Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


DACA History

DACA gives young undocumented immigrants:
1) protection from deportation, and
2) a work permit.  

DACA does not grant a path to permanent residency or citizenship.

"On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status".
- Quoted from USCIS webpage


Eligibility Requirements 
Jan. 13, 2018, Update: 
Due to federal court orders, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. For more information, visit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction.

Guidelines for Eligibility

*This was the original criteria for DACA, however, as of September 5th, 2017, no new DACA applications are being accepted.

You may request DACA if you:   

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;  
  4. 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;
  5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  6. 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
  7. 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.



Introducing No-Cost Immigration Legal Services

El Camino College in collaboration with CHIRLA is proud to announce no-cost legal services available to students, staff and faculty. You can book an appointment to meet with CHIRLA legal services online. After scheduling an appointment an attorney from CHIRLA will contact you at the scheduled time for a full consultation. 

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For information on DACA Renewals please click here.