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DREAMers/DACA Student Resources: Home

A guide for Undocumented/AB-540/DACA Students at Cañada College

Dreamers, Welcome to Cañada College!

Cañada College is committed to supporting all students regardless of their residency status.

We are committed in helping students find support and resources needed to promote success both academically and personally and make college a reality, regardless of one's immigration status.


About the California Dream Act

What is the California Dream Act ? (AB 130 and AB 131)

The California Dream Act of 2011 is the name given to Assembly Bills 130 & 131, which allow students who meet AB540 criteria to apply for and receive nonstate funded scholarships for public colleges and universities..

AB131 also allows AB540 students to apply for and receive state-funded institutional grants and waivers like the BOGW, EOPS, Cal Grants and the Chafee grant.

What is AB 540?

Under AB 540, students who meet ALL outlined requirements can apply for and receive state-funded institutional grants and waivers like the BOGW, EOPS, Cal Grants and more.

Students that qualify for AB 540 can apply for state financial aid through the California Dream Act (Apply by March 2nd!)




(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

The Trump administration said it will phase out DACA; it will no longer accept new DACA applications.

This means that, as of September 5, 2017:

  1. USCIS will continue to process all pending INITIAL applications ACCEPTED as of September 5, 2017
  2. USCIS will reject all other new INITIAL applications.
  3. USCIS will continue to process all pending RENEWAL applications that have already been filed. 
  4. USCIS will continue to accept and process RENEWAL applications until October 5, 2017 from applicants whose DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.         
  5. DACA recipients whose DACA has already expired are no longer eligible to renew.
  6. USCIS will reject all INITIAL and RENEWAL applications received after October 5, 2017.

          How to Renew

What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA)

DACA refers to an Executive Order that President Obama enacted in 2012. DACA  is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA allows qualifying individuals to apply for a temporary (2-year) work permit, temporary Social Security number (valid for work authorization only), and protection from deportation.  Students can reapply every two years.  DACA does not grant lawful immigration status or provide a path to citizenship.  It only is a temporary measure.



DACA UPDATE- January 2018



On January 9, 2018, an injunction was issued by a federal court ordering the Trump administration to re-start the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

USCIS Response to Injunction

On January 13, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that due to the federal court order, it has "resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA." Read the updated statement HERE

What this Means

If your DACA status expired/expires on September 5, 2017,  and March 5, 2018, you are urged to complete and submit a DACA renewal application as soon as possible. 

If your DACA status expired before September 5, 2017, or your DACA was previously terminated, you may file a new initial DACA request in accordance with the Form I-821D and Form I-765 instructions. You must list the date your prior DACA expired or was terminated, if available, on Part 1 of the Form I-821D. See UCIS HERE for more information and to download these forms.

If you need assistance completing your application, information regarding free legal support services is available at Sparkpoint. Sign up HERE or call 650-381-3550.

PLEASE NOTE: USCIS is NOT accepting applications from anyone who never before been granted DACA and will not accept or approve advance parole requests from DACA recipients.