Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a federal process that defers removal action of an individual by USCIS for a specified number of years.
It is not the same as financial aid
It does not grant lawful immigration status
It does allow individuals to apply for a SSN and work authorization
CA Dreamers should still file a CA Dream Act Application instead of a FAFSA and submit a Non-SSN GPA. If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, make sure you include that DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application.
Important Information: DACA Update (July 16th, 2021)
A federal court in Texas ruled that the DACA program is unlawful. What does this decision mean for DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals?
1. Current DACA cases remain valid. People who currently have DACA keep their DACA protection and work permit.
2. DACA renewals continue. People who have DACA now or had DACA in the past are still eligible to renew their case. Pending renewal applications will be processed. Talk to a legal service provider about renewing.
3. First-time DACA applications on hold. No new DACA application will be approved at this time. The decision allows USCIS to receive initial applications but blocks the approval of any new DACA case- therefore anyone with pending, first-time DACA applications will not be granted at this time.
Source: Immigrant Legal Resource Center