Undocu/DACA Resources

Feb. 14, 2018, Update:  USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA

From USCIS: “The scope of the preliminary injunction issued on February 13, 2018 in the Eastern District of New York is the same as the preliminary injunction issued on January 9, 2018 in the Northern District of California.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this web guidance, the DACA policy will continue to be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.  As explained in that guidance, USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.”

Jan. 9, 2018, Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction

Sep 5, 2017, Update: Memorandum on Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Dreamers LOGO uwm On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama created a new policy that called for deferred action for eligible undocumented youth and young adults who came to the country as children. Under DACA, undocumented immigrants are granted deferral of deportation from the United States, as well as access to Social Security numbers and renewable two-year work permits.

An encouraging fact undocumented students should keep in mind when considering college: No federal law requires proof of citizenship to be admitted to U.S. colleges. Most institutions set their own admission policies. While it is true that undocumented status limits a student’s choices, it is possible to find a college or university that accepts undocumented students and provides the sort of funding that makes attending feasible. Students need to do a fair bit of research to determine if a school can accommodate them. Part of this research will involve directly contacting the school and asking questions about the school’s policy on undocumented students and if it does recognize and accept them, the typical enrollment procedure.

Undocumented students should not hesitate to express their desire to go to college. Thanks to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, school officials can’t disclose personal information (including immigration status) about students. Undocumented students should start by asking their high school teachers and counselors for advice. Such mentors may be able to direct students to college admission counselors or pair them with other undocumented students who have either successfully enrolled in college or are aspiring to enroll.

Other than immigration status, undocumented students are no different than any other student. There are some basic ways of ensuring they are accepted into a public college or university. Each school has different admissions requirements. Those listed here are general things students can do to better their chances of getting into a school.

Source: College Guide for Undocumented Students


Resources below include resources for both  DACA & undocumented students. favianna_welcome_dreamers4_e1495228437784

Students can apply for any scholarship that does not require U.S. citizenship and/or state residency. Even if the application asks for a social security number, it is wise to ask whether an Individual Taxpayer Number (ITIN) will be sufficient. (See how to obtain an ITIN.) 



Everyone living in the United States—including undocumented immigrants—has certain basic rights under the U.S. Constitution.

 Source: Educators for Fair Consideration