Resources for DACA Students at VCU
On June 15, 2012 President Barack Obama announced the Deferred Action Program which would protect undocumented students from deportation and would provide students with work authorization for a two-year period. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1. Under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
2. Came to the United States before the age of 16
3. Have continuously resided in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present
4. Physically present on June 15, 2012
5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
6. Are currently in school, have graduated high school/obtained a GED certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
*taken from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website
DACA students at VCU
As of September 2017, VCU has 70 self-reported DACA students.
Statements of support at VCU
- The Trump Administration’s announcement today to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA, over the next six months leaves us with many unknowns. But we remain certain of VCU’s unequivocal support of our DACA students. DACA students are an integral part of our community, and VCU will continue to assist DACA students as they complete their educations and move on to contribute to our society. Read VCU's full statement.
- VCU President Michael Rao responded President Trump's executive order, saying "the international members of our community enrich our academic, research and clinical missions while serving to actualize VCU’s core value of diversity. Our commitment to our international students, faculty, staff and patients is unwavering. We will continue to do everything within the law to support and advocate for the international members of our community." Read VCU's full statement.
- VCU resources regarding Presidential Executive Order Affecting International Students
Admissions, records and registration
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. Click here for more deails.
All students applying to the university who wish to be considered for in-state tuition rates must complete and submit the Application for in-state tuition form at the time of application. Please visit the appropriate website below for information pertaining to you.
Become an ally
The Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS) at VCU offer a 4-hour UndocuAlly trainings which include breakfast and lunch and they can also accommodate for condensed trainings as well. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Resources at VCU
- VCU Career Services
- Myths about undocumented student career opportunities
- Consideration of DACA: Guidance for Employers
- HACU National Internship Program
- HACU's Student Track is a three day career development and networking symposium designed to build the career skills of undergraduate students. This will be held in the fall - October 28-30, 2017. Student deadline is May 31st
- The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
- University Counseling Services
- The Wellness Resource Center
Resources in the community
- Graduates Reaching a Dream Deferred (GRADD)
- DREAMers of Virginia
- VA DREAM Project
- United We Dream
- Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP)
- Detention Watch Network
- Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC) Resources for undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career, and citizenship.
- Harvard’s Act on a Dream Scholarship Database Undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities available to undocumented students.
- Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society (PLUMAS) at VCU
- Latinx Graduate Student Association