Apply For DACA
On June 18, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court announced that the Trump administration's decision to terminate DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in 2017 was unlawful. This means that DACA survives (for now). My office and I are ready to assist eligible individuals. To learn more or get help, contact my office at (202) 225-9897 or submit a casework form here.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
- DACA recipients continue to be protected from deportation and will continue to benefit from work authorization;
- The government will continue accepting DACA renewal applications; and
- The government MAY now begin accepting DACA applications, from first-time applicants and accepting applications for Advance Parole (requests for travel for education, employment, or humanitarian grounds).*
- It is unclear whether the government will accept new initial applications and/or take action in compliance with the decision to terminate DACA again.
WHAT IS THE CRITERIA TO APPLY FOR DACA?
- Thirty (30) years old or younger as of June 15, 2012,
- Entered the United States before the age of sixteen (16)
- Physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
- Currently in school;
- Have graduated from High School or obtained GED; or
- Honorably discharged from the military.
- Have not been convicted of a felony or serious/multiple misdemeanor or pose a threat to the national security of the U.S.
WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED TO BEGIN THIS APPLICATION PROCESS?
- Birth Certificate
- Copy of government-issued identification (i.e. passport, consular ID)
- Two passport photos
- High School Diploma, GED, or proof of current enrollment in school
- Documentation establishing a presence in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Documentation establishing a physical presence in the U.S. from June 15, 2007, through the present (need multiple documents for each year).
- Certified Criminal Records (if applicable)
- Payment to Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $495.00
- Legal fees paid to an immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative