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Immigration Resources for the NLU Community

Office of Student Experience
Chicago Campus
suite 6003
888.658.8632 x3568

Brisbane Rouzan
University Ombudsman
Chicago Campus

National Louis University is committed to supporting our immigrant students, faculty and staff. Should you have questions or need support please check out the resources below for local and state support services. In addition, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Student Experience or to the University Ombudsman for support.

UPDATE: 3-20-2017

Dear NLU Community,

In the midst of continued uncertainty in our communities and our world, it is even more crucial for NLU to remain vigilant toward our noble mission of educating and empowering our students to better their lives, the lives of their families and the communities in which they live and work. I'm writing this message with respect to protecting the rights of our immigrant and undocumented students, so they continue to have a safe and productive environment in which to study and focus on their future successes. I encourage every member of our community to consider ways you can personally offer support and encouragement to these students who may be experiencing fear, anxiety, uncertainty or a sense of disenfranchisement.

The University will continue to honor its commitments to all current and future Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) undergraduate and graduate students. People from all backgrounds and nations are welcome at National Louis. Accordingly, we are taking the following positions within the law to support our undocumented students during these uncertain times.

  • We will not permit federal officials on campus to gather information about immigrants in our community absent a subpoena or similar legal order.
  • Our staff and faculty do not and will not ask about the immigration status of members of the NLU community, nor voluntarily share such information with law enforcement.
  • We will vigorously uphold the privacy protections granted to our students by federal law.
  • The University is committed to continuous monitoring of the implications of the executive order and will reach out to those directly affected.

While federal agencies work to find a common understanding of the executive order, we strongly urge students and faculty from the countries affected to defer travel outside the United States. We also encourage students to consider the University resources that are available.

  • International students who are attending NLU on an F1 visa should be in contact with Brisbane Rouzan to ensure compliance with all visa requirements. For appointments, students can contact
  • Counseling Services are available to support students more personally as they balance the stress that such uncertainty brings. For fee counseling appointments, students can contact
  • Using Protect Yourself from Immigration Raids as a recommended resource distributed by the American Friends Service Committee.
  • Additional resources will be made available in the coming weeks, including a website for centralized resources, communication updates, faculty and staff training, and a collection of legal aid and pro bono resources. Stay tuned for an announcement updating the community on our progress.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these issues. I’m continuously encouraged by the humanity and hope that each and every one of us can offer during these uncertain times. It’s this community spirit that embodies National Louis and sets the foundation that so many of our students need more than ever before.

Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.

  • NO Warrant, NO Access
  • You do NOT have to answer the door. You have the right to ask the agent (through the closed door) if he has a warrant. If the agent says he has a warrant, ask him to slide it under you door or show it through a window.
  • Check if the warrant: (i) is signed by a judge or supervisor; (ii) has your name on it, and (iii) has a recent date.
  • Remain Silent - You have the right to remain silent! You can show your 'Know Your Rights' card. Remain calm!
  • Don't Sign - Do NOT sign any documents. Tell the agents you won't sign anything until you talk with a lawyer.
  • Write down information - If agents force their way in your home: take down their names, agent numbers, and license plate numbers of their vehicles.
  • If you are detained - Don't sign any documents without legal counsel. You have the right to make a call. Call a family member or lawyer to tell them where you are located. You will not have access to your cellphone, memorize important phone numbers.
  • Prepare an Emergency Plan - Always carry with you your 'Know Your Rights' Card. Carefully choose a responsible adult that can take care of your children and help you during an emergency. Keep all your important documents in a safe and secure place.
  • Report it! - Call the Family Support Hotline! In order to organize and take effective action, we need our community to report these incidents. Your information will be kept confidential.
  • Obtain Educational Materials to know your rights through The Resurrection Project or call 312-666-3062
  • Legal Help – The Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center provides free legal consultation and representation to immigrants. Call them at 312-660-1370
  • Obtain a Municipal ID even if you are not a citizen by going into the City Clerk's Office.
  • Mental Healthcare
    • Visit in order to receive support through a partnership between the City of Chicago and the Lurie Children's Hospital
    • If you are looking for direct services for children or adolescents, please contact the Illinois Screening, Assessment and Support Services Program at 1-800-345-9049
    • The Chicago Department of Public Health provides mental health services for adults at locations across the city. Clinicians speak Spanish and English, with translation services available in other languages. To schedule an appointment, please call 312-744-1906.
  • Connect with the Florida Immigration Coalition for resources. In addition their site houses information about how to get involved in the coalition working towards immigration reform
  • Visit the Immigration Advocates Network for information on nonprofit resources, pro bono attorney listings and other immigration resources.
  • Catholic Charities across the nation offer immigration services to their local towns. Look up your local Catholic Charity in order to access their support and resources.
  • The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is another national resources that advocates on behalf of immigrants and provides support to those in need.

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