General Information about Deferred Action
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a dedicated webpage with information on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process, including official policy memoranda, immigration forms, filing instructions and frequently asked questions ("FAQs").
The nonprofit organizations listed below have resource pages and helpful information for individuals who may qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Immigration Council
Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
National Immigration Law Center
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
United We Dream
United We Dream
United We Dream is a network of youth-led immigrant organizations around the country that works to achieve equal access to higher education for all people, regardless of immigration status. Click here to sign up for the DACA Renewal Network and receive custom alerts and timely information.
Can you help someone apply for DACA? We are looking for volunteer lawyers and accredited representatives. We offer training and technical support.
Immigration Law Help
An online interactive directory of nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
A directory of lawyers who have been members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for at least 2 years and who are licensed and in good standing with their state bar association, have completed certain legal education requirements, and who carry malpractice insurance.
National Immigration Project's Lawyer Referral Directory
A directory of attorneys who are members of the National Immigration Project, a national non-profit and membership organization that provides legal assistance and technical support to immigrant communities, legal practitioners, and advocates working to advance the rights of noncitizens. For additional attorney members, please contact the National Immigration Project directly.
This website is a public service of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and provides information to consumers about avoiding people who are not lawyers and who are not qualified to provide legal advice or fill out immigration forms.
USCIS Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law Initiative
Information from USCIS on how to avoid falling victim to immigration service scams.
USCIS Form for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
This is the form to request Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
USCIS Instructions for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
These instructions explain how to fill out the form for Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
USCIS Employment Authorization Application
This is the form to apply for permission to work.
USCIS Form I-765 Worksheet
This is the form to send with the "USCIS Employment Authorization Application." It is a simple worksheet to help you prove you need to work to support yourself.
USCIS Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
This is the form for email or text receipts on the request for Deferred Action.
Finding Out About Your Background
If you have had any contact with law enforcement or immigration authorities, or you have filed or been included in someone else's immigration application, you should have a qualified immigration lawyer or BIA accredited representative request and review these records before applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This information can help you decide if applying for deferred action under this program is safe and smart for you.
FBI Criminal Background Check
This website provides information to individuals who want to request a criminal background check. A criminal background check can provide information about an individual's criminal history in the United States, as well as certain immigration-related arrests.
State Criminal Records
This website provides contact numbers, websites and information to help individuals obtain a criminal record from any state in the United States.
These are loans and scholarships for DREAMers who cannot afford the DACA fees. Most are for people who live in a particular city or region. Carefully review the costs and terms of borrowing money.
DREAMer Loan Program (Los Angeles, CA)
A loan program for LA County residents who become members of the Pacoima Development Federal Credit Union.
DREAMer Loan Fund (New York, NY)
A loan fund for New York City residents, supported by donors, foundations and local credit unions.
Dreamer Loan (San Francisco and the Central Valley, CA offices)
The Self Help Federal Credit Union offers a one year loan at locations in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley.
Dreamer Loan (Chicago, IL)
The Self Help Federal Credit Union offers a one year loan at locations in Chicago. To apply or for more information call 773-277-8500.
DREAMer Deferred Action loan at Family Federal Credit Union (Wilmington, CA)
A loan program for California residents who become members of the Family Federal Credit Union.
Guadalupe Credit Union (New Mexico) Dreamer Loan at Cooperativa Latino Credit Union (North Carolina)
Guadalupe Credit Union offers small life-events loans to members who live in New Mexico.
CLCU offers loans to help Dreamers pay DACA fees.
Dreamer Lending Circles at Progress 21 (Seattle, WA) Dreamer Loan at Innovative Changes (Portland, OR)
Progress21 organizes lending circles of Dreamers to help pay for DACA fees. They advance the funds, and dreamers pay it back monthly while building their personal credit history. Lending circles are interest free.
Offers installment loans to help Dreames pay DACA fees.
Dreamer Loan at Fitzsimons Credit Union (Aurora, CO)
Fitzsimons Credit Union offers a DREAMer Loan to cover the costs of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application.