The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows young people who were brought to the United States without authorization to apply for employment authorization and a temporary legal status. Unfortunately, there are strict eligibility requirements, and DACA itself does not lead to a permanent legal status. DACA holders must renew their status periodically. The renewal process is much simpler than the initial application, if the circumstances of the applicant have not changed.


  • Age:
    • Must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
    • Must have come to the United State by the age of 16
  • Continous residence:
    • Must have lived in the United States continuously since June 14, 2007 until the present time;
    • Must be present in the United States at the time of application;
  • Education:
    • Must be currently in school –or–
    • Must have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school –or–
    • ¬†Must have a general education development (GED) certificate –or–
    • Must be an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  • Criminal History:
    • Must not have been convicted of any felony charges, significant misdemeanors, or three or more misdemeanors charges;


  • I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
  • I-765WS, Worksheet


  • $495 for Form I-821D u0026amp; Form I-765;


  • Proof of your identity with your photograph, like a passport, immigration documents, school identification card, etc.;
  • Proof you came to U.S. before your 16th birthday
  • Proof of immigration status, if any;
  • Proof of presence in U.S. on June 15, 2012 and proof you continuously resided in U.S. since June 15, 2012;
  • Proof of your student status at the time of requesting DACA;
  • Proof you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S., if necessary;


  • Submit your petition to USCIS
  • Receive USCIS receipt notice
  • Receive USCIS biometrics notice and attend appointment
  • If approved, receive employment authorization card in the mail