President Katherine A. Rowe has issued the following statement:
"William & Mary has an enduring commitment to all of its students. In September 2017, the William & Mary Board of Visitors issued a statement of unanimous support for the university's DACA students and urged members of Congress to work together for a solution that would allow W&M's DACA students to finish their educations uninterrupted. The university community, myself included, stand by the Board's statement. We will continue to do all that we can to support our DACA students, who are valued members of the W&M community."
The menu below provides information and links to resources for our students with DACA.
Resources for Students and Faculty
Academic and Career Planning
Study and Internships Abroad
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 until further notice. While USCIS is renewing DACA authorizations they are not issuing new parole travel authorizations since September 5, 2017. If a student has a previously issued advance parole travel authorization that is not yet expired, CBP may honor it for reentry to the US, but there is no guarantee of that.
Dare to DREAM Fund - administered by the Reves Center, this fund provides partial support for the DACA renewal fee.
Individuals who would like to donate to the fund, can go to W&M Giving. Type “Dare to DREAM” in the search box.
Domicile (In-State Tuition)
Students with DACA may qualify for in-state tuition. In-state versus out-of-state tuition rates are determined by domicile under the University Registrar’s Office. To be eligible for in-state rates, an individual (or the parent, legal guardian or spouse who provides financial support) must demonstrate residence in Virginia and an intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely to establish domicile in Virginia, then maintain domicile in Virginia for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes. Under special circumstances Virginia domicile code allow us to consider a dependent student’s domicile separately from that of the parents when appropriate.
Any questions about domicile eligibility should be directed to the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-221-2800.
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 handout 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 have information for tax filing on our webpage Filing your Taxes.
Specific tax-filing guidance for DACA students is available through United We Dream:
DACA students are eligible to obtain a VA driver's license or state ID card. The Reves Center has information 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 Virginia DMV.
If you encounter difficulty at the DMV Center, contact the Reves Center and we can liaise on your behalf.
The 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)
Crystal Malik from McCandlish Holton is available to consult with students for inquiries related to DACA. The firm does not charge for the initial consultation.
For information about a session or for a referral to an immigration attorney, please contact [[w|ywong,Eva Wong]], Director of ISSP.
W&M Immigration Clinic
As a clinic program consisting of law students overseen by a supervising attorney, the Immigration Clinic assists non-citizens with various immigration matters. The Immigration Clinic can help students renew their DACA status and also provide assistance in other immigration matters.
Reves Center - ISSP supports the university's international community of students, scholars, faculty, staff and their families. These include those on student, exchange and employment visas; permanent residents; third country nationals; persons with DACA; and US citizens who grew up abroad. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for responses to questions related to DACA students at William & Mary, resources and support for the international community, as well as W&M Police protocol on immigration matters.
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is committed to creating a university community that is representative and inclusive of individuals with different backgrounds, talents, and skills.
The Center for Student Diversity serves as a vital link where students from diverse backgrounds can find a sense of community and everyone can learn about the diversity of our community.
Counseling Center - For students interested in a DACA Support Group, please contact [[w|cxsuda,Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser]] Director, W&M Counseling Center.