Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Secretary of Homeland Security announced on June 15 of 2012 that individuals who had arrived to the United States as children and met the specific criteria, can request deferred action for up to two years and be able to renew. Furthermore, individuals who are granted deferred action are also able to request for work authorization. Deferred action does not grant an individual lawful status, but rather defers the individual from being removed from the country for a specific period of time.

Who can apply for 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, meaning that:
    • You never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012, or
    • Any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had expired as of 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.

USCIS Filling Process

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services has a step by step guideline on how to apply for DACA, the legal forms needed to be completed, applicant requirements, fee exemptions, and travel information.

Do you have additional Questions?



Educators for fair consideration includes a list of frequently asked questions about the benefits individuals gain after receiving DACA, clarifications about having a criminal record, international traveling, deportation etc.

Additional resources for DACA

Step by Step DACA Application Process

Renewing DACA?

United We Dream: DACA Renewal Network

United We Dream provides a DACA Renewal Network, in which upon registration, an individual gains access to a personalized DACA renewal plan, free “Do-It Yourself” online DACA application tools by lawyers, as well as legal help on DACA fees and more.

USCIS DACA Renewal Process

National Immigration Law Center: DACA Renewal

Own the Dream: Dream University

Know Your Rights

Workplace Rights Webinar Follow up Materials & Resources

A Fact sheet that includes workers’ rights, resources against discrimination on the job, and forms (W-4, I-9 and applying for a social security #) provided all in English and Spanish.

Know Your Rights Card (Tarjeta de sus derechos)

United We Dream Know your Rights card

The Know Your Rights Card is available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and English

Immigrant Rights by Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Immigrant Rights fact sheet provided in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Willamette University

Undocumented and DACA Students

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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