Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
GOT DACA, NOW WHAT?
Don’t miss out on all the opportunities available to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients! In addition to a two-year protection from deportation and work authorization, check out the summary below of benefits and services available to DACA beneficiaries!
BENEFITS AVAILABLE NATIONALLY TO DACA RECIPIENTS
Apply for a Social Security Number: As a DACA recipient, you are eligible to get a Social Security Number (SSN). Once you have you an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), you can visit your local Social Security Administration (SSA) office to apply for you SSN. For more details about the process, visit this SSA link.
Get a Driver’s License or Identification Card: Depending on the state where you reside, you may be eligible to apply for a driver’s license or state ID card using your EAD and SSN. For more details on state policies regarding driver’s licenses for DACA recipients, visit this National Immigration Law Center (NILC) link.
Learn new job skills and get help finding a job: You are eligible for federally funded employment training programs and job search support.
America’s Job Centers: These centers offer you a one-stop shop for employment services. You can get support and guidance during your job search and can also participate in workshops and trainings at the centers. To find an American Job Center near you, click here.
Job Corps: Free, individualized education and career training services for youth, ages 16-24. Other eligibility requirements apply.
YouthBuild: Work towards your GED or high school diploma while gaining new job skills building affordable housing. The YouthBuild program is available to low-income youth, ages 16-24.
Access Health Care: As a DACA recipient, you may be eligible for employer sponsored health insurance. Check with your employer to see if they offer health insurance and information about how to enroll. DACA recipients are not eligible for the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” However, the following programs are available in all states to individuals regardless of immigration status: emergency-room care; free clinics; public hospitals; public health services; emergency treatment under Medicaid; and financial assistance programs. Please contact a local health care provider as each state may have different health care options available to you. For more information visit NILC’s website.
Travel Abroad: DACA beneficiaries may be eligible to travel internationally by obtaining an Advance Parole document. Advance Parole requests must be submitted before traveling out of the U.S., even for emergency travel, and will only be granted by USCIS for humanitarian, education, or work purposes.
Take advantage of additional Scholarship Opportunities: New scholarship opportunities have been opened to DACA recipients. Check out E4FC’s comprehensive scholarship lists for undergraduate and graduate students.
Access to Unemployment Benefits: Unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. Eligibility for unemployment benefits for DACA beneficiaries varies by state. Please contact your state’s Department of Labor for more information.
REMEMBER TO RENEW YOUR DACA ON TIME! In order to maintain the above benefits, keep your DACA current. You have a 30-day window starting five months before your expiration date to renew your DACA. Check out this calculator to help you figure out when to submit your renewal application.
CALIFORNIA SPECIFIC BENEFITS
Get a California Driver’s License or Identification Card: As soon as you have your EAD and Social Security Number, you can apply for a California state ID Card and begin the steps to getting a driver’s license (must be 18 years old to apply for a license or 16 years old for a provisional license). Having a driver’s license allows you to drive legally anywhere in the U.S. Visit your local DMV to apply.
Learn new job skills and get help finding a job: You are eligible for employment training programs and job search support.
America’s Job Center of California (AJCC): These centers offer you a one-stop shop for employment services. You can get support and guidance during your job search and can also participate in workshops and trainings at the center. Using CalJOBS, you can post your resume, and search and apply for jobs. DACA recipients who are migrant and seasonal farmworkers can also use these services. You can access these AJCC services at over 200 sites across the state.
Job Corps: Free, individualized education and career training services for youth, ages 16-24. Other eligibility requirements apply. Job Corps centers are found throughout the state.
YouthBuild: Work towards your GED or high school diploma while gaining new job skills building affordable housing. The YouthBuild program is available to low-income youth, ages 16-24. There are over 30 YouthBuild program sites in California.
Get access to health care: In California, DACA recipients are eligible for state-funded health programs.
Medi-Cal: Available to individuals earning less than 138% of the federal poverty level, this program provides health services to low-income families, certain adults, persons with disabilities, seniors, and children in foster care. Click here to learn if you qualify.
Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP): This preventive program provides health exams and immunizations to low-income children and youth in California. Children and youth up to the age of 19 whose family income is equal to less than 200% of federal income guidelines are eligible.
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP): Low-income residents of California who are diagnosed with HIV and are at least 18 years old can get access to HIV medications through this program.
Access to Unemployment Benefits: You are eligible for unemployment benefits if you have worked at least a year in a job with your work authorization before finding yourself unemployed and looking for work. Other eligibility requirements apply.