DACA & Undocumented Students

Undocumented students and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are advised that the change in the Presidential administration on January 20, 2017 may lead to immediate changes in policies related to undocumented statuses, advance parole, and the ability to travel abroad. This may have severe impacts on those planning to travel and, especially, on those who are already abroad.

Undocumented students or students with DACA status who are currently abroad and are not already in contact with UC Undocumented Legal Services or the AB 540 and Undocumented Student Center at UC Davis are urged to do so immediately. The Center can interpret the legal implications of a change in Federal immigration policy and provide advice to undocumented travelers. Students travelling abroad on Advance Parole are advised to return to the U.S. before January 20, 2017. The Center can provide further assistance and student advising on a case-by-case basis.

Students who are not abroad, but are considering ANY travel abroad – study abroad or otherwise – should also consult with the AB 540 and Undocumented Student Center before making plans. Enhanced patrolling exists near domestic borders, so undocumented students may be at heightened risk for investigration even for domestic travel. Students are therefore advised to avoid travel to border areas, including not participating on UC Davis Domestic Off-Campus programs in New Mexico and New Orleans. Questions about domestic travel should also be directed to the AB 540 and Undocumented Student Center. If you are not a UC Davis student, you may have similar resources for undocumented students at your home campus. 

UC Davis Study Abroad is not able to provide any legal advice for undocumented travel abroad.