Supporting documents for a DACA application
USCIS has published extensive guidelines to help you collect the evidence needed for a successful DACA application. You will need documentation establishing that you meet all seven eligibility criteria, including:
- A birth certificate or passport to confirm your date of birth and age on June 15, 2012.
- Financial, medical, educational and /or employment records documenting your age at entry to the U.S., your 5 years of continuous residence, and your presence on June 15, 2012.
- Diplomas, transcripts, report cards, GED certificates or enrollment records showing that you have a high school degree or are currently in school.
- If you entered on a visa, an I-94 to confirm expiration of lawful status before June 15, 2012 and prior to your 16th birthday.
- If applicable, final court dispositions for all arrests,
Many applicants will not be able to supply the “preferred” documents in each category. For some eligibility criteria, it may be possible to provide circumstantial (“suggestive”) evidence when normal documentary evidence is insufficient. Sworn affidavits may be used to fill certain specific gaps in your evidence; but they are not acceptable as sole proof for most of the criteria.
If you believe you are eligible for Deferred Action but have gaps in your documentation, the services of an experienced immigration attorney are strongly recommended.