Undocumented Student Resources (DACA)

Note from the Dean of Students

Dear NDNU Community,

Our campus community here at Notre Dame de Namur University is one of the most cherished and special parts about our institution. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and our Hallmarks encourage us all to embrace diversity and dignity of all members of our community. The NDNU community is made up of so many special people that without each of you our community would not be so robust.


As the Dean of Students I am writing to share resources to our community. There has been a lot said about immigration statuses and I want to try to provide some helpful resources. The list is not comprehensive but it is a start to try to provide helpful direction for anyone who may need assistance.


I am here to help support and direct the NDNU community. If you would like to meet personally and connect please contact me at masmith@ndnu.edu. For international students concerned about the status of their student visas, please consult our International Students Office. Our Office of Counseling Services and Office of Spirituality are also available to provide assistance and connect with our community.

All are welcome here at NDNU and your presence helps to shape the fabric of community.

Marsh-Allen Smith, Ed.D.
Dean of Students

DACA Renewal Fund

Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is providing $1,000,000 in scholarships to over 2,000 undocumented youth to pay DACA renewals by October 5 deadline. Between now and the October 5 deadline, MAF will provide 2,000 undocumented youth with scholarships of $495 to renew their DACA permit.

Apply for DACA Scholarship Here

DACA recipients with a permit expiring between now and March 5 are eligible to receive the scholarships. Scholarship is available nationwide.


  • Complete the online application
    • Fill out a quick questionnaire.
    •  EAD card (work permit) must be provided
    • MAF will process scholarship application the same day.
    • MAF will provide a $495 check made out to the Department of Homeland Security 
    • Checks will be mailed overnight to the applicant

Immigration Resources

African Advocacy Network (AAN) The AAN focuses exclusively on serving African and Afro-Caribbean immigrants and offers legal services, case management, and social integration services based on a unique Cultural Brokering model. The program also provides policy-related education in its target communities.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. The ACLU has created “Know Your Rights” as an easy-to-use resource so you can have your rights at your fingertips.

Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)Pro-bono & low-bono immigration legal services for low and moderate income Arab and Muslim immigrants in the SF Bay Area. AROC’s clinic hours are on Fridays from 10:30AM-4:00PM by appointment only. Please call (415) 861-7444 or email nuha@araborganizing.org to schedule an appointment.


 Legal representation
Case processing
In-person counseling
Family-based visa petitions (I-130)
Adjustment status applications (I-485)
Naturalization applications  (N-400)
FOIA requests
Asylum Applications (I-589)
Immigration court representation
Deportation defense

Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Asian Law Caucus – Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus is committed to an immigration system that keeps families together and does not determine a person’s value by their immigration status or whether they have been incarcerated. Recognizing that incarceration, immigration detention, and deportation separates families, we focus our legal services on the most vulnerable in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community — immigrants facing deportation due to criminal convictions. The hundreds of clients we serve each year enables us to quickly identify emerging problem areas and to respond effectively through impact litigation, community education, and advocacy.


Location: Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, 55 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Time: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 pm
Contact: (415) 896-1701 (clinic is by appointment only)
We provide free legal consultations for low-income San Francisco residents, and low-income residents of any county who are facing deportation. Please bring proof of your income and any documents related to your questions.

Asian Pacific Islander and Legal Outreach There mission is to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal representation, social services, and advocacy for the most marginalized segments of the community including low-income women, seniors, recent immigrants, and youth. Our diverse staff provides holistic legal, social, and educational services in more than a dozen languages including Cantonese, Chiu-Chow, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.

California Community College Chancellor’s Office Resources – Resources for Dream students. The following information is intended to help students and colleges in the time of uncertainty about immigration policies related to the administration in Washington D.C.

Central American Resource Center CARECEN’s Mission is to promote, promote community stability and wellness to empower Latino immigrants to affect long term change. CARECEN has four key programs: Legal, Second Chance Tattoo Removal, Family Wellness Program, and Promotoras.  Within these programs we have case managed, violence prevention, social services, referrals, language access, deportation defense and health wellness.  We are involved in national and transnational work identifying root causes of migration and advocacy.

Chinese for Affirmative Action – Advocates for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial injustice.

DREAMer’s Roadmap – Dreamers Roadmap is a national non profit app that helps undocumented students find scholarships to go to college. For years undocumented students have struggled more than permanent residents or citizen students in everyday situations. But when senior year of high school comes around it becomes one of the hardest years for an undocumented student. This is the year when most students find out that they don’t qualify for FAFSA and the majority of scholarships. First because they don’t have a social security number and second because they are not “legal” permanent residents or citizens of the United States. Many students by this point are discouraged and don’t believe that going to college is a possibility. That is why we are very proud to provide the Dreamers Roadmap App for students across the country. Our tool will equip DREAMers to realize their full potential and path to college.

Dolores Street Community Center (SF) – Dolores Street Community Services nurtures individual wellness and cultivates collective power among low-income and immigrant communities to create a more just society. They offer information on immigrant rights.

The DSCC’s Deportation Defense & Legal Advocacy Program began as a response to immigration enforcement raids taking place in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2008. Since then, the program has grown to provide deportation defense in complex cases, as well as other  immigrant legal services, while advocating to change the systems which our tearing our community apart.

East Bay Community Law Center – Immigration Program provides a full-range of free legal services to low-income immigrants on a wide range of immigration issues with a focus on the most vulnerable populations.

2921 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703
Email: webinquiry@ebclc.org
Phone: (510) 548-4040

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) – They provide transformative legal services that enable diverse communities in East Palo Alto and beyond to achieve a secure and thriving future. The officer assistance in economic advancement, housing, and immigration services.

Educators for Fair Consideration – They provide life-changing financial support that enables undocumented young people to overcome systemic barriers. An NDNU alumnus works here.

Community Initiatives
354 Pine Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104

• E4FC offers lots of resources especially about Post Election Updates, Careers and Educational Guides, Legal Services, and Arts and Creativity. Please check out their resources guide .

Legal Services – It’s free to use the form and you don’t have to disclose your identity. They won’t tell anyone else about your situation and you will receive personalized information. If you have questions about this service or require immediate attention, please email E4FC’s Legal Services Team, at mailto:legalservices@e4fc.org.

Scholarship Services– E4FC’s New American Scholars Program provides financial awards to low-income immigrant college and graduate students who live and/or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $7,000 to cover tuition and other expenses. Scholars are selected for their academic excellence, financial need, and community impact; they are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA (2.8 for college students and 3.0 for graduate students), and participate in ongoing E4FC programming, events, and activities throughout the year.

Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) – A collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication, collaboration, and services among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools. Click the link for a directory of legal services in your neighborhood. 

Immigration Legal Resource Center – Community Advisory. What do I need to know about the end of DACA? 

International Institute of the Bay Area – IIBA is a nonprofit providing immigration legal services. They offer such services as Citizenship Services, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Services, Family Reunification Services, and Humanitarian Services. They offer insight and encourage people to Know Your Rights and offer a list of frequently asked questions . An NDNU alumnus works here.

IIBA Redwood City Office Address
International Institute of the Bay Area
2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
Office Phone: 650-780-7530
Office Fax: 650-556-1645
Office Email: redwoodcity@iibayarea.org

General Immigration Consultations (drop-in) ($30). Drop in Consultations are offered on a first come, first served basis every Monday (except holidays) from 9:00am to 11:45am (registration begins at 8:00am) and from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (registration begins at 11:45am). The consultation fee is $30. Clients are screened for eligibility for various types of immigration benefits, clients with viable cases will be taken on in-house or referred out based on demand and availability.

La Raza Centro Legal –LRCL is a multicultural community social justice center based in the Mission District of San Francisco. Immigration Law continues to be a primary focus of our work. The Workers’ Rights Program was created in 1991 and the Senior Law program began in 1998. In November 2014, we were pleased to be able to reinstate our Housing Law Program.

LawHelpCA.org – This is not a direct services agency, and does not provide direct legal assistance. To find an attorney to help you, please use www.LawHelpCA.org to find a reputable Legal Aid Agency or a State Bar-certified Lawyer Referral Service.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) – MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

Immigrants’ Rights FAQs under a Trump Presidency – This report is available in both Spanish and English.

•  Scholarship Resources– The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status.

MUJERES UNIDAS Y ACTIVASMUA ensures that Latina immigrant women and their families are able to access high quality legal services for immigration related issues as well as domestic violence and family law cases.

One Justice– One Justice brings life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the legal aid system.

Immigration Pro Bono Response Network – OneJustice was honored to serve as the national point of contact and provide operational and pro bono management support to the coalitions of legal services, immigration, and civil rights nonprofits that worked together to staff the legal clinics at LAX, SFO, SJC and Oakland in response to the executive order and travel bans.

San Francisco Community ICE Raid Hotline – This is a community-based rapid response network through SFILEN-San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network and SFILDC-San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative.

                 • Call: 415-200-1548 in case of ICE activity. They have language support in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, legal defense and community volunteers ready to show up and support.

San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network – SFILEN is a unique collaboration of legal and service organizations dedicated to aiding the immigrant community in San Francisco.

United We Dream– Is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.