Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established in June 2012 and allowed certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. DACA was rescinded on September 5, 2017.

Information Resources

The Dream.US
The Dream.US is the largest college access and success program for DREAMers, and it is planning to continue to offer two types of scholarships for high school and community college graduates eligible for DACA or TPS status: The Opportunity Scholarship and the National Scholarship.

Kentucky Dream Coalition
The Kentucky Dream Coalition's mission is to build leadership within the immigrant community (founded during the national convergence for pushing DREAM act in 2010).

Some key points to keep in mind include:

  • An individual’s DACA will remain in place until the date of expiration of his or her work permit. This means he or she still has lawful presence until his or her DACA expires. While his or her work permit will eventually expire (which means he or she can no longer work), his or her social security number is his or hers for life and can be used to file income taxes moving forward.

  • If an individual’s DACA expires on or before March 5, 2018, he or she must apply for renewal before October 5, 2017.

  • Undocumented and DACA-mented youth who graduate from Kentucky high schools or get their GED in Kentucky can still attend college and pay in-state tuition. Be encouraging to students and connect them to leaders in groups like Kentucky Dream Coalition.