On July 16, 2021, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the DACA program is unlawful. This means that you can apply for DACA if you have never applied before, however USCIS will not issue a decision, so your DACA application will not be approved or denied. Consult with an attorney or DOJ accredited representative to explore the best option for your case.
This ruling means:
- If you have a pending initial DACA application, USCIS cannot approve your application for the time being
- If you currently have DACA, your status is still valid and you can apply to renew
Begin preparing your documents should another DACA decision occur and be sure to speak to an attorney or DOJ accredited representative about your options!
Eligibility – You may request DACA for the first time if you:
- Were born on or after June 15, 1981
- Came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday
- Continuously lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 to present
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Are currently in school or GED or have graduated from high school or GED
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or 3 or more misdemeanors
Proof of Identity – One valid form of I.D.:
- Birth certificate and photo I.D.
- Any national I.D. from your country of origin with photo and/or fingerprint
- Driver’s license
- Any school-issued I.D. with photo
Proof you came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday – One of the following:
- Passport with admission stamp or DHS document with entry date
- Form 1-94 or 1-94W (arrival records)
- School transcripts
- Travel records (i.e. tickets demonstrating your arrival into the U.S.
- Hospital or medical records
Education Requirement – Demonstrate your student status:
- Currently in school or GED: school records or enrollment record
- Graduate: diploma, GED certificate, or transcripts with graduation date
Demonstrate continuous presence in the U.S. – gather documents with your name & date for each month since June 2007:
- School transcripts
- Cell-phone bills
- Utility bills
- Medical records
- Bank statements
- Mortgage records
- Leases or loan docs
Have you ever been arrested?
Obtain a certified disposition
if you do not currently meet the education requirement, enroll in a GED program
Save funds to apply:
The USCIS fee for DACA is $495