New App Helps Young Immigrants Apply for DACA

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The new Pocket DACA app is a great resource for learning about Deferred Action.

Our phones have become an essential part of our daily lives, helping us stay connected with family and friends and connecting us to a wealth of information through the internet.

Help with applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) can be added to the nearly endless list of things we can do with our phones.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (AIC), the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), and the Own the Dream campaign have released the “Pocket DACA” app for smartphones and tablets that will help immigrants brought to this country as children understand the DACA process.

Through DACA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is granting two-year, renewable reprieves from deportation to eligible young immigrants who meet certain criteria. The program was introduced this time last year by President Obama.

The free app, available for download from the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, offers a self-screening tool for DACA applicants to understand their eligibility and a searchable directory of listings for immigration legal services providers, including non-profit groups, in all 50 states. The app also includes links to news about the deferred action process and frequently asked questions.

Here’s an instructional video for accessing the app, courtesy of AILA.

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