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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) is a form of temporary administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrants who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA provides qualifying undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, 2) a Social Security Number, and 3) a work permit  (Employment Authorization Document, or “EAD card”) for a two year period.* DACA does not provide legal immigration status or grant a path to permanent residency or citizenship. 

AS of January 2018, only DACA recipients are able to re-apply for DACA. No new applicants are accepted. 

For more information on DACA and services provided by Dream Scholars/Undocumented Student Services, please visit the Dream Scholars/Undocumented Students Services website. For further assistance, please contact Diana Valdivia, the Undocumented Student Services Coordinator by phone (805) 893-5609 or email

*These policies are subject to change. 

What resources are available for undocumented students?

UC Santa Barbara provides services and resources for undocumented students. For more information, please visit the Dream Scholars/Undocumented Students Services website.

UC Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Student Members of the UC Community

FAQ for University Employees about possible federal immigration enforcement actions on university property

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