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DACA and Undocumented Students

What is DACA?

  • The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established in 2012 by President Barack Obama. DACA allows undocumented individuals who entered the United States as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of “deferred action” or protection from deportation. Some college and university students in the US are undocumented and have DACA status.
  • DACA enables recipients to further or complete their education, work, obtain drivers’ licenses and social security numbers, and build personal credit history. In addition, it allows undocumented individuals to exit and re-enter the country. 
  • DACA status provides protection against deportation. The program currently remains in place. 
  • The US Federal Government grants DACA status on a case-by-case basis. It is not a step towards gaining permanent residency or citizenship. 
  • Learn how to apply for DACA status at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.