Immigration Updates In the News


Biden administration moves to formalize DACA and shield it from legal challenges

August 24, 2022

The Biden administration on Wednesday finalized a rule to transform the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy for more than 600,000 so-called "Dreamers" into a federal regulation, a move aimed at protecting the program from legal challenges that imperil its existence.

White House Immigration Goals to Focus on H-1Bs, Fees and DACA

July 19, 2022

Over the next several months, the Biden administration plans to work on policy proposals that continue the reformation of the H-1B visa program for professional foreign workers—including raising the wages of those workers—as well as increasing application and petition filing fees for a range of immigration benefits.

Federal appeals court in New Orleans hears arguments on immigrants brought to US as kid

July 6, 2022

Attorneys hoping to save an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of people brought into the U.S. as children told a federal appeals court in New Orleans Wednesday that ending the program would cruelly disrupt the lives of thousands who have grown up to become tax-paying, productive drivers of the U.S. economy.

June 18, 2020

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, a reprieve for nearly 650,000 recipients known as “dreamers.”

Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly joined other states in legal action supporting the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

October 4, 2019

Kelly joined Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin, as well as Montana Governor Steve Bullock, in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in support of DACA.

Additional Updates

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Please visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the most up-to-date information regarding DACA, United State Citizenship/Naturalization, Lawful Permanent Resident and other processes including application forms and fee information. For questions contact USCIS directly or an attorney for legal advice.

While no new DACA applications are being accepted at this time, renewals for current beneficiaries of DACA are being accepted.

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) PDF statement

K-State joins with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in their statement calling for swift congressional action. DACA was initiated by the Obama Administration in 2012. Under the policy, certain undocumented immigrants to the United States who entered the country as minors can receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for employment.

The university is not aware of any changes that would affect enrollment, admission, student employment or merit scholarship status at this time.

In-state Tuition

Undocumented and DACA-mented students in Kansas are eligible for resident tuition. In 2004, Kansas State Legislature voted to institute House Bill 2145 also known as K.S.A. 76-731a into law. Through this statue, undocumented students are eligible to pay in-state tuition at a Kansas college or university. Students must meet the following Kansas residency statute and regulations or special circumstances to be considered a Kansas resident for tuition purposes. Click here to be directed to the K-State residency information page.

Please review the complete Kansas Board of Regents FAQ on Kansas 2004 House Bill 2145, Eligibility for Resident Tuition for Certain Undocumented Immigrants and Others document here.