Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On June 2012, the Department of Homeland Security formally announced an initiative that allows young people that were brought to the United States as children, who do not present a risk to the national security or public safety, to be considered for deferred action and work authorization.
Can I be considered?
- You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday.
- You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15 2007, up to the present time.
- You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
- You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012.
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, and do not otherwise pose a threat.
- You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained your certificate from high school , have obtained an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed forces of the United States.
- You were present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS.
Below are some helpful resources to help you understand more of the process and benefits of this program.
Skagit Immigrant Rights Council- A great site on how to access local resources and find out more information on how to begin the DACA application.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA ... A very good site with questions and answers for those that qualify for DACA.
http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Humanitarian/Deferred%20Action%20for%20Childhood%20Arrivals/daca-consider.pdf – A pdf that visually demonstrates the process of Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
http://www.uscis.gov – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, run by the Department of Homeland Security. Here you can access all the required forms to apply for DACA, as well as a description, guidelines and eligibility criteria.
http://www.nwirp.org – In addition to a large amount of DREAMer resources, this website can also connect you with workshops, community presentations, and legal clinics specifically targeted towards those interested in learning more about DACA.
Funding to pay for DACA application:
- North Coast Credit Union- DACA loans are available in Skagit and Whatcom Counties to help students pay for their DACA application. The NCCU will give you a check for $465 made out to the “Department of Homeland Security.”
Up to $250,000 in loan funds available for qualified DACA applicants. For more information: Skagit County 360-428-1779, Whatcom County 360-733-3982, and Toll Free-1-800-696-8830
What are DACA and Undocumented students eligible for?