Information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for Students, Faculty, and Staff

UPDATE: As of January 13, 2018, USCIS is accepting applications for individuals who previously were provided DACA status. The change is due to a federal court order. New applications for the program are not being accepted. Please review the qualifications to apply for renewal using the following link:
https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-January-2018-preliminary-injunction

On September 5, 2017, the US Attorney General announced the termination of the DACA program on March 5, 2018. The DACA program offered young undocumented recipients protection from deportation and a valid employment authorization document (a work permit). The US Congress has until March 5, 2018 to enact a law to address the recipients of the DACA program.

What does this mean?

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is no longer accepting DACA and associated employment authorization document applications.
  • If you submitted a DACA application on or before September 5, 2017, DHS will review it on a case-by-case basis.
  • If you are currently a DACA recipient, you will maintain your DACA status and benefits until your expiration date.
  • If your DACA status work permit expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you must have submitted a renewal application prior to October 5, 2017.
  • If your DACA permit expires after March 5, 2018, you are not eligible to submit a renewal application.
  • DHS is no longer accepting applications for Advance Parole (Form 131), and the agency has closed all pending applications for Advance Parole. DACA recipients with previously-approved Advance Parole should review the FAQs on DACA from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • In the state of Oklahoma, individuals who no longer have DACA status are still eligible to attend colleges and universities. 

Since the announcement, university leadership and a taskforce of over 20 faculty, staff, and representatives of student groups have been working to identify resources and provide support for DACA recipients at UCO.

DACA Infographic

Statements from UCO Leadership and Community

The importance of knowing what you can and cannot do if confronted with an incident involving law enforcement

Individuals are advised to contact the Office of Legal Counsel for incidents involving law enforcement. The office will contact the Stumps & Associates law firm to respond to the situation.

Where can I get the latest information about DACA?

Donate to the Dreamer Fund

Faculty, staff, students, and community members can donate to the Dreamer Fund online or by contacting a UCO Foundation representative. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to UCO students who meet the criteria in order to foster academic success. Recipients must be enrolled at UCO, be in good academic standing (GPA 2.0), must have attended a US high school and lived in the US for at least 5 years, and be a member of a Diversity Round Table group of the International Student Council, with preference to students who have or have had Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status. To donate online, click here and designate your gift to the "Dreamer Fund".