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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 please come to EBSC’s office immediately to inquire about our programs. The DACA program has two means of assistance: one-on-one processing for complex cases, and group processing for simple cases.Please contact our DACA cooridinator, Shiori, for more information, a one-on-one appointment, or group processing dates. No person, aside from you and your intake counselor, will ever hear any details about your case without your expressed permission.
Does EBSC Charge a Fee For DACA Assistance?
California residents do not need to pay for DACA assistance.
Qualifying Oakland residents further do not need to pay USCIS DACA fees.
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 $465.
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.