Update: With the announcement to end DACA on September 5, 2017, undocumented students and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are advised to consult with their lawyers before studying abroad. These policy changes may affect your ability to travel internationally and return into the United States. Due to enhanced patrols around domestic borders, traveling within the U.S. close to borders and oceans may also increase risk for investigation.
Students who have been approved for DACA may go abroad with any of our programs by applying for Advance Parole. It is a complicated process so we advise students meet with an immigration lawyer for the process and they should apply with at least 3 months in advance. “Parole” gives students permission to leave the United States, but upon their return, they would have to be considered to re-enter the United States.
In the past, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has often granted Advance Parole if it is for educational purposes, employment purposes, or emergency purposes such as medical treatment, visiting sick family, or attending family funerals.
Before applying, please check with USCIS for updated information, make sure you have a passport from your country of origin, and talk with immigration lawyers or counsel to see what the process, timeline, and requirements will be to apply for Advance Parole. Once you have talked with counsel and family, visit our office and we can help you find the right program for you*.
We at the Center for Global Engagement are proud to have supported DACA students studying abroad in the past and we will proudly continue to help our DACA students in the future.
If you are a Spanish minor, French minor, or a part of any other program that may require a study abroad experience to complete your degree, please come talk to our office about your study abroad or study away options.
Programs within the United States:
- I-131 Application for Travel Document
- Informed Immigrant: A website with multiple resources for undocumented individuals
- Educational Rights of Immigrant Students now that DACA is Rescinded
- Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students
*Please be aware that the CGE cannot guarantee re-entry into the United States despite students participating on official Marymount programs as re-entry is immigration’s decision upon return.