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Immigration Resources

Resources for Faculty, Staff and Students Not on Visas Issued by MassArt* Including DACA and Undocumented Students

MassArt is committed to providing our community members with a safe and supportive environment. We have developed a strong partnership between various offices, such as Admissions, the International Education Center, Student Development, Counseling and Wellness, the Office of Justice, Equity, and Transformation, and the Academic Resource Center, to provide both internal support and external resources.


Admissions for Non-U.S. Citizens

MassArt is dedicated to welcoming all students without discrimination, and strongly encourages all students  to apply to MassArt. Applicants applying to MassArt should also apply for FAFSA. When applying, please follow appropriate instructions regarding citizenship and residency in order to qualify for the proper tuition rate if admitted.

For specific situations, students are encouraged to make their own decisions based on the particulars of their personal status and we always recommend consulting an immigration attorney (Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service). Please visit the Information and Resources section below for more information and an extensive resource list, including links and resources for DACA and undocumented students.

For students not yet admitted to MassArt, please visit Admissions for more information.


travel for non-u.s. Citizens

Travel for DACA, TPS, Asylees, undocumented and non-U.S. passport holders (those with a visa other than an F-1 or J-1 that is sponsored by MassArt) should consult their visa sponsor and/or consult an immigration attorney before any departure from the U.S. Please the Information and Resources section below for more information.

MassArt’s F-1 international students should consult Travel In and Out of the U.S.


information and resources

Students, faculty and staff within the MassArt community have posed questions and expressed concerns about recent and past executive actions or news items. With this webpage, we are attempting to provide as many resources as possible.

Please note that the contact information for organizations, companies and individuals below is provided solely as a resource and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by Massachusetts College of Art and Design. We will update this list as necessary; please check back often.

For a consolidated list of the executive actions regarding immigration, including the Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States, please visit this helpful resource page.

  • Immigrant Advancement Office: Their mission is to strengthen the ability of immigrants and Boston’s diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the economic, civic, social, and cultural life of our great City. They also work to promote the commemoration and public understanding of the contributions of immigrants to Boston.
  • Immigration Consultations with Volunteer Attorneys: Clinics on the first and third Wednesday of every month; first-come, first-served.

Attorney General Hotline: If you experience bias-motivated threats, harassment, or violence, please read the following article, and call 1.800.994.3228, or file a report.

Boston Police or the local police department of the town or city the incident takes place in should be notified immediately (911) if you are in any danger or threat of danger. Please also report any incidents to Public Safety, in person on the 2nd floor of Tower or by phone at 617.879.7810 (non-emergency) or 617.879.8700 (emergency) should it happen on or near the MassArt campus.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association: Resource for immigration questions and national directory of immigration attorneys
  • NAFSA: National association of International Educators. Active information sharing and advocacy. Linked page gives a summary of Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change
  • American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that works in the nation’s courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center: The mission of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people
  • Muslim Advocates: Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths
  • National Immigrant Justice Center: The NIJC is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • National Immigration Law Center: The NILC is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants
  • National Iranian American Council: The National Iranian American Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the voice of Iranian Americans and promoting greater understanding between the American and Iranian people

Questions? We encourage you to contact

Erica Puccio O’Brien, Director
International Education Center
Student Development, Kennedy 2nd Floor
erica.puccio@massart.edu • 617.879.7716

The information included here provides general resources for MassArt faculty, staff, and students. International students on a legal MassArt-issued visa document for F-1or J-1 status should contact the International Education Center.