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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • What is DACA?

    What is DACA?

    On June 15, 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program, which is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), began on August 15, 2012.

    On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced that Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals was being rescinded and that new applications for individuals seeking Deferred Action status would no longer be accepted. 

    Anyone who has DACA status expiring between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 can apply for a two-year renewal. Applications for renewals MUST be received by October 5, 2017. Please check your current DACA expiration and apply accordingly.

    For those with DACA status that expires after March 5, 2018, your DACA status and permission to work expires on the date your current approval and work permit ends, unless Congress passes additional legislation.

  • Qualifying for DACA

    Who Qualifies for DACA Status?

    You may request consideration of DACA if you:

    • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
    • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
    • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
    • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
    • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012, meaning that you never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012, or any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had expired as of June 15, 2012
    • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
    • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

    To get started, the  U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website will help answer some of your questions regarding your immigration status and how to request consideration for DACA. There, you can find out more information about the DACA process, background checks, fees, etc.

  • Useful Resources

    Guidance and Resources

    As the Department issues additional DACA guidance and resources, we will share that with you immediately.

  • Remarks from the President

    Remarks from President Stanley

    On  DACA : A Message to the Campus Community - September 5, 2017
    A Message to the Campus Community:

    With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ( DACA) being rescinded, I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm my unwavering support of the DREAM Act and of  DACA, and that I continue to be passionate about these highly successful programs. It is my hope that Congress will act to ensure that  DACA remains in effect. 
    It is important to reiterate that at Stony Brook University, we do not request or require immigration status as part of the admissions process, nor is immigration status a factor in student housing decisions. We do not share private information; once a student is enrolled we protect student confidentiality in line with federal and state law; and, our University Police Department does not inquire into nor record the immigration status of students or other persons unless they have been arrested. Also, it is important for us to understand that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy characterizes colleges and universities as " sensitive locations" -- places where enforcement actions should not occur outside of extraordinary circumstances. It is critical for the University to remain a place where free exchange of ideas is safeguarded but done in a way that respects our differences. 

    We have seen how the recipients of  DACA have a positive impact on our campus and broader community.  Diversity of perspectives, thought and understanding serves as a foundation of Stony Brook’s academic enterprise and helps our students become global citizens. Let’s do what’s right, and unite to support our “dreamers” together. 
    Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding DACA