Immigrant Rights & Deferred Action (DACA)
What are my rights as an Undocumented Student?
Please click here for detailed information regarding Immigrant rights (available in both English & Spanish).
What is Deferred Action (DACA)?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA for short, is a federal form of protection from deportation that lasts two years and provides undocumented citizens with the opportunity to work legally in the United States. DACA recipients are still considered undocumented immigrants despite having a temporary work permit and a social security number.
What are the benefits of DACA?
Those who qualify and are granted DACA can apply for a work permit and receive a Social Security Number; however, it must be noted that a DACA Social Security Number (SSN) is different than a regular SSN held by a US-born citizen, as it has certain limitations. For example, an individual or student with DACA is not eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). DACA does not put someone on track to get a green card or US citizenship, however, it can currently be renewed every two years.