On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced a new policy allowing undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children the opportunity to avoid deportation. The new policy, commonly referenced as 'Deferred Action', will allow undocumented immigrants under 30 to apply for two-year deferrals excluding them from deportation, so long as they meet criteria similar to provisions found in the DREAM Act, including being a student, high school graduate or veteran of the armed forces or Coast Guard. Unlike the DREAM Act, which would give people under the age of 35 a path to citizenship, the new policy would not provide any increased opportunity to obtain legal permanent resident status. For more information, please see the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
The Department of Homeland Security began accepting applications for Deferred Action on August 15, 2012. DACA status, if approved, must be renewed every two years.
Resources from the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS)
How to Apply for DACA
How to Renew DACA
How to Apply for/Renew DACA - Video
DACA Toolkit for Community Partners
Frequently Asked Questions
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services: 1-800-375-5283
Resources from the Department of Education
Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth - a comprehensive guide to how schools, colleges, counselors, educators, and others can support undocumented students throughout their educational careers. The Guide includes information on DACA eligibility and application, state college admission and tuition policies, private scholarships, education records, and more.
Educational Services for Immigrant Children & Those Recently Arrived to the United States - geared toward recently arrived children from Central America and Mexico, but contains valuable information regarding educational resources and rights for all immigrant children, regardless of arrival date or circumstance. Fact Sheet I and Fact Sheet II answer frequently asked questions.
Educational Resources for New Arrivals & DACA Students - contains resources for K-12, higher education, DACA, adult students, migrant students, Hispanic students, and Asian American &Pacific Islander students
Financial Aid and Undocumented Students: Q&A - Office of Federal Student Aid resource to help undocumented/DACA students understand and navigate the financial aid process
Resources from Immigration Advocates Network
What Is DACA? - informational flyer
¿Qué es DACA? - folleto informativo
Scholarships Available for DACA and TPS Students
TheDream.US has scholarship funds available for students who qualify for DACA or TPS status. Applications are being accepted from September 1 through October 12, 2014. Students must either be first-time college students or community college students looking to transfer to a four-year university. For more information on student requirements and to see the list of participating higher education institutions, visit TheDream.US website.
Resources from the National Education Association (NEA)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Back to School Guide for Educators