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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain undocumented students who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request, through a formal process, consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. Only individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines are eligible to be considered for deferred action. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis under the guidelines.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a variety of useful resources about DACA on their website:

United We Dream has a variety of useful resources for students to use when applying for DACA: United We Dream also has a resource guide for teachers and counselors:

A high school diploma or GED is required for DACA. If you are interested in obtaining your GED, visit Columbus State’s GED Preparation Program:


1. Students are strongly encouraged to seek professional advice and/or counsel from an attorney or immigration specialist for all legal matters related to their immigration status. Columbus State does not offer legal advice regarding students' immigration status or eligibility for DACA.

2. There have been numerous reports of false advertising where DACA applicants have been taken advantage of and charged large service fees by individuals claiming to be advocates or even lawyers who can "help" with the application process. United We Dream has created a useful tool to help find legal counsel: