Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Process

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.

In the first DACA initiative of its kind in the nation, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) nearly $14 million in City Council funding to support community-based organizations providing DACA-eligible New Yorkers with legal, literacy and outreach services. DYCD is partnering with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and the Young Men's Initiative in identifying those communities who would benefit from DACA and helping to ensure they are directed to resources in their area.



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.