This guide provides general information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Deferred ActionOn June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced 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. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.
EligibilityYou may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals 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;
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.
Filing ProcessIf you meet the guidelines for DACA, you will need to complete the following steps to make your request to USCIS:
1. Complete I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
2. Submit proof of Identity
3. Submit proof you came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday
4. Submit proof of your immigration status
5. Submit proof of presence in U.S. on June 15, 2012
6. Submit proof you continuously resided in U.S. since June 15, 2007
7. Submit proof of your student status at the time of requesting DACA
8. Submit proof you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.
Mail the applicationSee the mailing instructions for Form I-821D. Include the required forms, fees and supporting documentation with your filing. Remember to carefully follow instructions and fully complete your forms. USCIS will not accept incomplete forms or forms without proper fee. USCIS.