On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years. It can be renewed. See Eligibility. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action means a person with DACA would not be deported during the two-year period. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; [Born after June 15, 1981.]
- Came to the United States before 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;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Filing Process for DACA
If you meet the guidelines for DACA, you will need to complete the following steps to apply to USCIS (per USCIS.gov website):
Who Can Renew
You may request a renewal if you met the initial 2012 DACA guidelines and you:
Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole (government permission);
Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved;
Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Please have your application reviewed by an immigration attorney or BIA representative. See link on home page for local attorney list.
When to Renew
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 DACA approval notice and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Filing during this window will minimize the possibility that your current period of DACA will expire before you receive a decision on your renewal request.
Since March 27, 2015, USCIS has been mailing renewal reminder notices to DACA recipients 180 days before the expiration date of their current period of deferred action.
Loans are available to DACA applicants for the filing fee of $495 for
the DACA loan. DACA applicants must live in Skagit or Whatcom counties in
Washington State to be eligible for a loan. Applicants in San Juan and
Island counties (Washington State) could also qualify.
Loans are available through the North Coast Credit Union offices in Skagit and Whatcom counties of Washington State.
DACA Loan Checklist
- Verification of Legal Review form needs to be signed by listed immigration attorney or BIA rep from Mount Vernon or Bellingham on the Skagit Immigrant Rights Council/CCS FIS immigration list. Contact us for this list of attorneys who can sign that you are eligible for DACA and the loan.
- Take original ID of person applying for loan – photo ID preferably – to North Coast Credit Union office. Parent must sign for applicant under 18. Find office at https://northcoastcu.com/ under About Us.
- Go to the NCCU office. Open an account with at least $5.00 cash. They will help you fill out the application form.
- Once you are eligible a loan will be set up and a check printed up for $495 to USCIS with your name.
- Pay back loan in 12 months with payments of about $41. These payments will be withdrawn from your savings account, so be sure you have at least $50 in your savings account when each payment is due. (With at least five extra dollars to keep the account open, but you can begin saving and earning interest on your account so the money is there when you need to make a loan payment.)