Winter 2022 Dreamers Study Abroad Program: Open to DACA Recipients

The California-Mexico Studies Center’s Winter 2022 Dreamers Study Abroad Program will offer three 4-week sessions from December 11, 2022 to January 29, 2023, with each cohort composed of 30 DACA recipients, who have secured USCIS Advance Parole travel authorization for educational purposes through their program. Selected participants will have an opportunity to attend various lectures and participate in seminars. Program participants will also have a unique opportunity to conduct independent travel and ethnographic research on their family origins, which will allow them to visit their birthplace for 2-3 weeks.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • “Be 21 years old or older at the time of travel.
  • Speak fluent Spanish.

  • Have an active DACA status with an expiration date after February 30, 2023.

  • Have an active passport from the respective country of origin valid through March 31, 2023 or an appointment for a passport by 03/01/2022.

  • If the applicant is Mexican-born, they must commit to applying and attaining the Instituto Nacional Electoral’s (INE) Credencial para Votar en el Extranjero before traveling to Mexico. Click here to follow the instructions to apply for an INE Card.

  • Must have no criminal or immigration record.

  • Must participate in ALL PROGRAM activities.

  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show vaccine records (Note: it is a felony to falsify COVID tests and/or COVID vaccine cards).

  • Must be willing to take the additional booster shot, as required prior to leaving the U.S.

  • Must test negative for COVID-19:

    • 1 day prior to departure to Mexico (participant pays for the test.)

    • 1 day prior to arriving at Hacienda Cocoyoc for the academic program (participant pays for the test.)

    • 1 day prior to returning to the U.S. (the CMSC will provide the last test in order for all participants to return as a group.)

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: These timeframes for prior negative tests are subject to change without notice and may depend upon points-of-origin and travel destinations, according to CDC guidelines.

  • Must pay the $5,000 program fees and the USCIS $575 Advance Parole permit travel fee.”

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022

For more information and to apply, please visit their official website: CMSC Winter 2022 Travel Program

Please note that this opportunity was first posted by CMSC. The link may not work after the program deadline has passed.


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