September 15, 2017 Update
"DACA students are important members of our community. They belong here, and we strongly believe they should be allowed to finish their educations. William & Mary will keep doing all we can to support them. Our welcome is unwavering for each W&M student, regardless of his or her national origin or immigration status."
September 5, 2017 Update
The Trump Administration announced today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is initiating "the orderly wind down of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)."
We are monitoring the situation closely and will make updates as we know more. In the meantime, here are the links to the Administration's announcement and guidance:
In collaboration with faculty, staff and departments across the university, the Reves Center provides support and advocacy for DACA students at W&M.
W&M departments and offices with questions about DACA may contact Steve Sechrist, Director of ISSP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a special program created by President Obama through Executive Order, that provides temporary authorization for undocumented persons who arrived as children to the US, to remain in the US. It defers the action of removing them from the US for a specific period. During this time, they may study and work in the US. One must apply to USCIS for DACA and under current policy, DACA can be renewed every two years. The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has a helpful informational handout: DACA/DAPA Fact Sheet.
A number of free legal clinics have been set up in Virginia for people who need to file a renewal of DACA. As stated in the announcement by the federal government, persons whose DACA authorization will expire between now and March 5, 2018 are eligible to file for one last DACA renewal.
If you plan on attending a free clinic, you MUST bring the following with you:
- Two Passport Sized Photos
- Any criminal records (e.g. police report, charging document, disposition, etc.)
- If you have traveled abroad, bring your passport and advanced parole documentation
- Money order for $495 made out to “US Department of Homeland Security” (see also section on Financial Aid)
- Photocopy of DACA Work Permit (both sides)
Please Bring: Copies of all prior DACA applications and renewals
List of Legal Clinics in Virginia
Thursday, September 21st
Location: Arlington Department of Human Services,
2100 Washington Boulevard, Lower Level Arlington, VA 22204
Time: 2 pm – 6 pm
Please call to RSVP (703) 444-7009
Saturday, September 23rd
- Northern Virginia Family Service and Just Neighbors
Location: Annandale UMC 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
Time: 10 am
Please call to RSVP at (703) 979-1240
- Legal Aid Justice Center and George Mason University
Location: Research Hall 163 is in 10401 York River Road, Fairfax VA 22030
Time: 12 pm
Sunday, September 24th
- Northern Virginia Family Service
Location: ATC Insurance 310 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, VA 20186
Time: 5:30 pm
Saturday, September 30th
- Legal Aid Justice Center and PLUMAS at VCU
Location: UR-Jepson Alumni Center, 49 Crenshaw Way, Richmond, VA
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Please make appointment online at http://bit.ly/DACArenewRVA or call (804) 521-7306. Walk-ins welcome.
- Legal Aid Justice Center
Location: Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St S, Arlington, VA
Time: 3:30 pm
Financial Aid for DACA renewal costs
There are two options for W&M stduents who need funds to cover the DACA renewal filing fee:
Reves center: Contact Steve Sechrist at email@example.com
“Mission Asset Fund and LC4DACA are offering $495 scholarships to Dreamers so they can renew their DACA status before October 5. This program is available nationwide. All Dreamers need to do is apply online and have an EAD card (work permit). They’ll receive a check made out to the Department of Homeland Security within 48 hours.
Reves Center works closely with the law firm McCandlish Holton of Richmond to provide support and assistance to DACA students on campus, including:
- Workshops/information sessions for DACA students (free)
- Answering individual questions (free)
- Comprehensive consultations and/or representation of individual students (reduced fee)
For information about a session or for a referral to an immigration attorney, please contact Steve Sechrist, Director of ISSP at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If your DACA is due to expire in the next 5 months, you should consider renewing it. The government filing fee for the I-765 (Employment Authorization application) is $410, with a a biometrics fee ($85).
- At this point, it is advised that students on DACA do not pursue international travel, including study abroad, study away, or international service learning trips for the fall semester 2017 or spring 2018.
Legislative Information and Action
S.3542 - BRIDGE Act -- Introduced in the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2016
To provide provisional protected presence to qualified individuals who came to the United States as children.
Mr. Graham (for himself, Mr. Durbin, Ms. Murkowski, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Flake, and Mr. Schumer) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
Text and information about S. 3542
A helpful summary of the bill can be found on the website of the National Immigration Law Center.
Advocacy and Legal Aid Organizations
- Immigration Legal Resource Center
- United We Dream
- Educators for Fair Consideration
- AIC Legal Action Center - Practice Advisory
- National Immigration Services Directory
External Financial Aid and Scholarships
- College Board Resource for Undocumented Students
Post-Bachelor's Planning: Career and Graduate School
Social Security Cards
Students on DACA with an EAD (employment authorization card) may apply to the Social Security Office for a Social Security Number (SSN). Reves Center website has information about the local SSA and SSN application procedures.
SSA's informational handount SSN Applications for DACA may also be helpful. If you encounter difficulty at the Social Security Office, contact the Reves Center and we can liaise on your behalf.
Federal and State Taxes
DACA students who earned income will be required to file income tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service under the same tax laws that residents follow. The Reves Center will have information and links to resources for tax filing on our webpage Filing your Taxes.
Specific tax-filing guidance for DACA students is available through United We Dream:
VA Driver's Licenses and State ID cards
DACA students are eligible to obtain a VA driver's license or state ID card. The Reves Center has informationa about the local DMV Center and application procedures on our webpage Obtaining a Driver's License or State ID Card. For legal presence requirements, the DMV will require your I-797 showing approval of the I-821. For details see https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#legal_pres_ead.asp
If you encounter difficulty at the DMV Center, contact the Reves Center and we can liaise on your behalf.
W&M Admissions and Financial Aid
- DACA students may apply for admission to W&M through the Office of Undergraduate Admission.
- Specific undergraduate admissions inquiries can be directed to Bill Boyd (email@example.com) or Tim Wolfe, Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Graduate admissions inquiries should be directed to the director of the respective program.
- The Office of Financial Aid handles financial aid related questions.
- The Office of the University Registrar handles domicile (in-state tuition) questions and applications. Questions may be directed to Kisha Thompson.
W&M Diversity Office
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion spearheads the university's affirmative action and diversity efforts.It is committed to creating a College community that is representative and inclusive of individuals with different backgrounds, talents, and skills. They work to ensure that William & Mary is a community where all faculty, staff, and students feel supported and affirmed. William & Mary is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all applicable laws regarding nondiscrimanation and affirmative action in admissions, hiring, and all other programs and activities. For information, please contact [[dmatos,Dania Matos, Esq., Deputy Chief Diversity Officer]].
DACA Student Group - Center for Student Diversity
There is an informal student group of DACA students at W&M. To inquire about joining, please contact the CSD at email@example.com
DACA Support: W&M Counseling Center
For students interested in a DACA Support Group, please contact Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser, Acting Director, W&M Counseling Center at firstname.lastname@example.org