What Is the DACA Checklist

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is currently an available option for those who qualify. There is a DACA Checklist that should be followed. Currently, President Trump has not done away with the program, nor do we know if he is going to. New applicants may not want to apply or decide it is too risky but if you are considering it, here is some information. Do not, however, apply without first speaking with an attorney.

Childhood arrivals are immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, but did not obtain the necessary documentation to live here. Those who qualify must meet the eligibility requirements and provide the necessary documentation to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A DACA checklist can be helpful in understanding whether they qualify for the program.

Know Your Legal Immigration Status

Many people who were childhood arrivals may not know that they are in the U.S. without legal documentation. It is essential for people to find out their current status so that they may take the appropriate action. Those who are undocumented must have legal authorization to remain in the country. DACA provides an option for these immigrants. All immigrants are required to carry their documentation with them at all times or they could risk detainment or deportation.

Important Checklist for DACA Eligibility

Only those who meet the eligibility requirements are allowed to apply for DACA. Some of the important applicant criteria include:

  • Must be born after June 16, 1981
  • Arrived in the United States before age 16
  • Has lived in the U.S. continuously for the past 5 years
  • Must have been in the U.S. Since June 15, 2012
  • Must currently be enrolled in school, graduated from school, or equivalent
  • Has not been convicted of a felony crime or several misdemeanors
  • Does not pose a national security threat
  • Must be at least 15 years old

If you do not meet these criteria, you will be denied DACA. Some situations may be complex, so it is advisable to get assistance and clarification from a qualified immigration attorney.

Proof of Eligibility Must Be Provided

In conjunction with your DACA application, you must submit proof of eligibility. Proof includes a variety of documentation such as:

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • School or military photo ID
  • S. immigration documents
  • Official school records
  • Immigration document showing entry date
  • Travel records
  • Hospital records
  • Employment pay stubs
  • Receipts
  • Religious records

It is important to gather the necessary documentation together before submitting the application. Some records may be difficult to obtain, but they may be needed to prove elements of your request. If you have any questions or concerns about filing for DACA, contact the experienced legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to discuss your case.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding DACA Checklist, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.