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. To learn more about the Dream Act, click here.
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.
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
A national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights.
- Immigrant Impact
Updates on DACA/DAPA
- National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA)
DACA Resource page.