IMPORTANT: DACA After the Election


Beyond DACA Clinics in Tucson, AZ!

Join us for a clinic where you can find help with DACA applications, meet with an immigration attorney & learn your rights. More details here.

For questions:

Maria Gabriela Arvizu, DACA Coordinator

arvizugabriela@scholarshipsaz.org, 520-477-1076


What is DACA?

On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is an immigration policy that allows undocumented immigrants that came before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to apply for a renewable 2-year work permit.

DACA Qualifications:

  • an immigrant with no lawful immigration status
  • between 15-31 years old*
  • currently in school, high school or GED recipient, or an honorably discharged military veteran
  • someone who came to the United States before the age of 16
  • someone who has lived in the United States continuously since June 15, 2007
  • someone with a clean criminal record and/or able to pass a background check

If all of the above applies to you, then you may be eligible to apply for DACA!

What if I don’t qualify for DACA?

Although you don’t qualify for DACA, there are still opportunities & resources available to help you develop professional networks in the community, attend college, & find scholarships. Our communities deserve more than DACA & we will fight with you to win more.

  • High school educators you can trust – Check out our list of high school educators who work with ScholarshipsA-Z. (PDF)
  • You can go to college – Contact us about enrolling at the community college, transferring, or starting at universities outside of Arizona.
  • Scholarships are available Check out our scholarship list.
  • Organizations in Pima County & AZ that support undocumented communities. (PDF)
  • Medical clinics & services for undocumented families (PDF)

What can I do with a DACA work permit?

  • obtain a Social Security number.
  • obtain a job with benefits such as healthcare, etc.
  • apply for a credit card.
  • qualify as an in-state resident in some universities and colleges.
  • obtain a driver’s license.

What is DAPA and DACA-expanded?

On his November 20th’s announcement, President Obama also announced that undocumented parents of citizens or lawful permanent residents will be able to apply for deferred action. It is called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA for short. This is currently being upheld by a 4-4 tie of the U.S. Supreme Court justices. Learn more about DAPA and DACA-expanded HERE. Remember, no applications for DAPA or DACA-expanded exist.

Can SA-Z help me with my DACA application?

Yes! It’s best to come to one of our monthly DACA clinics. Our team and volunteers will be there to help you fill out your initial or renewal DACA application.  Attorneys will be present to review your application and answer all your questions. Our volunteers are bilingual. It’s completely free! Check the calendar on the right to see upcoming dates!

What do I bring to a DACA clinic?

We can still help you complete a DACA application even if you don’t bring all of these documents with you. However, bringing these documents with you will make your application process a lot faster with our volunteers.

  • Copy of your birth certificate (Must be translated into English. Our volunteers can help translate, if necessary)
  • (FOR INITIAL APPLICATION) Recommended documents to bring
  • (FOR RENEWAL APPLICATION) Recommended documents to bring
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Picture ID (school ID, visa, etc.)
  • List of addresses where you lived since arriving in the U.S.
  • List of times, length of time, & reason why you traveled outside of the U.S. from the time you arrived until today (if applicable)


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