Deferred Action



From the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC): Post-Election Information & Resources on DACA

This resource includes details about the risks involved in applying for or renewing DACA, what the future holds, and what immigrants can do

10 Reasons to Apply for DACA

  1. DACA has both immediate AND long-lasting benefits that may help if a new immigration law passes.
  2. As a DACA beneficiary, you are:
    • Protected from arrest
    • Protected from detention and deportation
  3. You are eligible for DACA without a high school diploma.
  4. If you have been working with a made-up social security number (SSN), there are benefits to getting your own SSN. Some benefits include:
    • Ability to access and claim your hard-earned federal retirement dollars later in life.
    • Access to services, such as unemployment compensation or disability benefits.
    • Protection from identity theft
    • Possibilities to start a line of credit.
  5. Unable to afford the $465 DACA application filing fees? There are many resources and ways to pay, including free/low-cost legal services.
  6. DACA will allow you to travel abroad!
    • With DACA, some people will be allowed to safely travel and return to the U.S. with Advanced Parole. Travel authorization will only be allowed under certain circumstances, including study abroad connected to an educational degree.
  7. With DACA, new job opportunities may be available that may not have been before.
    • Some states are allowing DACA recipients obtain the required Physician and Surgeon’s License to become a medical doctor.
  8. Going through the DACA application process can also bring to light your eligibility for other immigration remedies.
    • It has been found that 25% of individuals who are potentially eligible for DACA are also eligible for other permanent immigration remedies: By consulting with an immigration attorney, you will not only find out whether you’re eligible for DACA but also possibly learn about remedies that can lead to a permanent lawful status.
  9. DACA beneficiaries are NOT a priority for ICE and future deportation seems unlikely.
    • People with DACA are among ICE’s lowest priority cases for deportation as long as they continue to meet DACA eligibility requirements.
  10. DACA beneficiaries under 18 years of age will NOT accrue “unlawful presence.”
    • Undocumented children approved for DACA before turning 18 will not accrue “unlawful presence” as long as they participate in the program. Unlawful presence is the time during which someone is present in the United States without permission.
    • Why do I want to avoid accruing “unlawful presence?”
    • It can prevent otherwise qualified individuals from gaining lawful permanent residency or being able to return to the United States after traveling abroad.