Application notes for graduate and professional applicants who hold DACA status

Below are instructions for answering citizenship questions on the various graduate and professional applications Ohio State accepts.

Important

  • DACA applicants are welcome at The Ohio State University. If you have questions about the application process, contact Graduate and Professional Admissions.
  • DACA applicants are initially listed as international applicants but do not have to submit proof of English proficiency. Contact us if you're asked for this requirement in error.
  • If eligible, DACA applicants may be considered Ohio residents for tuition purposes. Once you have submitted your regular or supplemental application, email proof of your DACA status to the University Registrar. Proof of DACA status can be a copy of the I797 Notice of Action approving the I821D or your case number/USCIS Alien Number.

Instructions for Ohio State's regular application

Most programs use Ohio State's regular application. When you apply, answer application questions in the Citizenship section as follows:

  • Country of citizenship: Click the magnifying glass to select your country of citizenship.
  • Citizenship status: Select "None of these."
  • Visa/Immigration information: Select "I have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or I am in the process of seeking DACA approval.”
  • Address Outside the USA: An international address is required. For “I am requesting an I-20 or DS 2019," select “No.”

Instructions for most business programs

Most business programs use the application provided by the Fisher College of Business. When you apply, answer these application questions as follows:.

  • Citizenship status: Select “Foreign citizenship.”
  • Country of citizenship: Select your country of citizenship from the pull-down menu.
  • Visa/Immigration information: Select "I have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or am in the process of seeking DACA approval.”
  • I currently hold a U.S. visa: Select “None.”
  • It is required that you answer yes to “I am requesting an I-20 for F1 visa” or that you select an “Intended Visa Type.” Contact Graduate and Professional Admissions if this does not accurately describe your visa status when you attend Ohio State.

Instructions for programs using an application service

Some programs use an application service along with, in most cases, Ohio State's supplemental application. (The supplemental application is emailed to you after you have completed the application for your discipline.) Answer questions in the Citizenship section as follows:

  • Country of citizenship: Click the magnifying glass to select your country of citizenship.
  • Citizenship status: Select "None of these."
  • Visa/Immigration information: Select "I have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or I am in the process of seeking DACA approval.”
  • Address Outside the USA: For “I am requesting an I-20 or DS 2019," select “No.”

Instructions for law

The JD law program uses an application service. You can discuss your DACA status in your application. Answer questions in the Citizenship section as follows:

  • Citizenship: Select "Non-resident alien."
  • Country of primary citizenship: Select your country of citizenship from the pull-down menu.
  • Visa type: Ignore the optional “Visa type” question.