Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
When considering if you should apply for DACA, keep in mind that DACA is NOT the DREAM Act. DACA does NOT provide a path to citizenship. However, DACA does provide you with relief from deportation and a work permit, which can be renewed every two years for the continuation of the program. As of June 2015, over 1,200,000 cumulative applications for initial and renewal requests have been received and processed by USCIS.
What is DACA? DACA provides temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for individuals who meet the following requirements:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching their 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.
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To answer your questions about DACA, check out these Frequently Asked Questions page put together by Own the Dream: http://www.weownthedream.org/faq/
You can also check out the American Immigration Council link to better understand DACA’s education requirement. If you live in San Diego and need to enroll in a GED program to qualify for DACA, check out our education resources page for information on applying to, attending, and paying for college.
Renewing your DACA
The renewal forms are out! Sign up to Own the Dream’s DACA Renewal Network and receive customized alerts on how and when to renew your DACA at http://unitedwedream.org/dacarenew/. You can also check out our DACA Renewal page for more information.
Life After DACA
Have you already received Deferred Action (DACA) and your work permit? Check out what the next steps are at our Life After DACA page, which include information on how to:
- Apply for a Social Security Number
- Apply for a California I.D. and driver’s license
- Apply for Medi-cal
- Obtain information to file taxes
- Renew your DACA
- …and much more!
DACA Assessment Sessions and DACA clinics
The San Diego Dream Team offers free sessions in San Diego where we provide information on understanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), assess if you might qualify for DACA, and scheduling an appointment at a free DACA Clinic (if you qualify for DACA). At DACA clinics, we provide one-on-one assistance with filling out your DACA application and have lawyers on site for free guidance on your application!
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The San Diego Dream Team offers FREE presentations and workshops in San Diego county. Our presentations include information on: What is DACA? Who qualifies for DACA? How can I apply for DACA? What should I do after I have been approved for DACA? We also provide free one-on-one assistance with DACA applications. Our presentations and workshops continue to attract a number of audiences, including but not limited to- DACA-eligible youth, parents, teachers, counselors, community organizations, churches, and schools.