DACA Overview

Important Message for DACA Applicants and DACA Recipients

September 4, 2017

Attention DACA Applicants and Recipients:

We understand that there is a lot of confusion and questions surrounding DACA. EBSC staff is waiting for the Administration to make their official announcement, after which, we will update our website with further information and communicate with our DACA clients over email. If you have changed your email address, please send an email to: daca@eastbaysanctuary.org with your full name and date of birth.

In the meantime, if you have urgent questions, please call: 510-540-5296 or email: daca@eastbaysanctuary.org.

Until further announcements are made, please read over the following information from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and share with your friends, family, and community.

Thank you.



Atención a los solicitantes y beneficiarios de DACA:

Entendemos que hay mucha confusión y preguntas alrededor de DACA. El personal de EBSC ​​está esperando que la Administración haga su anuncio oficial, después de lo cual actualizaremos nuestro sitio web con más información y nos comunicaremos con nuestros clientes de DACA por correo electrónico. Si ha cambiado su dirección de correo electrónico, envíe un correo electrónico a: daca@eastbaysanctuary.org con su nombre completo y fecha de nacimiento.

Mientras tanto, si tiene preguntas urgentes, llame al: 510-540-5296 o correo electrónico: daca@eastbaysanctuary.org.

Hasta que se hagan nuevos anuncios, lea la siguiente información del Centro de Recursos Legales para Inmigrantes y comparta con sus amigos, familiares y comunidad.




What is EBSC’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program?

EBSC began developing its DACA program immediately after DHS announced that it would be providing relief for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and have attended school in the United States. Since that time, EBSC has helped numerous DACA beneficiaries obtain Employment Authorization Documents in individual and group settings.

If you are seeking legal assistance related to DACA, please fill out the following form to attend one of our workshops:


Details about your case will not be shared outside of EBSC without your written permission.

Does EBSC Charge a Fee For DACA Assistance?

At this time, EBSC does not charge for initial or renewal DACA services.  EBSC has received funds to cover $495 fee to USCIS.

Note: The information provided below is not meant to be legal advice. Before seeking any immigration benefit and at all times while in Removal Proceedings contact an attorney or an organization licensed by the Board of Immigration Appeals. 

Who Does the EBSC DACA Program Help?

EBSC assists all potential DACA beneficiaries determine whether they qualify for DACA protection.

An Immigrant qualifies for DACA if:

  • They entered the United States before turning 16-years old.
  • They were age 30 or under on June 15, 2012.
  • They have been living in the United States since June 15, 2007 until now.
  • They were in the United States on June 15, 2012.
  • They are currently attending High School, graduated from High School, or obtained their GED in the United States.
  • They entered without inspection or were not in a valid immigration status on June 15, 2012.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or most misdemeanors.

What Should I Bring to My DACA Appointment?

You should bring all documents in your possession. In particular, you should bring:

  • Your birth certificate
  • Any Identification cards you may have, no matter who issued them.
  • All of your passports, valid and expired.
  • Your transcripts from every school attended
  • Any records which will help prove you have been in the United States for the last five years (although EBSC will help determine which records will prove this).
  • Any criminal records in your possession.
  • Two passport photos.
  • A check or money order payable to USCIS for $495.

Are There Other Limits I Should Be Aware Of?

Yes. There are many limits for the DACA program, including criminal limits, gang affiliation limits, and other national security limits. An EBSC staff member or volunteer will thoroughly review your case to ensure you qualify for DACA.

If you have been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you are NOT eligible for DACA.

Will This Lead To Permanent Immigration Status in the United States?

Currently, no. Congress must fix the Immigration laws and pass the DREAM Act in order for most DACA beneficiaries to obtain permanent status in the United States.

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