Carnegie Mellon University
September 05, 2017

Decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Impacted students invited to contact OIE

The White House announced today that it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and no new applications would be accepted. DACA was established in 2012 to allow qualified people to request consideration for their removal action to be deferred for two years and to apply for employment authorization, both of which were able to be renewed. Deferred action does not provide a lawful immigration status. As we develop a clearer understanding of the implications of this decision and await Congressional action to quickly find a solution, the Office of International Education would like all of our students, especially those affected by the order, to know we remain committed to a diverse and inclusive community.

We recognize that each person's situation is complex and unique, and, along with our partners in Student Affairs, the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Counseling and Psychological Services, Graduate Education, and others, we want to offer our support. Participants with pending extension requests and current participants whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, may be able to obtain an extension of their employment authorization as long as the application is filed/accepted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as of October 5, 2017. Please refer to a list of Frequently Asked Questions posted to USCIS's website for more information.

Questions and concerns may be directed to our office at