Undocumented Students

Are you looking for support services for undocumented students?

You have come to the right place!

The Office of International Students and Scholars offers:

  • One-on-one confidential advisor meetings
  • Orientation
  • Academic support
  • Legal referrals
  • Referrals to other offices such as Wellbeing, Student Success Initiatives and Financial Aid
  • Webinars with immigration attorneys on knowing rights and updates on current legislation

To schedule a meeting

Jenny Brydon, Sr. Manager for International Advising and Programs, serves as the main advisor for undocumented students. To set up an appointment, call 713-348-6095 or visit https://oiss.rice.edu/appointment.

Government Updates

Update on 07/16/2021: U.S. judge blocks new DACA applicants – Read Washington Post article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/daca-court-decision/2021/07/16/6c9a35be-e677-11eb-a41e-c8442c213fa8_story.html

Update on 05/11/2021: U.S. Department of Education Makes International and Undocumented Students Eligible for Pandemic Relief Funds, Reversing Trump-Era Policy. Undocumented and international students will be now eligible to receive pandemic relief funds, after Education Secretary Miguel Cardona lifted a ban imposed by his predecessor. Visit NAFSA's website for additional details: https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/education-department-updates-heerf-faqs.

Update on 02/01/2021: DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites – Read statement: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHS/bulletins/2be2f78

DACA Update on 01/20/2021: Executive Order - Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – Read White House Memorandum: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/preserving-and-fortifying-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca/

TPS Update on 12/10/2020: Automatic Extension of Work Permits for TPS Holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal – Read post from Foster: https://www.fosterglobal.com/blog/automatic-extension-of-work-permits-for-tps-holders-from-el-salvador-haiti-nicaragua-sudan-honduras-and-nepal/

DACA Update on 12/04/2020: Federal judge restores DACA, orders DHS to accept first-time applications from immigrants – Read on Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/daca-restored-dreamers/2020/12/04/37254908-367a-11eb-8d38-6aea1adb3839_story.html

DACA Update on 11/14/2020: Federal judge rules acting DHS head Chad Wolf unlawfully appointed, invalidates DACA suspension – Read in NBC News: https://apple.news/AapxdNFwuQsO_9MmDf6DDuw

DACA Update on 06/18/2020: Supreme Court decision on DACA – https://www.fosterglobal.com/blog/supreme-court-leaves-daca-in-place-for-now/

Additional Support and Information

For more on Rice’s commitment to undocumented students and resources, please visit https://daca.rice.edu/.

Career Development Resources for DACA and Undocumented Students: https://ccd.rice.edu/daca-undocumented