DACAmented & UnDACAmented

Yale’s commitment to its students is long-standing, and I am dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the supports and resources we have in place. We admit students without regard to immigration status, and our financial aid policies assure that no student will be denied an education because of immigration status. These policies will continue. 

President Peter Salovey, November 18, 2016

February 20, 2017 Message from Vice President Kim Goff-Crews on Yale's Response to Changes in U.S. Immigration Policy


Post-Election Message Regarding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

On November 18, 2016 President Peter Salovey reaffirmed Yale's longstanding commitment to continue to admit and provide financial aid to students regardless of U.S. immigration status.   In light of the potential threat to end the DACA program by  President-elect Trump, the University will provide resources to help students navigate this extremely difficult and uncertain time, including access to experts, lawyers and financial support to help any Yale student who faces legal action as a result of any changes in the DACA program.

Under the Trump administration it remains unclear what action will be taken with respect to DACA.  Should the new administration rescind DACA, there are several different scenarios of how the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) might proceed. For the time being, various organizations (cited in the right margin) are offering the following advice.  The information listed below does not constitute legal advice and you should talk with an immigration attorney before taking any action.

  • If you do not currently have DACA, it is recommended that you not apply at this time, but rather wait until more is known after the inauguration on January 20th.
  • If your DACA Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is expiring, you should consider submitting an application to extend it.  However, the application will likely not be adjudicated until after January 20th.
  • If you are outside the U.S. on Advanced Parole, you should plan on returning before January 20, 2017. 
  • If you have plans to travel abroad with a return date after January 20th, you should reconsider your plans.

A recently posted resource from E4FC, addresses many of these issues -  BEYOND DEFERRED ACTION:Long-Term Immigration Remedies Every Undocumented Young Person Should Know About.


Legal Assistance

OISS will coordinate support and legal assistance and will assist undocumented students in making the connection needed to resolve immediate concerns as well as address longer term issues.  These conversations will take place with strict regard for your privacy and at no point will your information be shared without the your permission.   For more information contact ann.kuhlman@yale.edu.


Prospective and Current Yale Students
  • Applying to Yale.  Yale is proud of its strong commitment to equal opportunity and accessibility to all candidates from any part of the world who show great academic and personal promise. We extend our need-blind admissions policy and holistic application review to all students without regard to citizenship or immigration status. For more information on application requirements and policies for all applicants, consult the Admissions web site.
  • Financial Aid.   Yale University’s financial aid policies are the same for undocumented (with or without DACA) students, as they are for all admitted students. For all undergraduates with financial need, our aid awards meet 100% of a family’s demonstrated need without using loans. Consult the Financial Aid web site for details.
  • Working on campus.  Only students with DACA and a valid EAD will be able to work on campus.  Students without DACA should contact their financial aid officer to review their aid award. 
  • Federal Taxes. The Yale International Tax Office will assist you in determining your U.S. tax resident status. If it is found, based on the amount of time you have been present in the U.S., that you are a resident for tax purposes, the 14% withholding for international students would not be required. 
  • Summer Internships.  DACAmented students with a valid EAD card may apply for most internships and programs, except those few that require U.S. citizenship.  Undocumented students without DACA and a valid EAD only qualify for summer fellowships that are not considered compensation for employment.  Consult the CIPE web site for details. 
  • Studying Abroad as a DACA student. DACAmented students with Advanced Parole have been able to study abroad.  Consult the CIPE web site for details.  However, it is recommended that students with DACA not make plans to study abroad until we learn more about the future of DACA after January 20, 2017. 
  • Career and Fellowship Resources.  Yale students are encouraged to use the resources of the Office of Career Strategy (OCS), or the relevant professional school career office, to explore the internship and post-graduation possibilities.  OCS staff is also available to talk with students about graduate school and professional school programs. For information about fellowships to support summer and post-graduation activities for Yale College students contact Rebekah Westphal at the Center for International and Professional Experience.  Post-graduation Yale employment for undocumented and DACAmented students continues to be governed by the validity of the EAD card and available only to DACAmented students.

Yale faculty and staff with questions about undocumented and DACAmented students, or DACA in general, are also invited to contact OISS.  For information other immigration maters that may be a concern as a result of the recent presidential election, click here.