Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA


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Fee for Service

Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines below may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization.

Those eligible to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals:

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion 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; and
  7. 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.

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DACA Process and Application Assistance

Schedule for Deferred Action Application Process
Groups/Individual Group Session take place at Catholic Churches in the Diocese
Prescreening and Final Application fee – $450
6 – 8pm
Sept. 12 Salinas, Sacred Heart
Sept. 26 Salinas, St. Mary
Sept. 30 King City, St. John
Oct. 17 Paso Robles,
St. Rose of Lima
Nov. 6 Soledad,
Our Lady of Solitude
9am – 1pm & 3 – 7pm
Oct. 6 Salinas, St. Mary
Nov. 17 Salinas, St. Mary
6 – 8pm
Jan. 9 Gonzalez, St. Theodore
Feb. 14 Hollister, Sacred Heart
Mar. 20 Santa Cruz,
Our Lady Star of the Sea
April 1 Seaside, St. Francis
April 27 Watsonville, Assumption
May 7 Salinas, St. Mary
June 5 Arroyo grande,
St. Patrick
July 11 Greenfield, Holy Cross
9am – 1pm & 3 – 7pm
Jan. 19 Salinas, St. Mary
Feb. 23 Salinas, St. Mary
April 6 Salinas, St. Mary
May 18 Salinas, St. Mary
July 20 Salinas, St. Mary

Catholic Charities is a BIA Accredited Agency

Individual appointments at all our offices – $450

Call 831-422-0602 to schedule an appointment.
For an appointment in SLO call 805-541-9120

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