What is DACA?
DACA is a program where certain individuals may qualify for deferred immigration action and work authorization. The deferred action is for a period of two years and may be renewed.
As of January 2017 there are approximately 800,000 people in the DACA program. The majority are in their 20’s and arrived into the country when they were 10 years old or younger.
The president announced that he had ordered DACA to be repealed on September 05, 2017. This meant that Congress has 6 months to make a decision regarding the Dreamers’ immigration status. Congress could choose to pass the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) or develop a new immigration program that would allow for permanent legal residency.
Dreamers are individuals who arrived into this country without documents and are currently protected in the DACA program.
There are many clinics/legal services/immigration services offering DACA renewal services. These clinics will work with applicants to complete all paperwork correctly, put together required documents, and submit the paperwork. The application fee is $495 per application.
Each clinic may have their own requirements. Do check with the clinic to find out what you need to bring before going to your appointment.
Below is some of the clinics that are happening soon:
Check ImmigrantInfo.org for the events calendar for information about other citizenship clinics, DACA workshops, and other immigration-related events.
READY California also lists workshops and DACA clinics for immgrant communities.