Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows some individuals who enter the U.S. illegally as a minor to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

Established by the Obama administration in June 2012, approximately 800,000 individuals are enrolled in the program across the country. 

On Sept. 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the phase out of DACA. DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters. Read the memorandum from Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke for details.

NSHE and its eight institutions remain committed to DACA and our colleagues throughout the country in urging Congress to find a permanent solution to maintain the residency status of DACA students.

This page will be a continually updated resource for DACA students attending our institutions.

NSHE logo

NSHE Statements on DACA

institution icon

Institution Resources

legal icon

Legal Resources

counseling icon

Counseling & Support Resources

Nevada Promise icon

Nevada Promise Scholarship

Federal Resources