In accordance with legislation by the Undergraduate Senate, the American University Student Government is pleased to provide an information portal for undocumented students and undocumented prospective students. Information on this page is taken in part from NYU and Georgetown.  AUSG will continue to update this page as we get more information from American University's administration regarding DACA and other programs and funding. 

For President Kerwin's February 10, 2017 statement of support for undocumented students, click here.

For American University's limited information for undocumented students regarding financial aid & admission, click here.

For information for undocumented students who are considering transferring to American University, click here.

For guide from the Chicago Public Schools on how to apply to college and for financial aid and scholarships as an undocumented student, click here.

Undocumented students are eligible for all merit aid offered through the American University admissions process, including the scholarships every incoming student is considered for automatically, ranging from $6,000 to $20,000.  Also, additional scholarship funds are offered to students, including those who are undocumented, who qualify for admission to the University Honors Program (an additional $10,000) and the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program (full tuition, room, and board). Separate applications are required for these programs.  

Analysis of Recent Executive Orders

For analysis of the recent Executive Orders (full text postings of the orders themselves will be available here), please visit these resources:

American Immigration Lawyers Association Summary and Analysis of the Muslim/Refugee Ban Executive Order

Penn State/Muslim Advocates Advisory of the Muslim/Refugee Ban

Muslim Advocates Advisory on the Muslim Ban

National Immigrant Justice Center's Annotated Version of the Border Enforcement Executive Order

National Immigrant Justice Center's Annotated Version of the Interior Enforcement Executive Order

 

For legal help through AU: 202-885-3350 or isss@american.edu


Hotlines

Hate Crimes/Bias Hotlines

  • DC Hate/Bias Crime Hotline – Students/residents who have experienced a bias or hate crime are encouraged to call the Metropolitan Police Department's hate crime coordinator at (202) 727-0500.

Immigration Legal Referral Hotlines

  • Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition

    CAIR Coalition brings together community groups, pro bono attorneys, volunteers and immigrants from the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland working to ensure that all immigrants are treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their human and civil rights.

    202-899-1415
  • Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-DC)

    The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is a community based organization that seeks to foster the comprehensive development of the Latino community in the Washington metropolitan region. CARECEN was founded in 1981 to protect the rights of refugees arriving from conflict in Central America and to help ease their transition by providing legal services. Today our programs provide direct services in immigration, housing and citizenship while also promoting empowerment, civil rights advocacy and civic training for Latinos. 

    202-328-9799

Interactive Online Resources

  • Immi – a free online screening tool that provides legal information and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations (by Immigration Advocates Network and Probono.net)
  • MigraMap – an online form for reporting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Raids

Know Your Rights Resources and Written Guides


Post-Election Updates and Advisories


Resources for Children/Youth

Asylum for Children/Youth

  • Asylum for Children (by the National Immigrant Justice Center – A Heartland Alliance Program)
  • Asylum and Related Relief – Chapter 5 of Representing Unaccompanied Children: Training Manual for KIND Pro Bono Attorneys (by KIND: Kids in Need of Defense)
  • Children’s Asylum Guidelines (by the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at UC Hastings)
  • What is Asylum?  Including case law, country conditions and training materials (by the Safe Passage Project)

Deferred Action for Childhoon Arrivals (DACA)

LGBTQ Youth

Schools/Adults Working with Kids

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)


Resources for Muslim Immigrant Communities

Harassment and Threats

Law Enforcement Surveillance of Muslim Communities

NSEERS “Special Registration”

Other Resources for Muslim Communities


Resources for Noncitizens in Removal Proceedings Without Legal Representation (Pro Se Guides and Materials)


Resources for Student and Employment Visas

  • Basic Guidelines: Student and Exchange Visitor Program Employment – information about on-campus and off-campus employment for foreign students (by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
  • Permanent Workers – information about the various types of employment-based immigrant visa categories (by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
  • School Search Map – use this tool to find Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools and programs eligible to enroll F-1 and M-1 students in the United States (by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
  • STEM-Designated Degree Program List – last updated in 2012 (by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
  • STEM OPT – for rules and regulations for the optional practical training (OPT) extension for F-1 students with science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees. Includes a tutorial on how to complete form I-983 (by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Other Resources

Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center

Casa Ruby is the only Bilingual Multicultural LGBT Organization providing life saving services and programs to the most vulnerable in the LGBT community. The mission is to create success life stories among Transgender, Gender Queer  and Gender Non-conforming Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual people. 

202-355-5155