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What Is DACA- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

Watch a Video on DACA- (4:45 min long) https://youtube.com/watch?v=rVaF4XySQXA


You may request DACA if you:

1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
4. 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;
5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
6. 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; and
7. 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.

Age Guidelines

Anyone requesting DACA must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. You must also be at least 15 years or older to request DACA, unless you are currently in removal proceedings or have a final removal or voluntary departure order.

Free DACA Form Completion Assistance

East Los Angeles Service Center & CARECEN
133 N. Sunol Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90063
Free Application assistance available every 1st Thursday of the month
Applicant must make appointment in person.

Florence Firestone Service Center& CAREC.EN
7807 S. Compton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90001
Free Application assistance is available every 4th Thursday of the month
Applicant must make appointment in person.

San Gabriel Valley Service Center & Advancing Justice
1441 Santa Anita Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733
Free Application Assistance is available every 3rd Wednesday of the week
Applicants must call to make an appointment at:

CHINESE: (800) 520-2356
KHMER: (800) 867-3126
KOREAN: (800) 867-3640
TAGALOG: (855) 300-2552
THAI: (800) 914-9583
VIETNAMESE: (800) 267-7395
ENGLISH/SPANISH: (213) 241-0240