What forms are needed to apply for DACA?

Individuals looking to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can do so by filing the following forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):


  1. Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Form I-821D is the primary form that is used to request consideration of DACA, and it can be downloaded from the USCIS website. Form I-821D consists of eight parts which include:


  • Part 1. In this section, the applicant will need to provide information about themselves.
  • Part 2. In this section of the application, the applicant will need to provide information regarding residency and travel. For instance
  • Part 3. This section is only to be utilized by individuals seeking DACA protection for the first time.
  • Part 4. In part four of the application, applicants will need to include information regarding their criminal history. If an individual was charged with or convicted of a criminal offense, they will need to include information regarding this in part four.
  • Part 5. In part five of the application, the requester will need to indicate whether someone helped interpret the form for them. If so, part seven will need to be filled out. For example, if an applicant retained a Texas immigration lawyer to help them fill out their forms, this is where they would notate this.
  • Part 6. If an applicant is using an interpreter, this is where they will need to document this. In addition, the applicant will also need to include the interpreter’s full name, the name of their business or organization, their address, a phone number, and their email address, according to USCIS.
  • Part 7. Any applicant who had an immigration attorney or other individual help them prepare their forms will need to have that individual complete part seven.
  • Part 8. Part eight is reserved for an individual to include any additional information.


  1. Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Anyone applying for DACA is required to fill out and file Form I-765 and file it with their application. If an applicant does not intend on working, an immigration lawyer can determine for them if Form I-765 needs to be filed with Form I-821D.


  1. Form I-765WS, Worksheet.

USCIS requires that these forms be submitted together and that the most recent version is used. Failure to comply with these requirements will likely lead to a denial of benefits.


Texas Immigration Attorney J. Joseph Cohen Can Help With the DACA Application Process


If an individual is having difficulty filling out their DACA forms or has questions regarding the program, they can contact The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen to speak with a Texas immigration lawyer. Attorney J. Joseph Cohen would be happy to assist an individual with applying for DACA and/or address any concerns they might have.


The Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen can be reached 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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