The DACA Program: Who Are DREAMers?

By Ella Bergquist September 5, 2017 (Updated December 13, 2021) 3 min. read

Thousands of kids are brought to the US each year by parents wanting to give themselves and their families a better life. Sometimes, these families come to the US illegally which causes problems for many children who later become adults. In fact, as of March 2020, 1.8 million immigrants were eligible for the DACA program but 800,000 were enrolled.

What Is DACA?

The DACA program also referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was created to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as kids. The program does not grant them official legal status or a pathway to citizenship, but it does allow them to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit. Those enrolled in the DACA program are called “DREAMers.”

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DACA Requirements

There are a few requirements that would allow an individual to gain protection under the DACA program. These individuals must:

How To Apply for DACA

If you are seeking to be a part of the DACA program, you must follow the following steps!

  1. Complete a Form I-821D and Form I-765
  2. Submit your application
  3. Submit your supporting documents
  4. Pay the assosciated fees ($495 USD)
  5. Schedule and attend your biometrics appointment

Supporting Documents for DACA Processing

There are a number of supporting documents that applicants must submit to prove their eligibility for the DACA program. These documents include:

Can I Renew My DACA Status?

To renew your DACA status, you must complete another Form I-821D, Form I-765, and meet the following conditions:

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