The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

We are an alliance of American college and university leaders dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities.

Take a look at our D-3 Waiver Explainer

The purpose of this explainer is to provide information on why Dreamers are eligible for employment-based visa options, the obstacles that DACA recipients and other Dreamers face in accessing such visas, what are D-3 waivers, why they are needed, and why the Biden administration’s action to provide clarifying guidance for D-3 waivers is significant. This document also provides a more indepth look at DACA recipients who have been sponsored for H-1B visas, and additional resources. 

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Higher Education Leaders Applaud The Biden Administration For Expanding Protections for Dreamers

On June 18, 2024, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing a suite of affirmative relief policies that could provide protections to long-term residents, including Dreamers. Amidst legal challenges to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and an ongoing Congressional stalemate, these actions represent a significant move to support eligible DACA recipients and other Dreamers.

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Webinar: Streamlining Dreamers’ Access to Employment-Based Visas Using D-3 Waivers

On July 10, 2024 at 2 PM ET, the Presidents’ Alliance invites you to join the webinar on streamlining dreamers’ access to employment-based visas using D-3 Waivers. This webinar will discuss how D-3 waivers have allowed DACA recipients and other eligible Dreamers to access employment-based visas and provide an overview of the impact of recent executive actions on Dreamers’ access to D-3 waivers.

Higher Ed Immigration Portal

An initiative that integrates data, policies, resources, and effective practices about DACA and undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students to fuel change at the federal, state, and campus level, and build a diverse movement of partners.

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Secretary Blinken and Secretary Cardona Call Upon College & University Leadership to Engage in Refugee Resettlement

For Immediate Release: 6/20/2024 Contact: Jason Koh at Jason@presidentsalliance.org Secretary Blinken and Secretary Cardona Call Upon College & University Leadership to Engage in Refugee Resettlement Washington, D.C. – The Presidents’ Alliance, an alliance of over 550 college and university leaders across the country, applauds Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona for their letter this week to college and university leaders commending their efforts to support displaced students and refugee resettlement and urging them to increase... Continue Reading
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So what is World Refugee Day?

This is why this World Refugee Day, I am celebrating the creation of a new pathway for young refugees that not only provides an opportunity for education and resettlement, but also provides hope! Continue Reading
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Higher Education Leaders Applaud The Biden Administration For Expanding Protections for Dreamers

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2024 Contact: Jason@presidentsalliance.org Higher Education Leaders Applaud The Biden Administration For Expanding Protections For Dreamers To learn more about these relief policies and D-3 Waivers, we encourage you to register for our briefing on July 10th and review our explainer on D-3 Waivers. Washington D.C. – Today, on June 18, 2024, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing a suite of affirmative relief policies that could provide protections to long-term residents, including Dreamers. Amidst legal challenges to the Deferred... Continue Reading
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Messaging Guidance: Streamlining Dreamers’ Access to Employment-Based Visas Using D-3 Waivers

This document offers messaging guidance on discussing D-3 Waivers and Dreamers Continue Reading
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Undocumented Students in U.S. Higher Education

There are approximately 408,000 undocumented students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education. The number of undocumented students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities has remained roughly stable since 2021. However, the percentage of undocumented students who have DACA or who are DACA-eligible continues to decline, as ongoing legal challenges to the program, alongside the 2007 arrival cut-off, preclude new applicants from qualifying for the program. In 2021, there were 141,000 DACA-eligible students enrolled in higher education, accounting for approximately 0.7% of all enrolled college students. In 2022, the number of DACA-eligible students dropped to 119,000, approximately 0.65% of all college students. Continue Reading
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Immigrant Heritage Month: How Immigrants Are Leading the Way at the Presidents’ Alliance

During Immigrant Heritage Month, we are spotlighting and honoring the contributions of our immigrant-origin staff, 85% of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants, with at least one having refugee siblings or parents. Continue Reading