Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Immigrant Youth

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, President Obama, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, announced a new plan to assist undocumented youth. The plan states that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. On June 5, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that DACA recipients could request to renew their deferred action for an additional two years; this extension will change to three-year increments effective November 24, 2014.

DACA is basically a decision by the Department of Homeland Security not to try to remove (deport) someone who does not have a legal right to stay. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his plan to use executive authority on immigration policy. President Obama's original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was expanded, and the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum with guidance on the new policies. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications under the new criteria no later than ninety (90) days after November 20, 2014.

Who qualifies?

Individuals who:

  • 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;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status 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, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

How do I apply?

A step by step guide is available at the Educators For Fair Consideration website.

Resources - General Internet Sources

California Dream Network
Includes a tab devoted to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles 
Features clear and thorough video instructions for completing DACA forms

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

Web site resources include:
Toolkit on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - Click on DACA Guide underneath home page slideshow banner

DACA information for speakers of Korean

United We Dream 
Sign up for DACA updates

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services 
Official government Web site

We Own the Dream 
Deferred Action Eligibility Screening Tool for All States

Local Resources and Application Assistance

API (Asian Pacific Islander) Legal Outreach 
2121 Junipero Serra Boulevard
Daly City, CA 94014
(415) 567-6255

Coastside Hope 
Provides citizenship and immigration services
The Coastside Hope staff are bilingual (English/Spanish) and have deep and longstanding connections to the Coastside.  
99 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, CA
(650) 726-9071

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto 
2117-B University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 326-6440

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) 
San Francisco based organization
Maintains a mailing list
Web site includes clear step-by-step guide
Mailing address:
E4FC 2130 Fillmore Street, #248
San Francisco, CA 94115

International Institute of the Bay Area 
Redwood City Office
2600 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area 
Free Deferred Action Fair: Public Event
Saturday, September 29, 2012
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
LCCR in partnership with Centro Legal de la Raza and Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) with support from Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP will host a FREE DEFERRED ACTION FAIR on Saturday, September 29th, 10-4 @ St. Anthony's Parish; 1535 16th Ave., Oakland.

Facebook Page for Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

Immigrant Youth

There are a number of resources available for immigrants, refugees, and unaccompanied minors: