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UNNJ Class Action

Class Action Lawsuit: University of Northern New Jersey (UNNJ)

This page provides resources to class members in the case Dong, et al. v. Johnson, et al., Case No. 17-2092-ES-JSA—a class-action lawsuit on behalf of noncitizens who suffered immigration-related harms on account of their enrollment in the University of Northern New Jersey (“UNNJ”). UNNJ was a fake university set up by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”).

The lawsuit settled and, after a Fairness Hearing, the Court granted final approval to the parties’ Amended Settlement Agreement on May 3, 2022. The Settlement is therefore in effect as of May 3, 2022.

You are a class member, and are therefore covered by the Settlement, if:

  • You enrolled in UNNJ for any length of time;
  • You were found by the Government to have enrolled in UNNJ; or
  • You are the spouse or child of a person who enrolled in UNNJ and were accorded derivative student (F-2 nonimmigrant) status through your spouse or parent’s enrollment in UNNJ.

***Update: May 6, 2022***

We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) informational sheet. All class members should carefully review the FAQ to understand what they must do now that the Settlement has been approved and is now effective.


For instructions on how to obtain expedited adjudication of certain immigration benefits filed with DHS, please review our Instructions for Obtaining Expedited DHS Adjudications Under the UNNJ Settlement.

The full terms of the Settlement are contained in the Amended Settlement Agreement. For important details—including benefits you may qualify for and deadlines you must meet—please review the Amended Settlement Agreement and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) carefully.

If you have questions about the Settlement, you may contact Plaintiffs’ Counsel at [email protected]. Please understand that we can only answer general questions about the Settlement. Please address any questions about how the Settlement will affect you personally to your individual attorney.


Amended Settlement Agreement

Order Certifying Settlement Class and Granting Final Approval of Settlement and Judgment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Instructions for Obtaining Expedited DHS Adjudications Under the UNNJ Settlement

Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement

拟议集体诉讼和解协议通知 (Chinese Translation of Notice)

प्रस्तावित वर्ग कार्रवाई समझौते की नोटिस (Hindi Translation of Notice)

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