DACA Resource Hub

January 13, 2018 Update
  • USCIS announced on January 13, 2018 that, as per federal court order, it has resumed accepting applications to renew grants of deferred action under DACA. According to the statement by USCIS, DACA will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017.
  • Persons covered by DACA, whose DACA authorization expired on or after September 5, 2016, may apply for a renewal.
  • New applications for DACA will not be accepted.
  • Applications for advance parole will not be accepted.
  • See https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-January-2018-preliminary-injunction
  • Students who may benefit from this development should contact an immigration attorney. The Reves Center can provide referral to a qualified immigration attorney.
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)."


President Taylor Reveley has issued a statement to the William & Mary community (available online).


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 sjsech@wm.edu

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.                                                     

Immigration Attorneys

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 sjsech@wm.edu

General tips

  • 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

USCIS Resources 
Advocacy and Legal Aid Organizations
Resource Hubs
External Financial Aid and Scholarships
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
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 studentdiversity@wm.edu 

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 cxsuda@wm.edu