Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a memorandum authored by the Obama Administration on June 15, 2012. It directs specific government agencies (ICE, CBP & USCIS) to practice prosecutorial discretion towards some individuals who immigrated illegally to the United States as children. In a nutshell, it allows certain individuals to apply for a stay of deportation and obtain a work permit for a two-year period. However, the granting of deferred removal action does not confer lawful immigration status, alter an individual’s existing immigration status, or provide a path to citizenship. For more information, please see http://e4fc.org/resources/deferredaction.html
PLEASE NOTE: DACA and the CA Dream Application are two separate programs with specific eligibility criteria for each program. You should NOT wait to get your DACA approval before applying for the DREAM or vice-versa. You should pursue each program separately in order to meet all necessary deadlines. For further questions , please review our DACA vs DREAM flyer. DACA students are eligible to work as student assistants on campus at SF State.