National Immigrant Justice Center
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60604
DREAMer Resource Hub
- Legal help & free clinics
- Eligibility for Deferred Action
- Renewing DACA
- Questions about Deferred Action for DREAMers
- Application fee assistance & scholarships
- GED information
- Resources for those who have received DACA
- Government updates
- Immigration fraud
- Other resources
Attend one of NIJC's free legal clinics for immigrant youth and get help completing and filing your deferred action application. 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.
Starting this summer, NIJC will hold special clinics for those renewing DACA.
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.
Not in Chicago? These sites will help you find qualified legal help near you:
At DREAMerJustice.org individuals can complete a self-assessment to determine if they are eligible for deferred action and find qualified legal service providers to help with their application.
What we know so far about renewing DACA:
The form and process for renewing DACA is still not final, but a recent update by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. The final form should be published in late May and when it is, 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 ever been in immigration court before, you will need to submit new documentation relating to that. Starting this summer, NIJC will hold special clinics for those renewing DACA.
To receive updates about this process as we have more details and for information about free DACA renewal clinics, sign up for our DACA email list.
Earlier this year, USCIS published a guidance that applies to a small percentage of DACA recipients, those who were granted DACA by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from June 15, 2012 until August 15, 2012.
Have questions about Deferred Action for DREAMers?
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
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.
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
DACA and Your Workplace Rights, National Immigration Law Center
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: