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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


“DACAmented” refers to someone who has successfully applied for DACA benefits and is in possession of a federally-issued employment authorization card. DACAmented individuals can apply for specific permission to leave and re-enter the United States for educational reasons, including potentially going abroad on approved university programs, using a travel document known as Advance Parole.

This process is complicated and we strongly encourage students to seek counsel with an immigration attorney before considering this as an option. Education Abroad advisors cannot assist with Advance Parole applications. Immigration attorney resources: The organization We Own the Dream, or CU Student Legal Services, or aila.org.

It is strongly encouraged that students should:
- Refer to the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpages for the most up-to-date information.
- Confirm whether or not they will be able to obtain a travel document (i.e., passport) from their country of citizenship.
- Consult legal counsel of their own choosing if they decide to apply for Advance Parole.
- Consult legal counsel regarding possible grounds for inadmissibility.
- Seriously consider both best and worst case scenarios.
- Discuss their choice with their family, loved ones, friends or advisors.
- Determine the application timeline for Advance Parole, and how it aligns with program deadlines/deposits. Advance Parole applications can take months to process, so students should plan accordingly with study abroad application deadlines, etc.

After consulting an attorney, contact the CU Boulder Education Abroad Coordinator for Diversity & Access.

DACAmented students are welcome to apply for the CU BuffsAbroad Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and other Scholarships. Visit Finances > Scholarships.

IMPORTANT:  The information on this page is not intended to constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

PLEASE NOTE:  Re-entry back into the US cannot be guaranteed by the University, and the University makes no warranties or representations with respect to successful re-entry, even with advance parole authorization and approval of the education abroad program from the education abroad office.  Students must assess and assume the risks associated with re-entry, and are strongly encouraged to discuss re-entry with their legal counsel.