Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA)
Keep in mind that DACA is NOT the DREAM Act. DACA allows undocumented immigrants an opportunity to work and not worry about deportation. Applications can be renewed every two years.
You are eligible for DACA if you:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Individuals can call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 with questions or to request more information on the deferred action for childhood arrivals process or visit www.uscis.gov.
For DACA resources, click on the links below:
- Dreamer Assistance Network (through SDIRC)
Holds free DACA application workshops and sessions throughout San Diego County. North County location is at MiraCosta College.
Information for applying, life after DACA, general information, and advocate information.
- Finding Legal Help
Find free or low-cost legal immigration services provider by zip code.
- Paths to Legal Status
Information about DACA
Resources for Undocumented Students
- Resource Guide for Undocumented Students
- Legal Resources for Dreamers
- Life After College Booklet
- E4FC – Educators for Fair Consideration
- Scholarship Links
- University of California – Undocumented Student Resources
- California State University – Dream Act site