Information on DACA
USCIS is accepting initial DACA requests from first-time applicants.
Effective December 4, 2020, USCIS is accepting DACA first-time requests.
To be eligible for DACA, a person must:
- Be born after June 15, 1981;
- Arrived to the United States before their 16th birthday;
- Have been physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and when applying for DACA;
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 until the present;
- Meet certain educational requirement or were honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces; and
- Have not been convicted of certain crimes
Individuals who are interested in applying for the program should consult a legal service provider to see how they can prepare and file a request. To find a legal service provider in your area, visit: https://bit.ly/ianimmhelp. UCR students can email USP@UCR.EDU to request the appointment link for UCR's immigration attorney.
USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewals
UCR students can email USP@UCR.EDU to request the appointment link for UCR's immigration attorney.
USCIS will accept Advance Parole for educational, employment, or humanitarian reasons.
However, due to limited capacity, the UC Immigrant Legal Service Center is not currently assisting with advance parole (study abroad) request in an effort to prioritize the high volume of DACA applications. Please follow us on our social media platforms for updates on when UCILSC is able to assist with advance parole and current community resources available. We hope we will soon gain the capacity to take on AP applications, so please follow our social media for updates on upcoming webinars.
DACA and Your Education
Undocumented Students that meet the AB 540 requirements are eligible for state and institutional aid through the CA DREAM Act. CA DREAM Act allows undocumented students that are eligible for AB540 to receive aid such as Cal Grants, UCR Grants, the DREAM Loan, and scholarships from UCR.
Again, eligibility to state and institutional financial aid is not based off a student’s DACA status.