Before Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was rescinded, DACA provided a pathway for undocumented students to study abroad by applying for Advance Parole. Advance Parole was essentially permission to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad. Along with the announcement of rescinding DACA, the U.S. government immediately stopped accepting applications for Advance Parole, preventing DACA students from being able to study abroad and re-enter the U.S. without detention.
The Education Abroad office will continue to advocate for undocumented students or DREAMers to be able to study abroad. When and if there is a safe way for undocumented students to study abroad internationally again, we will post it on this page.
Virtual/Remote Options: Many programs are offering virtual opportunities for students to gain international perspective, continue education, and gain career experience in light of COVID-19. Compare all your options and learn more on our Virtual Program Guide.
National Student Exchange: Founded in 1968, the National Student Exchange, or NSE, provides students access to study on exchange to universities across the US, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The nature of the exchange waives non-resident tuition at the host university, allowing students to pay their host university’s in-state/resident tuition. Alternatively, students may choose to study with NSE on a plan where they pay their home university tuition. Likewise, students from other NSE member universities can study on exchange at Western. Contact Dan Lindeman for more information.
- USCIS.gov U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services DACA FAQ's
- Higher Ed Immigration Portal Traveling on Advance Parole: A Guide for DACA Recipients
- NOLO How to Apply for a Travel Document (Advance Parole)
- WWU Student Outreach Services
- WWU Career Services Center
- Law Office of Hannah E. Stone
- Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)
- Blue Group WWU’s student organization for undocumented students
- United We Dream: United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation
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