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Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

DACA Frequently Asked Questions

This web site and accompanying PDF provide members of our campus community with information on the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the United States.

Every attempt has been made to have accurate and up-to-date information.  However, the information in this FAQ is not legal advice. Every person’s situation is different. We want to encourage those directly impacted by the decision to consult with a legal professional for additional information on legal options.

University of Washington Commitment to DACA and Undocumented Students

The university and its leadership across our three campuses remain steadfastly committed to the educational success of DACA enrollees and undocumented students. This commitment was articulated by President Ana Mari Cauce on Sept. 5, 2017 in a message to the community and was echoed by statements from the Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity, and the leadership of UW Bothell and UW Tacoma.

Frequently Asked Questions on DACA Termination

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced an end to the DACA program by terminating the program created under President Obama. This means that if you already have DACA, your DACA and work permit will continue to be valid until their expiration date. If you have a DACA application (initial or renewal) that was accepted for processing by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through September 5, 2017, the agency will continue with the process of adjudicating your application. If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you may apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA, but your request must be accepted by USCIS by October 5, 2017. Please see the latest guidance from USCIS.

The following answers are meant to explain the announcement and how it affects various aspects of your life.

We will be updating this FAQ as we learn more about these changes. We encourage you to refer back to this document periodically to have the most up-to-date information.