National Immigrant Justice Center
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60604
DACA Resource Hub
- Legal help & free clinics
- Renewing DACA
- Questions about DACA
- Application fee assistance & scholarships
- GED information
- Resources for those who have received DACA
- Government updates
- Immigration fraud
- Other resources
On February 16, a Texas judge ruled to delay President Obama's executive action on immigration. This decision does not affect those who have DACA under the original program or DACA renewals. This is a temporary delay and NIJC is confident this decision will be overturned. We encourage the community to continue preparing for expanded DACA and DAPA. More information about how to prepare here.
Attend one of NIJC's free legal clinics for immigrant youth and get help completing and filing your deferred action application. Starting this summer, NIJC will also hold special clinics for those renewing DACA. Most of our clinics are in Chicago, but we occassionally offer them in other cities. Download a basic FAQ about our clinics and check our calendar for upcoming clinic dates.
NIJC offers legal consultations for DREAMers and their families at our Chicago office by appointment every Wednesday. Call (312) 660-1370 or email us to make an appointment.
There are also other low-cost legal service providers in the Chicago area. Here is a list.
Not in Chicago? These sites will help you find qualified legal help near you:
What we know so far about renewing DACA:
The form and process for renewing DACA was finalized on June 5, 2014. You should file your renewal application between 120 to 150 days before your current DACA expires. USCIS will reject any renewal applications filed more than 150 days before the DACA expiration date. You will not need to submit as much evidence to renew DACA as you did to apply for it initially, but if you have been arrested recently or have been in immigration court since receiving DACA, you will need to submit new documentation relating to that. This summer, NIJC will hold special clinics for those renewing DACA.
Sign up for one of NIJC's DACA clinics for renewing or first-time applicants.
United We Dream launched a neat free service called the DACA Renewal Network that will send you personalized reminders and notifications about your DACA renewal application timeline.
Have questions about DACA?
How Do I Request Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals?, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Also in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese)
Frequently Asked Questions about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Six Reasons to Consider Applying for DACA, Educators for Fair Consideration
Guide for DREAMers Applying for DACA, Educators for Fair Consideration
How Will DACA Help Me?, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
DACA and Your Workplace Rights, National Immigration Law Center
Need help paying for the application fees and/or education costs?
The Anhelo Project, Spring 2014 DREAM Scholarship (Chicago only; deadline February 28, 2014)
The Immigrant Youth Justice League’s facebook page has frequent updates on financial assistance programs, as well as scholarships targeted at DREAMers.
The student Access to College and Career-Education for Statewide Success (ACCESS) bill would allow undocumented students to apply for scholarships in four-year public universities in Illinois and allow equal education opportunities for all. Encourage your representative to support the student ACCESS bill by calling 217-782-2000.
Learn more about getting your GED:
Already have DACA? Here are some helpful links:
Life After DACA: Obtaining a Social Security Number, Transferring Your Credit History, and Rescinding your ITIN, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Applying for a Social Security Number, Social Security Administration
Documents needed to apply for an Illinois driver's license, Illinois Secretary of State
You can find updates from the government about the policy here:
Learn more about unauthorized legal practitioners and how to avoid them:
Here are other organizations and sites that have resources for DREAMers: