Deferred Action


Any Texas A&M University student who is not a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident is considered to be an international student.

Some international students are eligible for the 36-Month Provision, which allows them to be considered a resident for tuition purposes only. See below for more information.

Additionally, some international students may be eligible for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from USCIS. Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the United States for a specified period of time unless terminated. Also may be eligible for employment authorization. For more information, visit the USCIS Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) webpage.
 

How to make an appointment with ISS

Stop by the ISS office:
110 Pavilion
call ISS at +1 979-845-1824

 

36-Month Provision

The Texas A&M University Office of the Registrar determines residency for tuition purposes.  Some international students may be eligible for residency based upon the 36-Month Provision, which allows residency through high school graduation in Texas.


To establish residency through high school graduation, a person must:

  • Graduate from a high school in Texas or receive a GED in Texas; and
  • Physically reside in Texas for the 36 consecutive months immediately prior to high school graduation; and
  • Physically reside in Texas for the 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the census date of the semester in which the student enrolls in a Texas public college or university
  • Submit a copy of the Affidavit of Intent which is available at the Office of the Registrar's web page.

For more information regarding residency for in-state tuition, please visit http://registrar.tamu.edu/Catalogs,-Policies-Procedures/State-Policies/Residency.

For more information regarding how to establish residency for in-state tuition purposes, please visit http://registrar.tamu.edu/Catalogs,-Policies-Procedures/State-Policies/Residency/Establishing-Residency.   
 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from USCIS. Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the United States for a specified period of time unless terminated. Also may be eligible for employment authorization.
For more information, visit the USCIS Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) webpage.

 

Important Updates to DACA

Renewal Process for DACA

The renewal process for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been announced.

For any questions or to schedule an appointment, stop by the ISS office: 110 Pavilion, e-mail iss@tamu.edu or call ISS at +1 979-845-1824

Individuals may request DACA renewal if they continue to meet the initial criteria and these additional guidelines:
  • Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since they submitted their most recent DACA request that was approved; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.”
The full announcement and additional information about the DACA Renewal process can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/news/secretary-johnson-announces-process-daca-renewal
 

Executive Actions on Immigration

For more information on the Executive Actions on Immigration issued on November 20, 2014 please visit http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction

Filling out DACA Forms
Filing your request for consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals involves several steps. You need to submit multiple forms, evidence and fees. Small mistakes in preparing your request could lead to it being rejected. Please read these tips to avoid having your request rejected or delayed because of common filing errors.

For the steps necessary for filing your request for consideration of DACA, read the following:
Approval of Deferred Action and Employment Authorization
If your Deferred Action and Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card application has been approved please submit the following documents to our office so that we can update your record:
  • A copy of the approval notice
  • A copy of the EAD card
  • A copy of your passport (If not previously submitted to ISS)

Submission options:

  • You can drop these off at the front counter at 110 Pavilion
  • Email documents as an attachment to iss@tamu.edu .Please be sure to include your full name and UIN with your email.

Texas Driver’s Licenses
DACA students are eligible to apply for a Driver’s License in the state of Texas.  Please see the link below for more information on how to apply for a TX Driver’s License.
Additional DACA Resources
According to the law, you must register with the Selective Services if you are:
  • A male
  • Between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Living in the United States
You must register with Selective Service within 30 days of your 18th birthday.

For more information regarding Selective Services, Click here
Living and Community Information (ISS)
ISS would like to help keep you informed about the Bryan/College Station community. For more information, visit the link above.
 
Fish Camp 
Fish Camp is a four-day orientation program that welcomes the Freshman class to Texas A&M each year with the purpose of giving you an opportunity to have fun, make friends, and learn more about life at Texas A&M! There are seven sessions of Fish Camp, which all take place during the month of August.??Students interested in attending should register through the Fish Camp website at http://fishcamp.tamu.edu
 
New Student Conference 
To help you get started, the New Student Conference (NSC) is a two-day orientation program required of all new undergraduate students. In order to accept your offer of admission from Texas A&M, you must register for an NSC. To learn more, select the link above.
ISS Orientation/Check-in

All international students must complete the ISS Online Orientation upon admission into Texas A&M University.  Additionally, all international students are required to attend the International Student Check-In with ISS.