Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Philadelphia’s nonprofit immigration legal service providers, HIAS Pennsylvania, Nationalities Service Center and Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, have joined with PICC, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and community partners, to form the Philadelphia Deferred Action Network (P-DAN).  PICC is hosting a Coordinator to work with P-DAN partners to conduct outreach to eligible community members, provide screenings and referrals to legal assistance, recruit pro bono attorneys and ensure swift processing of applications.   Call (215) 832-3482 to speak to the Coordinator of the Philadelphia Deferred Action Network regarding eligibility, access to legal services, or to schedule an information session.

Upcoming Deferred Action Information Sessions and Legal Clinics 

If you are unable to attend an information session that is scheduled, please contact the Deferred Action Coordinator, Maria Sotomayor, at 215-832-3482 for more information. 

Information Session and Legal Clinic in Bucks County 

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm (Information Session); April 15, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm (Legal Clinic)
Location: Our Lady of Fatima, 2915 Street, Road, Bensalem, PA 

Please contact Maria Sotomayor for an appointment for DACA legal Clinic on April 15, 2014 

Please contact Maria Sotomayor for more information and screening for eligibilityfor Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 215-832-3482 or  

DACA Renewal Information 

To renew your DACA you:

  • Must have been present in the US on and after August 15, 2012
  • Must resided continuosly in the US from the time of initial request for DACA until present time.
  • Only those who were granted advance parole may reapply if they left the country after August 15, 2012

How to prepare?

  • Start saving for application and biometric fees $465
  • Make sure the information in the initial DACA request is consistent with the renewal information. You should have a copy of your first DACA request saved in a safe place. Applicants who applied with an attorney should ask for copy of their application.
  • You may file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a copy of your initital application. More information available at
  • Applicants who were still in school or in process of GED completion must gather evidence to show proof of enrollment or completion 
  • Those with arrests, citations, or criminally charges must gather evidence of contacts with the law enforcement or courts

When to apply?
Can apply for DACA renewal 120 days before the date of current DACA and employment authorization document expires

What forms to Use: 
Form I-821D, Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, and Form I-765WS worksheet. An updated version of Form I-821-D must be used for renewal and will be available in the next few months. All DACA recipients must fill out all questions except designated "For Initial Request Only". All forms must be submitted to USCIS 

What is the Cost of Renewal?
Same as initial request of $465. $380 application fee and $85 fee for biometrics. All DACA renewal applicants are required to submit new biometrics 

If your renewal is denied?
If your case involves offences, fraud or threat to national security your case will be referred to ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement).

If you no longer apply for DACA?
After your DACA expiration date has expired you will no longer be able to work in the country legally. If you do not wish to renew your DACA, please contact an immigration attorney or legal service provider to learn about any temporary or other immigration reliefs you might be eligible for.

For further information check the National Immigration Law Center DACA Renewal Q & A

Important DACA Resources

Free Mobile App "Pocket DACA" a project by the Own the Dream Campaign
Pocket DACA allows potential DACA applicants to do quick screenings, find legal assistance, resources and the latest DACA news.  
Download your Free Pocket DACA App on your smartphone or tablet today! 

The American Immigration Lawyers Association explains how Pocket DACA works, check out this how-to video 

Interactive Online Screening and Application Interview by Own the Dream Campaign
Watch the video, get started with your online screening, if you appear to be eligible you can continue to the second part, your answers will fill out your application forms. You will be able to print your filled-in forms and instruction on how to request DACA. 

Don't lose your DACA! Thanks to the DACA Renewal Network you can sign up today for this free and easy renewal reminder before your DACA expires, you will also receive updates about renewal process in upcoming months. 

DACA Survey 
Are you a DACA recipient? or did not qualify for DACA? US resident/LPR/no status? Please help scholar Eliel Acosta with his senior thesis, he is gathering information regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Note- You may choose to stop at any time.  

DACA Scholarships

TheDream.US Scholarship, a National Scholarship fun to help DACA recipients to obtain a college education and give back to their communities. 

Volunteer Attorneys

We have several pro-bono trainings scheduled for attorney's interested in assisting DACA applicants in Philadelphia and the surronding counties. Please contact Maria Sotomayor at or 215-832-3482 if you are interested.

Eligibility for Deferred Action
You may request consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals if you:
  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came tothe United States before reaching your 16th birthday
  • Have continously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request considerationof deferred action with USCIS
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
  • Are you currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completition from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
  • You must also be at least 15 years or older to request deferred action, unless you are currently in removal proceedings or have a final removal or voluntary departure order.

For more information about DACA, see the flyers below or call (215) 832-3482 for help in English or Spanish. Telephone interpretation services available for all other languages.