On December 7th, 2020 USCIS announced it will officially:

  • begin accepting DACA applications for first-time applicants
  • keep accepting DACA renewal applications
  • start accepting applications from DACA grantees for advance parole
  • extend to two years any DACA protections and work permits it had granted for one year

​For a list of organizations accepting DACA consultations please visit our Get Help page or https://www.icirr.org/daca.

Preparing for DACA:

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.: 

  • Passport 
  • 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 

GED Courses:

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