DACA Presentation at NAFSA 2016


With President Obama’s executive action permitting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to the United States, more and more DACA-mented students wish to study abroad. Make sure you’re ready to have respectful, helpful conversations with these students about both the benefits and the specific risks related to DACA for study abroad. Navigating the DACA and Advance Parole process necessary to enable these students to leave the country can be a vague and tricky process. Make sure you’re in the best position possible to help your DACA-mented students study abroad.

This resource will help you to:

  • Navigate the rules and regulations surrounding DACA and the related Advance Parole that’s required for DACA students to study abroad.
  • Engage in advising discussions with DACA students surrounding Advance Parole applications and the specific risks of reentry to the U.S. as a DACA student.
  • Ensure your office is a safe space for DACA students to disclose their status and discuss their concerns.

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Created for the 2016 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado by:

  • Catherine Spaeth, Director, Global Studies, Seminars International
  • Habiba Simjee, Undocumented Student Services Coordinator, University of California Undocumented Legal Center
  • Dan Siefken, Program Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin