading
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Directory of Presidents’ Alliance Resources to Support Students of a Refugee Background

This page contains a list of all of the Presidents’ Alliance’s materials, including resources, advocacy tools, and best practices, to help institutions of higher education to support students of a refugee background. Student Outreach & Recruitment Offering Scholarships for Refugee Students Overseas Resources and Effective Practices for Refugee College Guidance Counseling Syrian Youth Empowerment: A College Access Program for Displaced Students Transfer Process for Undocumented and Refugee Students: Models and Considerations for 2 & 4 Year Institutions Kentucky Innovative Scholarship... Continue Reading
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Beyond DACA: Updated Checklists for Campuses to Support Dreamers and Other Undocumented Campus Members

Campus Checklists for Undocumented Students On October 5, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that DACA was illegal. However, since the Biden Administration’s new DACA regulation is to take effect on October 31, 2022, the Fifth Circuit stayed the results of its decision and sent the case back to the district court to rule on the legality of the new regulation. For current DACA recipients and DACA applicants, the status quo remains. For those who... Continue Reading
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Directory of Reconciliation Resources

This page contains an overview of all of our Reconciliation-related materials. We will continue to add resources as the reconciliation process evolves. Resources Policy Brief, Access to Higher Education for DACA, TPS, and DED Students in the Build Back Better Act of 2021, December 10, 2021 Policy Brief, CBO Scoring of Immigration Provisions in the Build Back Better Act, November 19, 2021 Vote Recommendation, Presidents’ Alliance Shares Vote Recommendation in Support of the Build Back Better Act, November 4, 2021... Continue Reading
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FAQ on Experiential and Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

The purpose of this document is to provide campuses and their legal counsel with information on developing nonemployment-based, funded experiential opportunities for undocumented students. This document sets forth legal considerations pertinent to experiential and funding opportunities that institutions may consider providing to undocumented students. The following questions also address common legal constraints for institutions and questions related to such opportunities. This document seeks to offer a framework for consideration of various approaches as institutions endeavor to increase access to funded... Continue Reading
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Directory of Afghanistan Advocacy and Resources

This page contains an overview of all of our Afghanistan-related materials. Due to the ongoing nature of this humanitarian crisis, we expect that our directory of resources will continue to grow. Advocacy Press Release Applauding Designation of TPS for Afghanistan Congressional Policy Brief on COMPETES and Afghan Adjustment Act Executive Action requests for Afghanistan Letter Urging Secretaries Blinken and Mayorkas to Protect Afghan Students, Scholars, Researchers, and their Families Template Letter for Institutions of Higher Education to Administration in Support... Continue Reading
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Educating for Action: How Your Students and Campus Can Advance Immigrant Justice

This one-hour webinar, Educating for Action: How Your Students and Campus Can Advance Immigrant Justice, presented concrete steps campuses can take to support immigrants and asylum seekers. With 1.2 million pending cases in immigration courts, there is a national shortage of advocates prepared to guide immigrants through this complex system. Students are eager to learn more about immigration and how they can direct their energies, passions, and talents to support immigrant justice. As hubs of knowledge, innovation, and social change... Continue Reading
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BRIEFING: Refugee Advocacy and Higher Education Access

  Earlier this month, the Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a convening with the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Rutgers Global on Refugee Advocacy and Higher Education Access. Participants discussed ways they can get involved as advocates for increasing educational opportunities for refugees living in and outside of the United States. View recorded video. View agenda and speaker list. Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: What’s Next?: The Future of DACA in Regards to Litigation, Executive Action & Legislation

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and TheDream.US hosted a briefing for members, partners, and advocates to provide information on the future of DACA. The briefing shared the latest updates on President Biden’s executive actions and legislative proposal relating to DACA and Dreamer students, as well as on the Fifth Circuit legal challenge that threatens the continued existence of DACA. Speakers discussed how we expect DACA to change under the Biden-Harris administration, the efforts to expand protections and... Continue Reading
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Directory of Major Immigration Developments and Recommendations During First 100 Days of Biden Administration

This page contains an overview of some of the key recommendations, proposals, and developments that occurred or were transmitted during the the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s administration. Recommendations and Proposals Comment in Response to USCIS’ Request for Information on Barriers to Benefits and Legalization (May 18, 2021) Will the U.S. State Department be Prepared to Welcome International Students in the United States (May 2021) Legislative Recommendations for Welcoming International Students: Policies to Grow the U.S. Economy and... Continue Reading
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Promise Programs: An Avenue to Expand College Affordability, Access, and Success for Undocumented Students

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, in partnership with Research for Action, published a fact sheet, Postsecondary Education and Undocumented Students, that examines how College Promise programs can help advance affordability, access, and success for undocumented students. The fact sheet demonstrates how Promise programs, which typically offer funding to cover at least tuition costs after all other gift aid is applied, are an underused avenue of support for undocumented students and could provide an affordable pathway to a... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Guide to Tuition, Financial Aid & Other Funding for Undocumented Students

The following resource provides an overview of in-state tuition, state financial aid, and other funding policies and opportunities at both public and private institutions for undocumented graduate and undergraduate students. This resource provides actions public and private colleges and universities can take to expand and grow higher education access and funding for undocumented students, especially if Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is ended by the Trump administration for a second time. Higher Ed Guide to Tuition, Financial Aid &... Continue Reading
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Higher Education Guide to Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

This resource provides guidelines and suggestions for higher education institutions who wish to establish and implement funding and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate undocumented students. The guide compares admissions and funding opportunities for undocumented students and DACA recipients, provides an overview of funding and financial aid options, and describes non-employee-based student funding opportunities. Higher Education Guide to Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students Continue Reading
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Directory of Presidents’ Alliance Resources to Support DACA recipients, Undocumented Students, Dream Legislation, and Institutions of Higher Education

This page contains a list of all of the Presidents’ Alliance’s materials, including resources, advocacy tools, and best practices, to help institutions of higher education to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, undocumented students, and other Dreamers. Campus Resources & Effective Practices Register for the 2024 SUCCESS Convening (March 2024) 5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision on DACA (September 2023) Leveraging Advance Parole to Support DACA Recipients as DACA... Continue Reading
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FAQs for Campuses on Immigration Enforcement and Site Visits

The purpose of this set of FAQs is to address questions that arose with regard to the obligations of institutions in the case of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids (known as “enforcement operations”) or site visits, and how campuses can protect members of the campus community. Download the FAQ. Continue Reading
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Campus Checklist to Prepare for Court Decisions on DACA

On December 4, 2020, a federal district court ruled in Batalla v. Trump that the Trump administration must restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to its original terms. The court’s decision rescinds the most recent memorandum that severely limited and undermined DACA, effectively restoring the terms and eligibility of the original 2012 DACA memo. Though the court’s decision is positive news, there is another court case by state’s attorney generals in the Southern District of Texas that threatens the... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students

This recorded webinar is geared for students and alumni who may not have DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for those who do hold these statuses but worry that it might end. No matter what comes, there are options! On campus, you may be eligible for research, learning or teaching fellowships that are not employment-based or scholarships providing funding for your education and living expenses. And, beyond campus, undocumented people without DACA or TPS can pursue careers and incomes,... Continue Reading
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An Undocumented Student Guide To College in Michigan

In the summer of 2019, a coalition of education and immigration organizations in Michigan released an updated guide for undocumented students seeking to attend college. Since summer 2018, the group has hosted two large meetings to discuss advancing resources and centralizing support services and information for the undocumented population in the state. One of the updated resources is the Undocumented Student Guide to College in Michigan. This guide is geared towards undocumented students and their families, with a focus on preparing... Continue Reading
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FAQ: Non-Employment-Based Educational Funding Opportunities

This FAQ details the process of establishing fellowships and grants available to all students, regardless of immigration status, at higher education institutions. Download the documentation. Continue Reading
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FAQ: Higher Education Access and Undocumented Students

This FAQ provides an overview of differences in enrollment procedure for “international students” and undocumented students, and ways for administrators to be sensitive to undocumented student’s needs. FAQs on Higher Education Access and Undocumented Students Continue Reading
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FAQ: Employment Practices Regarding DACA Beneficiaries (For Higher Ed Institutions)

This FAQ provides information on Employment Authorization Documents and I-9s that enable non-citizen students, including those with DACA and F1 visas, to work. FAQs on Employment Authorization Continue Reading