Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, President Barrack Obama announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. DACA is not a law and does not provide lawful status.

PLEASE NOTE: After President Barrack Obama's announcement of the Administrative Relief Plan on Immigration, new guidelines have been set for DACA. We are currently updating information on this administrative relief, as it becomes available. We recommend visiting the adminrelief.org website. You can also take a look at the Powerpoint presentation created by Admin Relief.org.

Guidelines

You may request DACA if you:   

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;  
  4. 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;
  5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  6. 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
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Age Guidelines

Anyone requesting DACA must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. You must also be at least 15 years or older to request DACA, unless you are currently in removal proceedings or have a final removal or voluntary departure order (check website for situations).

More information can be found at the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Applying/Renewing DACA

  • Please view the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for more information.
  • For assistance, please visit James Astorga, our legal fellow, during his drop in hours or visit the Immigration Law Clinic.
  • DACA Renewal calculator