Final Rule on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Released

On August 24, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security released a final rule on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which preserves and fortifies the existing DACA program with minor changes. The name, eligibility criteria, application process, and cost remain the same as the current DACA program. However, due to the July 2021 Fifth […]

Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of DACA

On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama signed an executive memorandum that announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This administrative relief protects eligible immigrants who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives recipients: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. In the 10 years […]

Application is Now Open for the 2022-23 HOPE Scholarship

The application is now open for the 2022-23 HOPE Scholarship. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in the Fall 2022 and/or Spring 2023 semesters are invited to apply.  The deadline for application is April 15, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. To receive full consideration, complete the HOPE application by the deadline date. 2022-23 HOPE […]

The Helping Other’s Personal Excellence (HOPE) Scholarship Application for Spring 2022

The Helping Others’ Personal Excellence (H.O.P.E.) Scholarship provides funds for students who demonstrate financial need yet do not otherwise qualify for financial aid. Illinois Student Government and I-CAUSE created and implemented this scholarship in 2020. This scholarship fund—a commitment by students, for students— is intended to help alleviate some of the burden that comes with […]

News Bureau: Can Biden Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

Associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic, Lauren R. Aronson, recently spoke with the University of Illinois News Bureau about the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a long-promised immigration reform bill sent to Congress by the Biden administration. She reflects on the significance of the bill, the next steps […]

DACA Fully Restored to Its Original Terms by Federal Judge

In his decision on December 4, 2020, US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis concluded that the Acting Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was not lawfully appointed, and thus, the most recent DHS memorandum that had limited DACA was not lawful. Due to this decision, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must restore […]

ISSS Follow-Up on July 6 DHS/SEVP Broadcast

ISSS has provided a update to international students with F-1 status regarding the July “Broadcast Message” from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Guidance provided by DHS varies by the model that institutions have selected for fall instruction. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will offer a blend […]

Prof Lauren Aronson on where the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program stands

Following the recent United States Supreme Court decision about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lauren R. Aronson, recently spoke with the News Bureau about what’s next for DACA participants and immigration reform. News Bureau: Where does the Deferred Action for […]