Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On June 15, 2012 the Department of Homeland Security formally announced that it will offer deferred action to "DREAMers." For all the promising undocumented youth who call America home this represents the opportunity to come out of the shadows and fully embrace the only country they know.
Eligible individuals must:
- Be 15-30 years old, and have entered before age 16
- Have been present in the U.S for 5 years as of June 15, 2012
- Have maintained continuous residence
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or multiple minor misdemeanors
- Be currently in school, graduated or have a GED, or is an honorably discharged veteran
Below are some helpful resources to help you understand more about the benefits and risks of this program, and to find out if you are eligible to apply for DACA relief.
The rules and regulations can get pretty complicated and overwhelming, but don’t let that scare you away from researching this option! If you have questions, contact the Multicultural Academic Support Center and make an appointment. We can provide you with resources to help you succeed.
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 relief, as well as a fairly broken down description of the program’s rules and eligibility criteria. Click here to go straight to the DACA page.
www.immigrationequality.org –this website is a fantastic resource for all immigration related legal issues. It contains an amazing glossary that explains all the legal jargon which can make navigating immigration law so confusing. In addition, it contains resources for obtaining legal help, LGBT immigrant specific issues, employment-based visas, and much more! In particular, however, this website has a wonderful DACA section that answers almost any question you can think of regarding the program. To go straight to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals FAQ click here.
http://www.e4fc.org/home.html - another amazing website with a wealth of information. This organization focuses specifically on the support of undocumented students. For those looking into DACA, their Step-By-Step Guide for DREAMers is a must-see, as well as their Beyond Deferred Action Guide. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals FAQ on this site may answer some of the questions not addressed in the websites above.
https://dreamerjustice.org/ - This is a very neat online tool to help you determine whether or not you are eligible for DACA relief.
- 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.