Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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General Information about DACA

On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama announced a new program that may benefit undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “DACA”. DACA-eligible individuals can submit requests for deferred action and work authorization, valid for two years and granted on a discretionary case-by-case basis. You may be eligible to request deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • Have lived in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present;
  • 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;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Are currently in school or 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 have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Forms and more information about DACA are available on the USCIS website.

Remember to check frequently for new FAQs from USCIS.

Download our advice leaflet here. (PDF) (1342 KB)

Do you need help applying for DACA for the first time?

If you or someone you know would like to become a client, please call 503-542-2855 at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month to schedule a consultation appointment. If you are a victim of domestic violence, call 503-542-2855 at any time.

Renewing DACA Status

You should apply to renew your DACA status 120 to 150 days (4-5 months) before your work permit expires. Catholic Charities offers workshops as well as individual help to renew DACA. Please fill out this registration form and either email or mail it to us and we will contact you within one week.

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
2740 SE Powell Blvd., Suite #2
Portland OR 97202


There are numerous potential risks associated with an application for DACA or any other form of immigration relief. Don’t make any assumptions about your eligibility!
Get legal counseling before applying and beware of “notarios.”


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