Here is a quide of FAQs for and about DACA that will help you understand the basics. ***Update: on Tuesday, September 5 Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of DACA, and President Trump has requested the US congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018.
What should I do if I am questioned about my immigration status?
What does DACA mean?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
What if my DACA status expires before March 5, 2018?
It is imperative to file for renewal by the deadline of October 5, 2017. Any DACA or associated EAD application filed after October 5, 2017 will be rejected by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
What does DACAmented mean?
Those who have been granted immigration relief through DACA.
What is the history and purpose of DACA?
"On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time, but deferred action does not provide lawful status." Please go to the U.S. Government DACA information page to learn more.
What does "Undocumented"" mean?
“Undocumented” refers to students who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, who do not hold a visa to reside in the U.S., and who have not applied for legal residency in the U.S. In many, but not all, cases the term non-citizen refers to undocumented students. Undocumented students are eligible to apply for and be admitted to University of Kansas.
How do I apply for DACA?
Go to this U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website or click on the image below.
***We recommend, however that you refer to this website DefendDACA.com
for the risks involved in the current political climate, and note that an initial application is no longer accepted as of September 5, 2017.
Can DACA and Undocumented students obtain in-state tuition in the state of Kansas?
Kansas has a residency affidavit undocumented students can pay in-state tuition rates if you have attended an accredited Kansas high school for three years (Statute 76-731a:). Go to this Registrar link for more information and to submit the affidavit form if you qualify. The form must be submitted every semester and received by the Office of the Registrar within 30 days of the first day of classes.
What is a DREAMer?
An Undocumented youth recognized to desire a college education, professional and civic engagement.
What is USCIS?
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
What is ICE?
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
For the most accurate and updated information on DACA from the federal U.S. government, visit this U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website or click on the image. Another good online resource to stay current on news and resources is: weareheretostay.org.
On a more local level, you can also contact the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City for DACA advice. You can call the Mexican Consulate at 816 556 0800 Ext. 713 or 734, to receive free legal advice from immigration lawyers who offer weekly consultations at the Consulate and go here to learn more. ***Our contacts in this consulate said they are also willing and able to advise all undocumented students as well.