Immigrant Student Success Center

Immigrant Student Success Center


The Immigrant Student Success Center is here to help you. In addition to the links and information below you can call/text or email ImSSC Specialist Denise Vivar at 848-208-1855/

Supreme Court Decision
The Supreme Court is expected to soon issue a decision on the future of DACA. Watch this space for how this decision will impact members of our John Jay community. No matter what the court rules, John Jay is here to support you. We encourage you to investigate and take advantage of the resources listed below. 

Wellness Center Emergency Funding
Thanks to the generosity of private donors, all John Jay students, including undocumented students are eligible for emergency grants of up to $1,500. Contact Denise Vivar to learn more and apply.


The ImSCC strongly encourages all DACA recipients to renew as soon as possible. In collaboration with CUNY Citizenship Now, the ImSSC can help you get legal assistance and funds to submit your DACA renewal. Contact Denise Vivar to fast track an appointment.

ImSSC also helps schedule appointments for legal screenings for you and your family to determine possible legal pathways forward. Screenings sessions are free and available twice a month. Contact Denise Vivar to make an appointment.

Mental Health
Please contact Denise Vivar to set up a same-day mental health appointment with a counselor in the Wellness Center who will be the best fit for your needs and most able to support you.

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is available to CUNY students who have completion an application. It is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Go to for an application. Please contact or with any questions.

Post-Graduate Assistance
For help with your post-graduate career, we encourage you to contact Denise Vivar for guidance. You can also take advantage of these non-John Jay resources.


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