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DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Since the 2012 announcement and enactment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for deportation relief, Hope has been helping young people gather and organize required documents and complete their applications for Deferred Action.

The immigration department at Hope CommUnity Center offers occasional “clinics” during which we offer help with the DACA application; please follow us on Facebook or sign up on our home page to receive updates by e-mail to find out when we will hold the next clinic.

All the documents that applicants will need to gather are listed below on this page.

Important: Obama’s Recent Changes to DACA Are Not Yet In Effect!

In November of 2014, the following changes were announced in the DACA program, but it is important to remember that the changes have not yet taken effect:

  • Extended the renewal period to 3 years for Deferred Action and employment authorization. (Currently, the period is only two years.)
  • Changed the cut-off date for arrival in and continuously living in the United States to Jan. 1, 2010. (Currently, the cutoff date is June 15, 2007.)
  • Eliminated the maximum age for qualification. (Currently, the maximum age is 31.)

These changes were scheduled to take effect in February, 2015, but were delayed by the action of a judge in Texas, who placed an injunction (a temporary halt) on the deportation relief proposed by these Executive Actions. Further information is expected soon, as this issue is still in the courts. Until this issue is settled, the original DACA rules are still in place.


Start collecting the necessary documents to prove:


  • Birth certificate translated into English
  • Passport or Consular ID (Matricula Consular)
  • School ID card

Arrival in the U.S. before age 16

  • Passport with admission stamp
  • Form I- 94/I-95/I-94W
  • School records, including Student Profile Detail
  • Medical records, including immunizations

Having lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 or January 1, 2010, depending on your case

  • Rent receipts, lease documents, real estate title, mortgage documents
  • Employment and medical records
  • Official school records or certificates
  • Official records from a religious entity confirming your participation in a religious ceremony or from a community organization confirming participation.
  • Insurance policies
  • Tax return
  • Receipts from banks accounts, credit cards, money orders, other remittances.
  • Bills or receipts for lights, water, telephone, club membership, etc.
  • Certificates of marriage or of birth of children born in the U.S.

 Student status at the time of application

  • High school diploma or Certificate of Completion
  • GED Certificate

Application Fee: The current cost for application for work authorization is $465. (There may be other expenses.)

Note: To submit your application for DACA, you must be at least 15 years old at the time of application.

For more information, contact Beth at

Hope CommUnity Center

1016 North Park Ave.

Apopka, FL 32712

407-880-4673, ext. 226 or 238