DACA services

Apply for DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an executive action by the Obama Administration that applies to certain people who entered the United States before the age of sixteen. If these individuals meet certain academic and legal guidelines, they can apply for DACA. If approved they can obtain a Social Security number and receive a work permit to legally work in the United States. They are also protected from deportation. However, DACA is only a temporary status, not a path to citizenship. DACA recipients must re-apply for DACA every two years.

If you think that you qualify for DACA or need to renew it, please attend one of our DACA informational sessions. At this session you will learn key information about DACA. In addition, we will meet with each workshop attendee to confirm that they are eligible for DACA. If you do qualify, you will be invited to our second workshop. At this workshop, you will be asked to bring all of the documents required for the DACA application. Then, you will fill out the application at our workshop. TRP’s attorneys will review your completed application to insure that it is ready to send, and then mail it for you. You will receive a copy of the mailed version, along with information on next steps for you to take once you have been approved.

Check our calendar to see when and where our next DACA workshop will be occurring. Our informational workshop is free, and we also offer information on Second Federal’s “Dreamer Loan” to help pay for your DACA application fee. If you are unsure about being able to afford applying for DACA, or have questions about finances as whole, a member of our Financial Wellness Department also attends all workshops and can assist you.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Julie Pellerite at 312-880-1892, or jpellerite@resurrectionproject.org, or Lupe Raymundo at 312-666-5476 lraymundo@resurrectionproject.org.

Volunteer at a DACA Workshop

The Resurrection Project seeks attorneys and trained volunteers to help qualified community members complete their DACA applications. Volunteers are also needed to meet one on one with applicants, prepare applicants, make photocopies, review the necessary documents, inform the applicants about other resources, and more. All volunteers must attend a training session, where they will learn everything necessary to directly aid community members: what DACA is, what documents applicants will need, how to fill out all of the required forms, and DACA’s overall application process. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in learning more about the immigration system and assisting community members.

Check our calendar to see when and where our next volunteer training will occur. If you would like to volunteer at a workshop, please fill out the form below.

Prepare for our DACA workshops

Are you eligible for DACA? Take this test to learn more.

When does your DACA need to be renewed? Take this test to see.

These are the documents that you will need to apply for and to renew your DACA:

  • TRP DACA Initial Checklist
  • TRP DACA Renewal Checklist

At our workshop we will tell you how to access all of the necessary documents for DACA, but, if you want to get a head start, here is how to access your CPS transcript.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about DACA.

Take Next Steps After DACA

Here are some common myths about DACA.

Here are “Rewards and Responsibilities” for DACA recipients, from DePaul Law’s webpage.

Here are other long-term relief options that DACA Applicants should be aware of.

And, after you have DACA, make sure to read up on your workplace rights.