Initial Dreamer DACA applications will now be accepted due to the recent US Supreme Court case on DACA.
President Obama created a policy whereby some childhood arrivals to the United States will qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Some people also refer to this as the ‘Dream Act’ though it is not the Dream Act. If your application is approved, you will receive a work permit valid for 2 years.
- USCIS charges $495 for this application.
- You will need to prove that you entered the USA before your 16th birthday.
- You must have been under 30 years old on June 15, 2012.
- You will need to prove continuous residence in the USA from June 15th, 2007 to present and prove that you were in the USA on June 15, 2012.
- You will need 2 passport style photos, photo identification, and some type of national identity document.
- You will also need your high school diploma or Ged certificate. You may also show that you are currently in school or a ged or other alternate school program.
If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime or have pending charges, you may be ineligible and you should seek the advice of an attorney before filing your application.
You may request 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;
- Had no lawful status on 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,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
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, as summarized in the table below:
|I have never been in removal proceedings, or my proceedings have been terminated before making my request.||At least 15 years old at the time of submitting your request and under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.|
|I am in removal proceedings, have a final removal order, or have a voluntary departure order, and I am not in immigration detention.||Under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, but you may be younger than 15 years old at the time you submit your request.|
Timeframe for Meeting the Guidelines
You must demonstrate
|That on June 15, 2012 you||As of the date you file your request you|
Education and Military Service Guidelines
|Your school or military status at the time of requesting DACA||Meet education or military service guidelines for DACA|
| I graduated from:||Yes|
|I am currently enrolled in school.|
See the Education section of the FAQs for a full explanation of who is considered currently in school.
|I was in school but dropped out and did not graduate. I am not currently in school and am not an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.||No|
|I am an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.|