Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


The Immigration Center for Women and Children is proud to assist immigrant youth applying for Obama’s DACA

President Obama’s Administration announced on June 15, 2012 that younger immigrants may apply, starting August 15, 2012, for “Deferred Action” and work authorization for two years with the possibility to renew that authorization at the end of the two years. Deferred Action is temporary relief from deportation or removal action. This policy is not the DREAM Act, however it is intended to reach the same demographic that the DREAM Act might cover.  This policy is not a permanent fix and does not grant permanent legal status to anyone.

You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals 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. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of 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, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Would you like help applying for DACA?

ICWC provides single session appointments to provide both an initial consultation and self-representation assistance for those completing a DACA application. These appointments are scheduled by telephone at the first available appointment during our regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. Please call one of our offices below for an appointment.

DACA Appointment Requirements

1. Fees

  • *$300 for self-representation assistance in completing an initial DACA application, if you bring all required documentation to the legal clinic (by cash or money order payable to “ICWC”)
  • *$200 for self-representation assistance in completing a renewal DACA application (by cash or money order payable to “ICWC”)
  • $465 government filing fee per application (money order only payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”)

2. Required Documents

  • Please complete the Live Scan Service Request form and take it with you to your local DOJ Live Scan location for fingerprinting.
  • Please complete the  DACA Initial Screening form and bring it to the clinic with you.
  • IMPORTANT!! Please see the list of  Required Documents for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that you MUST bring to the clinic in order to be served.

3. No children under 15 years old are permitted at the clinic.

  • You must find your own childcare, if necessary.

*If you have a criminal record or complications in your physical presence, we may offer you individual representation after your initial consultation.  The legal fee for such representation will depend on the complexity of your case.  If you have no such issues, you may not need individual representation, but we can provide you with a consultation and assist you only with completing the application. 

Los Angeles Office
634 S. Spring St., Suite 727
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel: 213.614.1165
San Diego Office
427 C Street, Suite 208
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619.515.2200
San Francisco Office
3543 18th Street #32
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: 415.861.1449

Updated as of January 4, 2014