Only 1% of DACA Cases Denied a Year After Program Inception

One year after the inception of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, The Brookings Institute has assembled data to analyze whether the program is benefitting eligible applicants to provide limited-term protection from deportation.

Between August 15, 2012 and June 30, 2013, USCIS accepted 537,662 DACA applications to review. One of the most intriguing findings by the Institute is the relatively low denial rate – a mere 1%.

This is interesting given the parameters and age requirements to meet eligibility. Applicants must provide extensive documentation to show they meet certain criteria, some of which include proof of identity, entry date into the U.S., continuous presence, physical presence in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and academic record. So far, 72% of all DACA applications have been approved. The rest are still under review.

It is not too late to apply for the DACA program. Please view our powerpoint presentation from a webinar by attorneys Murali Bashyam and Ame Coats detailing the requirements of the program, and contact us if you have any questions.

You can view the presentation HERE.