DACA Fee Assistance Program

Today and every day, MAF stands in solidarity with all of the young immigrants who call America home. They are #HereToStay – and we’re here to ensure that the $495 filing fee isn’t a financial barrier for those looking to apply for DACA.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a court ruling issued on July 16, 2021, USCIS will no longer approve first-time DACA applications. Therefore, MAF will temporarily stop issuing checks for initial applications until we receive further guidance. If you are a first-time DACA applicant, we encourage you to consult a trusted legal service provider about your case.


How it works

MAF’s DACA Fee Assistance is a $247.50 loan with a matching $247.50 grant that covers the $495 filing fee to apply for DACA.

  • If approved, you will receive a $495 check made out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • Half of the funds ($247.50) is a grant and does not need to be repaid. The other half ($247.50) is a zero-interest loan.

  • Monthly payments of $24.75 will be automatically debited from your checking account for 10 months. Your loan payment activity won’t impact your credit history since this is not a credit-building loan.

Eligibility 
  • Be eligible to apply for DACA. We encourage you to consult an immigration lawyer or a nonprofit legal service provider to confirm eligibility and required documents before applying.

  • Be ready to submit your DACA application to USCIS.

  • Be able to provide a copy of your photo ID, such as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), driver’s license, or other valid government-issued photo ID.

*Depending on what type of DACA fee assistance you qualify for, there may be additional program requirements, such as proof of income and a valid checking account in your name.


APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1

Pre-apply

Make sure you are eligible for the DACA program. Once you have your immigration paperwork completed and ready to file to USCIS, submit a pre-application for MAF’s DACA Fee Assistance.

STEP 2

Apply

Depending on eligibility, equity, and available funding, we will invite you to submit a full application for DACA Fee Assistance or direct you to other resources.

STEP 3

Get the check!

If your MAF application is approved, we’ll mail you a $495 check made out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which you can send to USCIS along with your completed DACA application.


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