Note: The information on this page is not intended as legal advice and is for general information only. People seeking individualized legal advice should contact an immigration attorney or a BIA accredited representative.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) began on June 15, 2012. On that date, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals who came to the United States as children may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

Some benefits of deferred action may include:

  • work authorization
  • driver’s license
  • new job
  • first bank account
  • first credit card

5 DACA tips for every NYC resident

  1. You can obtain free assistance with immigration questions (DACA or other) from CUNY Citizenship Now!
  2. If you need classes as part of the education requirements for DACA, visit one of the 14 CUNY Adult Literacy Programs.
  3. Many organizations provide free assistance to immigrants to learn more about DACA. See the list of helpful websites below.
  4. Protect yourself from immigration fraud. Get help from the New York State Attorney General.
  5. You can get help with the DACA application fee. Learn about the NYC Dreamer Loan Fund.

CUNY student Antonio Alarcon shares his immigration experience. Read his editorial in The New York Times here.

Watch this video from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to learn more of the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process.