Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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.

President’s Announcement

The president announced that he had ordered DACA to be repealed on September 05, 2017.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.

What do Dreamers need to do?

​All new applications for DACA protection will no longer be considered. Applications to renew DACA for permits expiring any time between September 05, 2017 to March 05, 2018 will be processed. These applications must be submitted by or before October 05, 2017.​

Additional Resources

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:

SF Office of Civic Engagement & Immigration Affairs

@Mission High School
3750 18th Street San Francisco CA 94114

Saturday, September 23, 2017 1PM to 5PM

Register here or email at
***They have confirmed they will have someone onsite who will assist with ASL interpreting. They request that Deaf applicants email and let them know so they are ready to interpret.

East Bay Community Law Center

2921 Adeline Street Berkeley CA 94703 (one block from Ashby BART)

Thursday September 28, 2017 4PM to 7PM

Call 5105484040 to make an appointment.
Visit site for more information

International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

39155 Liberty Street Suite D450 Fremont CA 94538

Mondays September 18, 2017 and September 25, 2017 915AM to 1PM Walk-in Clinic
***IIBA has seven offices. Check to find which office to go to.

Additional Clinics

Check 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.

DACA Fund Loan
Mission Asset Fund has established the DACA Renewal Fund to provide loans for DACA applicants who need financial assistance when renewing their DACA permit. Apply here.
DCARA is here to help you!
DCARA’s Advocates are available to provide document translation, language advocacy, communication advocacy, and peer support. Contact DCARA by videophone 510-343-6670 or email to be connected with an Advocate. If you need help finding a clinic or want an Advocate to work with you please contact DCARA.
DACA renewal applications MUST be submitted before or by October 05, 2017 in order to be accepted and processed.​
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