Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
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:
|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.||Yes|
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more detail on school-related guidelines.
If you meet the guidelines for DACA, you will need to complete the following steps to make your request to USCIS.
|Collect documents as evidence you meet the guidelines.
You will need to submit supporting documents with your request for DACA. You can submit legible copies of these documents unless the instructions specify you must submit an original document.
|Examples of Documents to Submit to Demonstrate you Meet the Guidelines
Please see the instructions (PDF, 293.72 KB) to Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, for further details on acceptable documentation.
|Proof of identity||
|Proof you came to U.S. before your 16th birthday||
|Proof of immigration status||
|Proof of presence in U.S. on June 15, 2012||
|Proof you continuously resided in U.S. since June 15, 2007|
|Proof of your student status at the time of requesting DACA||
|Proof you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.||
Client Sign Up
This is to sign up to be a client for DACA. The attorney fee and filing fee are combined $1,200.00. If you sign up you will first receive a fee agreement. Once that is completed you will receive a questionnaire, list of documents and a bill for $600.00. The first half of the fees.
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