Undocumented Student Support

Student Consultations: Undocumented students looking for support through the Harvard Foundation can set up an appointment with Matias Ramos, Associate Director of the Harvard Foundation. Matias is an experienced advocate for immigrant youth and undocumented students, and is equipped to help students navigate difficult conversations, explore professional opportunities, and access resources on and off campus. 

Undocumented Students Working Group: The Harvard Foundation convenes the undocumented students working group at Harvard College which includes representatives from the Dean of Students Office, Harvard Representation Initiative, Harvard International Office, Officer of Career Services, Office of Residential Life, and others. 

Legal Resources

With support from the Office of the President, the Harvard Representation Initiative (HRI) provides pro bono legal counsel and representation on immigration matters for all members of the Harvard University community.We strongly recommend that all undocumented and DACAmented students at Harvard set up an individual consultation with HRI, as every case is different  We also recommend consultations for students who have other immigration statuses, such as TPS, or who may fear returning to their home countries. HRI is based at Harvard Law School's Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, and located in Wasserstein Hall (6 Everett St., Suite 3130, Cambridge, MA 02138). 

HRI additionally offers social work support to all clients as part of their legal representation. The social work team can offer support with a variety of concerns, such as stress management, health insurance problems, financial concerns, or food and housing challenges. It is a safe place to discuss feelings of fear or hopelessness about your future immigration status and explore options for emotional support. HRI may also be able to provide counsel to students from mixed status families.

Contacts:

  • Email Harvard Representation Initiative
  • Email Jason Corral, Senios Staff Attorney
  • Email Mariam Liberles, Senior Staff Attorney
  • Email Alma Martinez Ramirez, Paralegal
  • Email Liala Buoniconti, social worker
  • Intake Line / Office Phone: 617-495-6648. If you would like to schedule an intake, or if you have questions/concerns that are not time-sensitive, please call to arrange an appointment. 
  • Emergency Hotline: 857-242-6755. Calls to the hotline will be directed to the on‐call attorney, who can provide legal counsel and other assistance on time-sensitive matters.

If you are an international student at Harvard looking for advice and assistance on matters related to visas, immigration, etc., we recommend you reach out to the Harvard International Office.

Other resources

Harvard College Act on a Dream (student organization)

Counseling and Mental Health Care, Harvard University Health Services

Immigration Initiative at Harvard 

 

External resources and FAQs:

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Frequently Asked Questions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Rights: What to Do If You’re Stopped By Law Enforcement

National Immigration Law Center, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Everyone Has Basic Rights No Matter Who is President

United We Dream, Scholarships for Undocumented Students and DACA Recipients

Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, DACA Update: What You Need to Know (October 2022)

Higher Ed Immigration Portal, Beyond DACA: A Directory of Resources for Undocumented Students & Individuals

The Immigrant Learning Center, Resources for Undocumented and DACA Students

UCLA Labor Center and Dream Resource Center, 2023 Dream Summer National Fellowship