Office of the University Registrar

Eligible Non-Citizens

Permanent U.S. Residents

Upon final approval for Permanent Resident immigrant status, students are eligible to apply for Washington State residency if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Application for adjustment to Permanent Resident immigrant status (I-485) was filed at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter of application.
  2. Established bona fide domicile (with the exception of registering to vote). Reference Residency Requirements.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival)

Upon final approval for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, students are eligible to apply for Washington State residency if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Application for adjustment to DACA status (I-821D) was filed at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter of application.
  2. Established bona fide domicile (with the exception of registering to vote). Reference Residency Requirements.

Students must provide a copy of the I-797 notice, issued by USCIS, verifying approval of DACA (I-821D). The Employment Authorization Card (EAC) or I-797 notice of approval for the EAC (I-765) will not suffice.

See example of the I-797 notice of approval of DACA (I-821D).

Note for all DACA students: When completing the Residence Questionnaire, students should note “DACA” at the top of their form. For section 1, students may disregard questions 5a, 5b, and 5c by checking “No” in each box.

Qualifying Visas

Students may apply for Washington State residency for tuition and fee purposes if:

  1. Students are on an A, E, G, H, I, K, or L.
    and
  2. Meet all requirements listed under Residency Requirements (with the exception of registering to vote).

Dependents (spouse/child) of a qualifying visa holder is eligible to establish bona fide domicile. See: Qualifying Visas.


DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is current as of 03/05/2018.  The University of Washington reserves the right to update or remove this page as necessary for clarity and/or to reflect changes to residency law or university policies.  This website is intended as guidance only and students are advised to refer to the Washington state laws on residency for current statutes and additional information.  See RCW Chapter 28B.15WAC Chapter 250-18, and WAC Chapter 478-160.

The UW Residency Classification Office will administer residency determinations in accordance with the current law at the time of application.