Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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General Information about DACA

On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama announced a new program that may benefit undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. On August 15, 2012, the government began accepting requests for the new benefit, now referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA”.

DACA-eligible individuals can now submit requests for deferred action and work authorization, valid for two years and granted on a discretionary case-by-case basis. You may be eligible to request 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 lived in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present;
  • 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 or 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.

Forms and more information about DACA are available on the USCIS website.

Remember to check frequently for new FAQs from USCIS.

Download our advice leaflet here. (PDF) (1342 KB)

There are numerous potential risks associated with an application for DACA or any other form of immigration relief. Don’t make any assumptions about your eligibility!
Get legal counseling before applying and beware of “notarios.”

Do You Need Help Applying for DACA?

If you or someone you know would like to become a client, please call 503-542-2855 at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month to schedule a consultation appointment. If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 503-542-2855 at any time.

To obtain more information about DACA, please attend one of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services’ free presentations at the following locations and times:

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A Catholic Charities representative will contact you within two weeks to let you know whether we are able to staff your request. Catholic Charities does not guarantee that we will be able to meet all requests.


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