Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) is a vital immigration program. It allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, called Dreamers, to live and work in America. DACA status keeps Dreamers free from the constant threat of deportation to unfamiliar countries. In 2017, the Trump Administration ordered USCIS to stop accepting new DACA applications.
This week, a federal judge in New York ordered the U.S. government to accept new DACA applications, vacating the Trump Administration’s order freezing DACA. USCIS subsequently announced that it would begin accepting new DACA applications for the first time since 2017.
ImmigrationHelp.org is a nonprofit that makes the DACA program accessible at scale. We’re not a law firm - we have built a free web application that helps low-income immigrants who cannot afford lawyers prepare and file DACA applications for free.
If you’d like to support our work, you can make a tax-deductible donation here. Your generosity helps us make the American Dream a reality for Dreamers!
On Tuesday, 12/9/20, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) would begin accepting new applications for DACA immediately. This announcement means that eligible Dreamers can now apply for DACA status, Work Permits, and Advance Parole.
ImmigrationHelp.org is here to help Dreamers apply for DACA and its benefits with our free web application.
DACA helps Dreamers overcome significant obstacles to escape poverty. Research shows that DACA increases wages and employment, reduces poverty, and improves mental health outcomes for DACA recipients and their children. This lifeline has been broken for nearly four years. After the recent USCIS announcement, Dreamers will now be able to file new DACA applications to work live and work legally in the only country most of them know as home.
Sadly, few Dreamers can afford to pay an immigration lawyer around $1,000 to prepare their DACA application. That’s a hefty price tag at any time, but especially during an economic crisis like the COVID pandemic. Without additional help, many Dreamers will remain unable to apply for DACA and participate in the U.S. workforce.
That is where ImmigrationHelp.org comes in. We help Dreamers prepare their DACA application online for free.
If you’re DACA-eligible and don’t have complicating factors to your case—such as past criminality—you can use our simple web app to prepare your DACA application. If you do have complicating factors, consider seeking free or low-cost legal help at https://www.usa.gov/legal-aid.
Our system works like Turbotax. You answer simple questions and upload documents to the web app, which generates your draft immigration application. Our legal team reviews your application and reaches out with questions as necessary. After you file, our team supports you through the rest of the process until you get your DACA status.
To learn more about DACA, check out the ImmigrationHelp.org Learning Center. You’ll find detailed guides and articles on:
ImmigrationHelp.org (IH) is a legal aid nonprofit, founded in Harvard University’s iLab in 2019. Our mission is to help Dreamers, and other low-income immigrants live and work in the United States.
We provide a free, TurboTax-style web application that prepares immigration applications based on answers to simple questions. Low-income immigrants also receive a pro bono review of their completed application by our legal staff and support throughout the filing process.
IH is a replication of Upsolve.org, a legal aid nonprofit co-founded by IH’s team in 2016. Upsolve has become the largest legal aid provider for bankruptcy in America.