GET OUR DACA
Our DACA brochure will tell you how to apply for DACA the first time and how to renew if you already have it. It is available in both English and Spanish
People who believe they may be eligible for deferred action should be wary of immigration scams. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Don’t get tricked or cheated! Read these webpages — www.uscis.gov/avoidscams and www.stopnotariofraud.org — before you seek legal help.
NOTE: Some of the information available from this webpage may not reflect changes made to the DACA program when U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" about DACA on June 15, 2015. To be notified about new DACA-related developments, subscribe to our "Immigration Issues" email list.
APPLYING FOR DACA (THE FIRST TIME)
President Obama announced on June 15, 2012, that the U.S. Dept. Homeland Security would not deport certain DREAM Act–eligible undocumented youth. Under a directive from the secretary of DHS, these youth will be given temporary relief called “deferred action.” More information is available in this FAQ created jointly by NILC and United We Dream.
This FAQ answers questions mainly about applying for DACA for the first time.
When you apply for DACA, you may have to provide evidence that an educational program in which you are currently enrolled meets the "of demonstrated effectiveness" standard described in USCIS’s “Frequently Asked Questions” about eligibility for DACA. Submitting a filled-out “Demonstrated Effectiveness Questionnaire” with your DACA application can help you do this. You will need to fill out part of the questionnaire and get an administrator of your educational program to complete the rest of it and sign it. You and the school administrator should read the instructions before filling out the questionnaire.
APPLYING TO RENEW DACA
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a revised Form I-821D, the DACA application form, along with new application instructions. The instructions cover both applying for DACA for the first time and applying to renew DACA. These answers to frequently asked questions regarding the DACA renewal process are based on what we know so far. The information presented is intended primarily for people applying to renew DACA, and for legal service providers and organizers.
This FAQ answers questions mainly about applying to renew DACA.
For those who currently have DACA, the date by which they need to apply to renew it and their employment authorization document (EAD) is quickly approaching. These are some tips to keep in mind when preparing to renew DACA.
Are you planning to apply to renew your DACA and wondering when you should send your renewal application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)? This handy calculator will help you decide.
On June 15, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made changes to its “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which is published at www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-process/frequently-asked-questions. The changes pertain to the DACA renewal process and are summarized in this issue brief.
If you have submitted your renewal application but are concerned because your DACA and work authorization have expired or will expire before your DACA is renewed, consider following the steps described in this publication to get information about your renewal application's status and, if appropriate, to ask U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process your renewal more quickly. (Coauthored by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.)
After You Have DACA
Life After DACA 101
This guide and webinar explain some of the steps you may want to take after your DACA application is approved, including how to get a Social Security number, how to transfer ITIN to SSN, how you can travel with advance parole, getting a driver's license or ID, and renewing your DACA before it expires. (These two links take you to United We Dream's website. You can find other "life-with-DACA" resources in the Dream University section of UWD's website.)
- Guide — Life After DACA 101
- Webinar — Life After DACA 101: Essentials
DACA & DRIVER’S LICENSES
NILC continually reviews state policies that affect DACA recipients’ eligibility for driver’s licenses, focusing on whether DACA recipients fit within the current laws and policies governing issuance of licenses. This is a work in progress, which we are refining as the policies evolve.
DACA & HEALTH CARE
The Obama administration released two official policy announcements on August 28, 2012, that affect the eligibility for federal health care programs of individuals granted deferred action under the “deferred action for childhood arrivals” (DACA) request process.
DACA & WORKERS' RIGHTS
This FAQ is intended to answer your questions about DACA (the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) and your workplace rights, and to provide information that may be helpful when you apply for and after you’ve been granted deferred action under DACA.
DACA & TAXES
The Affordable Care Act, the law that created Obamacare, requires most people in the United States to have health insurance, or claim an exemption from the requirement to have health insurance, or pay a penalty when they file their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (the U.S.’s tax agency, which most people know as “the IRS”) calls this rule the “individual shared responsibility provision.” It is also sometimes called the “individual mandate.”
This FAQ answers questions about what DACAmented and undocumented immigrants should know about the Obamacare tax penalty rule when they file their taxes.
Taxes & DACA: What do I need to know?
A webinar, a guide, and other information about tax-related issues DACAmented people need to be aware of, especially when they go to file their income tax returns. (These links will take you to United We Dream's website.)
ACCESS TO EDUCATION
The resources available from our Access to Education webpage include the "Improving Access to Postsecondary Education for Immigrant Students" toolkit, which includes information about tuition equity (eligibility for "in-state" tuition), scholarships, and financial aid.
Published by the American Federation of Teachers and compiled by United We Dream’s DREAM Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP), Own the DREAM, NILC, and AFT.
JULY 9, 2015 — The National Immigration Law Center, the Center for American Progress, and Tom K. Wong of the University of California, San Diego, conducted a national survey to analyze the economic and educational outcomes of DACA recipients. The survey is part of a broader ongoing study by Wong called the Administrative Relief Impact and Implementation Study. The results add to a growing body of research that illustrates how DACA significantly affects recipients. A full 96 percent of respondents are currently employed or in school. Many are getting better, higher-paying jobs than they had before they received DACA. They are buying cars at high rates, and many are pursuing educational opportunities previously unavailable to them.
AUGUST 15, 2014 — DACA has been a successful program and should be expanded to enable millions more people who live in the U.S. to fulfill their dreams. Between August 2012 and March 2014, 673,417 applications for DACA were filed and 553,197 were approved. We now have a better understanding of what happens when an immigrant group is provided with the ability to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation. Sixty percent of respondents to a survey said they secured a new job after receiving DACA, 57 percent obtained a driver’s license, and 49 percent opened their first bank account.
Information & Resources from Partner Organizations
Includes important documents related to the policy and program’s establishment: memorandums, letters, etc. Also includes links to recordings of a Migration Policy Institute event in which the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services discusses the DACA request process and policies that USCIS announced to implement DACA.