BREAKING NEWS: The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, June 18th that DACA can stay for now! Click here to set up a phone appointment to renew your DACA or submit a first-time application

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DACA Program Staff

General: daca@eastbaysanctuary.org

Shiori Akimoto
shiori@eastbaysanctuary.org
Text: 510-859-4553

Brenda Gomez
brenda@eastbaysanctuary.org
Text: 925-587-6053

Yoshira Mendes
yoshira@eastbaysanctuary.org
Text: 707-395-7113

DACA Renewal Appointment

You can renew your DACA if you have received DACA approval in the past, even if it has been expired or terminated by USCIS.

We especially encourage you to renew soon if your DACA expires within a year or it has already expired and you have not submitted your renewal application form. We also encourage our DACA clients with a previous removal/deportation order OR administratively closed removal/deportation proceedings to renew ASAP regardless of the current expiration date. You cannot renew your DACA if you have a pending DACA renewal application.

If you wish to make an appointment please fill out our DACA appointment request form. Our staff member will contact you via text message to set up a phone appointment. 


DACA First-time applicants

You may qualify for DACA if you:

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 (Born on or after 06/16/1981;
  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. Had no lawful status on 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, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Click here to request an appointment. Click here to see a list of documents you will need for your first-time DACA application.


Q: How does the Supreme Court decision affect me? Should I apply for or renew my DACA?

A: We encourage everyone to make an appointment with EBSC for a consultation to apply for or renew their DACA if it expires within a year. Click here to request a phone appointment today!

Q: Can you pay for my DACA application fee?

A: Unfortunately, we do not have funds right now to pay for the filing fee. However, you can get a no-interest loan to pay for your fee from our partner organization, Mission Asset Fund. There is also a matching fund if you live, work, or study in San Francisco. Click here to learn more.

Q: Why is EBSC providing appointments for first-time DACA applicants even though USCIS has not announced it will accept first-time applications?

A: First-time DACA applications often take a long time to prepare, especially for clients who are older or clients with complex cases. We are providing appointments now so we can start preparing cases and have them ready to mail as soon as USCIS resumes application processing.


Q: As a DACA recipient, can I apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI)?

A: Yes. As long as you had a valid work permit during the base period (a base period is a specific 12-month term the EDD uses to see if you earned enough wages to establish a UI claim) and will stay valid while you’re receiving benefits. (This is another reason why it’s  so important to renew your DACA)

Q: Will applying for Unemployment Insurance negatively affect my current or future immigration application? Also, a receipt of Unemployment Insurance considered a receipt of public benefits?

A: No. UI is not considered public benefits therefore it will not affect your current or future immigration applications negatively.

If you have questions about public benefits, such as Medi-Cal, Food Stamps, and Cal-WORKS, please contact Shiori Akimoto by email or text message.

More questions? Please send them to daca@eastbaysanctuary.org.