To be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you must meet the following requirements:
- You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;*
- You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;**
- You 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;
- You entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You are currently in school (including a literacy or career training program), have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) or TASC certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- You 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.
*On November 21, 2014 President Obama announced that applicants 31 and over as of June 15, 2012 will be eligible to apply for DACA. Applications from individuals 31 and over are not yet being accepted. More information available soon.
**On November 21, 2014 President Obama announced that applicants who have continuously resided in the United States since January 1, 2010 will be eligible to apply for DACA. Applications from individuals whose continuous residence began after June 15, 2007 are not yet being accepted. More information will be available soon.
For help determining whether you are eligible for DACA, the nonprofit organization Own the Dream has created an easy-to-use self-screening tool. Click on the button below to use the self-screening tool, or download Own the Dream’s Pocket DACA app for your mobile device from the Apple iTunes App Store or the Google Play app store.
You can also see the guidelines in pictures on the USCIS website.