Immigration Resources

In light of recent executive orders on immigration and the memo formally rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, this page has been developed as a resource for relevant immigration information and updates. The Cooper Union stands firmly committed to every member of our community, regardless of immigration status or citizenship. As these policies develop and change, we will work to communicate with you and provide updated resources on this page. Please know that regardless of how situations develop, Cooper stands with all of our community members.

Any students impacted by the recent changes in immigration policy either directly or indirectly are encouraged to reach out to Makeda King-Smith, Director of International Student Advisement. Faculty and staff should contact Natalie Brooks with questions or concerns related to immigration status. Students are also reminded that all services provided through the Office of Student Affairs are available to all students regardless of immigration or citizenship status. Questions about how to connect with Student Affairs resources should be directed to the Dean of Students.

Please note that The Cooper Union is not endorsing any organization or service, nor are we responsible for the content of websites that we link to that are not controlled by Cooper.

Recent Immigration Updates:

October 8th, 2017: Temporary suspension of visa processing for Turkey

October 5th, 2017: Deadline to submit DACA renewal requests

September 24th, 2017: Presidential Proclamation, Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats, which includes a 2 phase implementation.

September 18th, 2017: TPS for Sudan to End November 2018

September 18th, 2017: TPS for South Sudan Extended for 18 Months 

September 5th, 2017: Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

June 29th, 2017: Partial Reinstatement of 90-day Travel Ban

June 15th, 2017: Rescission of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA)

March 15th, 2017: Temporary Restraining Order Preventing Implementation of Executive Order 13780

March 6th, 2017: Executive Order 13780: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States revokes and replaces Executive Order 13769. Impacts nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen traveling in and out of the U.S. and refugee policies.

January 29th, 2017: Executive Order 13769: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. Impacted nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen and refugee policy.

For a more in-depth list of litigation updates regarding immigration, please visit, NAFSA's EO Update Page or Department of Homeland Security's News and Updates Page

Immigration Policy In the News

Collateral Youth: The Impact of Anti-Immigrant Policy on Children

If DACA Ends, Here’s What the Program’s Recipients Need to Know About Their Rights

On DACA, President Trump Has No Easy Path

Some Young Immigrants are Considering Seeking their American Dreams Elsewhere

Know Your Rights

It is important that you fully understand your rights if you are ever stopped or questioned by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). Here are a few resources that will help you navigate any encounters that you might have with ICE.

ACLU, Know Your Rights

Informed Immigrant, Know Your Rights Guide

What DACA Recipients Need to Know About Their Rights

Prospective & Current Cooper Students:

Applying to Cooper

Cooper Union is committed to providing a working, learning, and living environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members. Cooper invites all qualified students to apply without regard to their citizenship or immigration status. Please note that our admissions process is need-blind, meaning that we do not take demonstrated financial need into consideration when making an admissions decision. For additional information about application requirements, procedures, and deadlines, please visitor our Admissions page.

Financial Aid

A student’s financial aid eligibility will remain unchanged based on the recent immigration policy changes. You can review our Financial Aid page for detailed information on our tuition, fees, and financial aid.

Employment On and Off-Campus

Students with DACA and a valid EAD are eligible to work on and off-campus. All employment must cease once the EAD expires.

Proof of Immigration Status

It is advisable to carry a copy of your current immigration status (if applicable) with you in case you are stopped by law enforcement or ICE.


If you are a national of one of the countries currently effected by the travel ban (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen), please consult with Cooper before travelling.  Beginning on October 18th, nationals of Chad, North Korea, Venezuela are also included in the travel ban.  Please note that are exceptions and waivers listed in the Presidential Proclamation.  Students with questions should connect with Makeda King-Smith in International Student Advisement. Faculty and staff with questions should contact Natalie Brooks.

If you currently have advanced parole based on your DACA status and are in the U.S., you should consult with an immigration attorney before any travel outside of the U.S. If you have advanced parole based on your DACA status and you are outside of the U.S., it’s best to return as soon as possible.

Legal Assistance

Local and National Support Organizations

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