One way to meet the educational requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is by graduating from a U.S. high school, but there are other ways to qualify:
- Obtain a certificate of completion from high school;
- Obtain a General Education Development (GED) certificate;
- Are an honorably discharged veteran; OR
- Are "currently in school" at the time of your DACA application.
- Enrolled in:
- a public, private or charter school
- a homeschool program meeting state requirements
- an education, literacy or career training program (including vocational training) that has a purpose of improving literacy, mathematics or English or is designed to lead to placement in postsecondary education, job training or employment
- an education program assisting students either in obtaining a high school diploma or a GED
- GED, English as Second Language (ESL) or vocational training classes funded by the government, colleges or a non-profit organization (such as a church) qualify.
- Programs funded by other sources may qualify but are required to show that the program has demonstrated effectiveness. Ask the program before you enroll if it meets the requirements for for DACA.
- Beware of internet diplomas. Most of these will not qualify you for DACA.
The other requirements for DACA are that you:
- Were born after June 16, 1981;
- Came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007;
- Were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of your DACA application;
- Have no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.