DACA is an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a federal policy that protects over 800,000 young people, known as DREAMers, who entered the United States unlawfully as children.
The DACA program protects eligible young people from deportation and allows them to confidently pursue their dreams and make meaningful contributions to society here in America.
What are the benefits of being a DREAMer?
Filing for protection under DACA provides many opportunities and protections. Some benefits for DACA DREAMers include:
- Being protected from deportation
- Getting a social security card and driver’s license
- Build a credit profile and get a credit card
- Legal working papers for a job with healthcare benefits
- Eligibility for some forms of financial aid for higher education
Who is eligible for DACA?
DACA has strict eligibility requirements. Some that applicants must meet include:
- An immigrant up to age 31
- Unlawfully entered the United States before their 16th birthday
- Lived continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007
- Born on June 16, 1981, or after
- Physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at request for consideration of deferred action with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- Is enrolled in school, completed high school or a GED, or has an honorable discharge from the U.S. armed forces
- Never convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and does not pose a threat to national security or public safety
Filing for DACA status can protect you from deportation and allow you to freely pursue your American dreams.