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

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

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.: 

  • 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