How to apply for DACA for the first time in Texas?

If an individual is looking to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for the first time, there are a few steps they must take before they will be considered for benefits. While individuals are encouraged to schedule an initial consultation with a Texas immigration attorney who will discuss each step with them, below is a general overview of the process.


Step 1: Review eligibility guidelines for DACA.

Anyone who is considering applying for DACA for the first time can visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website to review the “guidelines” section that outlines the requirements a person must meet to apply.


Step 2: Download Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Form I-821D is one of three forms an individual must complete when applying for DACA for the first time. USCIS does make available to the public general instructions that can assist and person with filling out their application. Of course, these instructions do not replace the help a Texas immigration lawyer can provide a first-time DACA applicant.


Step 3: Print and complete Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.

In addition to printing and filling out Form I-821D, individuals must also print and complete Form I-765 and I-765, Worksheet. These forms must be filed along with Form I-821D.


Step 4: Gather evidence.

In order for an individual to prove to USCIS that they meet the basic eligibility requirements, they are expected to provide documentation that shows this. For instance, to prove an individual came to the U.S. before their 16thbirthday, they can provide USCIS with any of the following:

  • Travel records
  • Employment records
  • Passport with admission stamp
  • Medical records
  • License receipts or vehicle registration

USCIS does provide a list of the types of documentation an individual might use to prove they meet all eligibility requirements. To access this list, click here.


Step 5: Prepare to pay the filing fee.

USCIS currently charges a $495 filing fee to apply for DACA. This filing fee is usually due at the time a person submits their forms.


When should a person contact an immigration lawyer?


It is recommended that a person contact a Texas immigration attorney before they apply for DACA. An attorney will walk them through the process, discuss the hurdles they could potentially run into, and even help them fill out their paperwork to ensure it is error-free.


To connect with an immigration law firm located in Texas now, contact The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen at 210-503-2800.


The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen is located at:


310 South St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2100

San Antonio, Texas 78205

Phone: 210-503-2800

Website: www.jjosephcohen.com

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