Immigration Help


GLAO offers consultations with an immigration attorney for international and undocumented students during the spring and fall semesters. Due to the unique nature of these cases, immigration issues can be addressed ONLY during these appointments as our staff attorney does not handle immigration-related cases. 

If you have an urgent issue of concern and require immediate assistance, please contact our office via email at, and we will share our immigration resource referral list.  Just let us know if you are an international student or if you are facing undocumented issues.


Request an Appointment

  • Consultations are conducted via phone or Zoom.  If you request a Zoom appointment, we will send you the link a few minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Confidentiality: Your discussions with our attorney and other staff are protected by attorney/client privilege. We will not discuss your case with your parents, friends, spouses, or the University of Maryland without your written consent.
  • Eligibility: Please note that this service is for the University of Maryland, College Park students ONLY.  Those registered as full-time students at the University of Maryland College Park are eligible for this free service.
  • Appointment Request Form: If you are seeking advice regarding an immigration-related issue, please click on the appropriate request box below depending on whether you are an international student or an undocumented student.  Appointments are typically scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month from September to May, excluding January
  • Referrals: Contact our office via email at for an immigration attorney referral list.  Please state whether you are an international or an undocumented or immigrant student.



Attention DACATerps

If you seek information about DACA applications and renewals, please view the instructional video recorded by our immigration attorney before your consultation.  More support services for UndocuTerps are shown at the bottom of this page.                       

Policies for Immigration Appointments

One Appointment: Due to the high demand for this service, graduate students are permitted one appointment with GLAO’s immigration attorney per academic year. As such, please ensure that you come prepared with all of the information, questions, and documents that are relevant to your case. This will ensure that you are able to take full advantage of your appointment. Students requiring additional immigration legal advice following their appointment can reach out to GLAO for a referral to a local attorney or organization.

Meet with ISSS: It is our policy to advise F-1 and J-1 visa holders who are sponsored by the University of Maryland to meet with UMD’s International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) prior to meeting with the immigration attorney.  It is critical that students meet with ISSS regarding the subject of their case/concern in order to determine the potential impacts on their student visa status.  ISSS is the University’s representative and is in the best position to provide students with information to protect their current visa status as a student at the University.  To schedule a meeting with ISSS please visit their website.

Disclaimer: The immigration attorney is not an employee of the University of Maryland and provides a service for legal advice and counsel only. Said information and services are limited to the meeting. Every effort will be made to ensure the accuracy of the information given and to clearly explain your options; however, please understand that an appointment does not constitute legal representation.  If you are scheduled for an appointment with the immigration attorney, you will be required to sign the GLAO Immigration Appointment Disclaimer to acknowledge that you understand the purpose and limitations of this service.


Grad Legal Aid values and supports equal opportunity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity for all students. Our office welcomes all students regardless of their citizenship status. Undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who are enrolled at the University of Maryland College Park are treated identically to any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident student. 

Students seeking immigration-related advice can schedule an immigration appointment with us and may also find assistance from the organizations listed in the National Immigration Legal Services Directory.  For more resources and for a list of campus contacts dedicated to helping undocumented students please visit or email

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