Information about DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Update:

On July 16, 2021, a Federal District Court in Texas issued a ruling in Texas v. U.S. limiting the DACA program and declaring it unlawful. 

Major Takeaways:

  • People who currently have DACA keep their DACA protection and work permit.   
    People who have DACA now or had DACA in the past are still eligible to renew their case.  
    Pending renewal applications will be processed normally.  
    No NEW DACA applications will be approved at this time  

What does this mean? 

All people who have submitted a first time DACA application and have not received an approval from USCIS will have their application on hold. This applies to all initial cases that were not approved prior to July 16, 2021.

This decision does not impact your status as a student, your CA Dream Act or residency for tuition purposes. We recognize the different impacts the sudden change to the DACA program will have on our students and community members. 

How will the Dream Center support you? 

The Dream Center will continue to serve and support all undocumented, DACA and mixed-status students, family and community from intersectional backgrounds through sharing resources and opportunities for our students and community. 


Contact the Cañada College Dream Center by calling 650-306-3466 or email our Program Services Coordinator, Nimsi Garcia ( 

To learn more, visit Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

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What is DACA?

In June 2012, President Obama announced that his administration would not remove SOME undocumented people or put them into Immigration Court. Instead, they will be able to apply for “Deferred Action,” which is a temporary two-year period during which no attempt will be made to remove the individual and a possible work card. This status can be renewable. Please go to Immigrants Rising to get the most updated information about DACA.


Who is Eligible for DACA?

In order to qualify for DACA, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012.

  • Arrived to the United States before your sixteenth birthday.

  • Resided in the U.S. continuously, since June 15, 2007.

  • Physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012.

  • Currently enrolled in school, or have a certificate of completion from high school, or a GED certificate, or be honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the U.S.

  • Not convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

In addition, applicants must be 15 years of age or older to be eligible for DACA (unless they are in removal proceedings or have a voluntary or forced departure order against them).

Be sure to consult with a reputable attorney or legal non-profit before you apply. 


DACA Renewal Information

Immigrants Rising: Steps to Renew DACA

College of San Mateo - Remote Immigration Legal Services

Siren Bay Area - DACA Renewal Workshop

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area - DACA Workshop