Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
DACA is an executive order that protects certain individuals from deportation, allows them to apply for a work permit, and opens the door to other opportunities such as applying for a social security number, buying a house, opening a business, and even traveling abroad through Advanced Parole.
Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) for a period of two years, subject to renewal for a period of two years, and may be eligible for employment authorization.
- 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;
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012, meaning that:
-Never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012*, or
-Any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had 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 Educational 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, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
What is the current state of DACA?
USCIS is currently not processing new DACA applications but is accepting Renewal Applications and Advance Parole.
Legal Fee Grants
The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles has partnered with the Los Angeles Community College District to fund a grant program to provide DACA and Advance Parole Fee Assistance to students going through the DACA application program. The $495 and $575 grants do not have to be paid back. LACCD students can apply through an online application and will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants:
- Must be a currently enrolled student at an LACCD campus
- Must be a student applying for or renewing a DACA Application or applying for Advance Parole
- Must demonstrate financial need
How to qualify:
Complete an application with CARECEN staff member
Provide any additional information requested by CARECEN staff member, to confirm your eligibility
Please know that, if awarded, the Legal Service Provider will issue a check and mail the complete application on your behalf to USCIS.
Being deemed a charge to the government is a reason that a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the United States. Some public benefits will qualify someone as being a public charge BUT not all.
There are public benefits programs that do NOT trigger public charge and are safe to use. To figure out whether public charge even applies to you, meet with our lawyer to discuss your case.
This is a list of public benefits that do not affect you. Public Charge Safe to Use List