Immigrant and Undocumented Student Support

BMCC is available to assist students who need support and resources to address matters related to immigration. The college provides information about relevant institutional policies, legislation and executive orders, that affects an array of undocumented students, including but not limited to those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Asylum Seekers and students out of any immigration status.

10 Years of DACA

The BMCC Immigrant Student Success team celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order on June 15, 2022. This Obama era policy has made it possible for over six hundred thousand undocumented individuals to be legally employed, study and pursue their career aspirations without fear of deportation. DACA was rescinded in 2017 by the Trump administrations but overturned in 2020 by the Supreme Court because termination was arbitrary and capricious. On July 16, 2021 A federal court decided DACA was unlawful because President Obama exceeded his authority when creating this executive action. DACA continues to exist, but no new applications are reviewed since the court order. Reflecting on the 10 years of this transformative policy of great promise it’s time to build on the successes of DACA to provide a permanent way for DACA students AND undocumented immigrant students to fully participate in the country they call home. 

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a designation made by the Secretary of Homeland Security due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely.  Students and their family members’ TPS designation and employment authorization remain valid until the expiration date listed on their employment authorization cards. See TPS updates.

CUNY Citizenship NOW! Partnership with BMCC

In our effort to ensure that we continue to bring you services that help you succeed, we have some great news! CUNY Citizenship NOW! has partnered with BMCC to bring immigration services to you.

Beginning in October, attorneys will be available every fourth Wednesday of each month, to consult with you on immigration issues, assisting with:

  • Naturalization Applications
  • TPS and DACA Applications
  • Advice on other immigration issues

All consultations are by appointment only. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity by contacting the Advocacy and Resource Center (formerly Single Stop) to set up an appointment. They are in Room S-230, at 199 Chambers Street, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call (212) 220-8195 for more information.

DACA Update Restores Policies

Several cases have altered the status of the DACA Program over the past few years. The most recent court order  (12/7/20) has restored DACA to the policies in effect prior to September 5, 2017.

What does this mean?

  • You may renew your DACA if it has expired.
  • You may be able to apply for advance parole for international travel
  • Current one-year DACA and Employment Authorization Documents will be extended to two years.

Why should I act now?
Other cases are making their way through the courts and it is possible that this decision could be reversed. We encourage interested students to review our Outside Resources page to connect with qualified immigration experts for guidance on eligibility and application support for DACA and advance parole.

For more information, see CUNY Citizenship Now and Informed Immigrant.