Welcome to the U.S. Department of Education's page dedicated to providing information and resources for immigrant, refugee, asylee students and families.
New Resources and News
On November 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a fact sheet on the rights of unaccompanied children to enroll in and participate meaningfully and equally in education programs.
- Fact Sheet [PDF, 696 KB ]
On October 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released a Resource Guide to help schools, colleges, teachers, and other personnel support the college and career success of undocumented and DACA youth in secondary and postsecondary settings.
- Guide [PDF, 6.6 MB ]
- Dear Colleague LetterCollege or University Leader
- Dear Colleague LetterChief State School Officer or Superintendent
- Early Learning Teacher and Parent Resource Guide [PDF, 1.55 MB]
- Early Learning Teacher and Parent Resource Guide (Spanish version) [PDF, 1.08 MB]
- Safe Spaces Factsheet
Importance of Integration
Currently, there are over 4.7 million foreign born individuals enrolled in pre-kindergarten to postsecondary education, representing 6% of the total student population. Another 20 million students are the children of foreign born parents.
As a nation of immigrants, America has benefited from the vitality and enthusiasm brought to its shores by those seeking a better life. Successful immigrant and refugee integration efforts build the capacity of schools and early learning programs, communities, organizations, and other stakeholders to support the civic, linguistic, and economic integration of immigrants.i
The programmatic efforts of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) support a number of immigrant populations, including immigrant children (e.g., unaccompanied youth) and the children of immigrants, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) children and youth, immigrant families, adult immigrants (e.g. refugees, asylees), foreign-born professionals, migrant students, teachers of English learners and foreign languages, and receiving communities. ED’s initiatives geared toward learners, teachers, schools and communities support all three pillars of immigrant integration: civic, economic, and linguistic integration.
i Original analysis based on data from 2013 American Community Survey (ACS). Data can be found here.
Young people in this country – regardless of wealth, home language, zip code, sex, race, disability, actual or perceived immigration status – should have the chance to learn and achieve. Education must provide a path to a striving middle class for all who are willing to work hard.
Higher Education Students
Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require education and training beyond a high school diploma.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students
On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines, including educational guidelines, may request consideration of deferred immigration enforcement action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. Individuals who are granted deferred action would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status, but instead is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion.
Adults should be able to acquire the basic skills necessary to function in today's society so that they can obtain work or pursue further schooling and support their families.
Migratory workers in the U.S. include those who move within states, between states, and between countries. Therefore, some, but not all migratory workers may be immigrants.
The Office of Migrant Education (OME) aims to provide excellent leadership, technical assistance, and financial support to improve the educational opportunities and academic success of migrant children, youth, agricultural workers, fishers, and their families. Some immigrant students may be eligible to participate in OME's programs, provided they meet the program requirements and fit the definition of migratory children.
Hispanics are the largest and fastest‐growing minority group, and will represent 60 percent of our nation's population growth between 2005 and 2050.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Students
The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population is growing rapidly in the United States, and one in 10 of the 11 million undocumented individuals living in the U.S. is Asian or Pacific Islander.
Additional Information and Resources
Office for Civil Rights – This website includes an overview of the Office for Civil Rights, which enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin (including lack of English proficiency), disability, sex and age, in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from ED.
President Obama’s proposal on our immigration system – The president has called for changing the existing immigration system. This includes his proposals for border security, increased use of E-verify, increasing permanent residencies, and the effect of immigration on the economy.
Notice of Language Assistance
If you have difficulty understanding English, you may, free of charge, request language assistance services for this Department information by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), or email us at: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.
Aviso a personas con dominio limitado del idioma inglés: Si usted tiene alguna dificultad en entender el idioma inglés, puede, sin costo alguno, solicitar asistencia lingüística con respecto a esta información llamando al 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), o envíe un mensaje de correo electrónico a: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.
給英語能力有限人士的通知: 如果您不懂英語， 或者使用英语有困难，您可以要求獲得向大眾提供的語言協助服務，幫助您理解教育部資訊。這些語言協助服務均可免費提供。如果您需要有關口譯或筆譯服務的詳細資訊，請致電 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (聽語障人士專線：1-800-877-8339)，或電郵: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov。
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Paunawa sa mga Taong Limitado ang Kaalaman sa English: Kung nahihirapan kayong makaintindi ng English, maaari kayong humingi ng tulong ukol dito sa inpormasyon ng Kagawaran mula sa nagbibigay ng serbisyo na pagtulong kaugnay ng wika. Ang serbisyo na pagtulong kaugnay ng wika ay libre. Kung kailangan ninyo ng dagdag na impormasyon tungkol sa mga serbisyo kaugnay ng pagpapaliwanag o pagsasalin, mangyari lamang tumawag sa 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), o mag-email sa: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.
Уведомление для лиц с ограниченным знанием английского языка: Если вы испытываете трудности в понимании английского языка, вы можете попросить, чтобы вам предоставили перевод информации, которую Министерство Образования доводит до всеобщего сведения. Этот перевод предоставляется бесплатно. Если вы хотите получить более подробную информацию об услугах устного и письменного перевода, звоните по телефону 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (служба для слабослышащих: 1-800-877-8339), или отправьте сообщение по адресу: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.