Immigration Law

Undocumented college students find way to study abroad, return legally

Alejandra Molina, Press Enterprise, Feb. 9, 2016 - "Southern California university students and professors have discovered an obscure provision in U.S. immigration law that allows undocumented students to leave the country to study abroad and return legally.  They’re testing the process, known as “advance parole” by sending dozens of students to Mexico, Vietnam, and other countries through their university study abroad programs.  And even though none of the students had U.S. passports, they’ve successfully returned to the United States.  Advance parole can be granted for educational, work, or humanitarian purposes.  For study abroad purposes, it applies to students who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which protects young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the United States illegally as children."