In June 2012, the DACA Initiative was announced by the Department for Homeland security. DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows certain individuals, who meet specific guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from USCIS. Individuals who receive deferred action will not be placed into removal proceedings or removed from the United States for a specified period of time unless terminated. If you receive deferred action, you may be eligible for employment authorization. This allows young people that were brought to the United States as children, who do not present a risk to the national security or public safety, to be considered for deferred action and work authorization.
Can I be considered?
- You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday.
- You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15 2007, up to the present time.
- You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, and do not otherwise pose a threat.
- You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained your certificate from high school or earned your GED , have obtained an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed forces of the United States.
- You were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS.
Below are some helpful resources to help you understand more of the process and benefits of this program.
The process of Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. (attached pdf should be a link)
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, run by the Department of Homeland Security, can provide access all the required forms to apply for DACA, as well as a description, guidelines and eligibility criteria.
DREAMer resources can also connect you with workshops, community presentations, and legal clinics specifically targeted towards those interested in learning more about DACA.
What are DACA students eligible for?
DACA students are not able to apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). However, other funding may be available for DACA students.