Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a form of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth, who came to the United States when they were children, from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.
You might qualify if:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
- Came into the U.S. before the age of 16
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
- Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012
- Your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
- You are currently in school or have graduated
- You are or have obtained a GED (General Education development)
- You have not been convicted of felony, significant misdemeanor, and do not pose a threat to national security
DACA Renewal Process
- To begin the renewal process, please make an appointment with the closest Catholic Charities immigration office. The list of immigration offices can be found on the immigration page.
- USCIS strongly encourages you to submit your DACA renewal request between 150 days and 120 days before the expiration date located on your current Form I-797 .
- USCIS Cost: $495 (Check made payable to Department of Homeland Security)
- 2 Passport size photographs must be included with the renewal.
- There is a $40 Catholic Charities fee for assistance with the process.
USCIS strongly encourages you to submit your DACA renewal request between 150 days and 120 days before the expiration date located on your current Form I-797.