Calling All DREAMers
UPDATED February 2014.
Document Preparation and Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Refugee & Immigrant Services is hosting Deferred Action Assistance Workshops at their two office locations:
- In San Francisco at 180 Howard Street, workshops are held every Monday and begin at 2 pm. Please arrive at 1 pm to register.
- At our new San Mateo office, located at 36 37th Avenue, workshops are held every Monday and also begin at 2 pm. Please arrive at 1 pm to register.
What to expect when you arrive:
Our 180 Howard Street offices are located in the State Bar of California's building, on the first floor. As this is a State government building, there are very specific security policies in place to protect staff. Be aware that you will have to pass through a security checkpoint and metal detector upon entering the building. Once through security you will take the elevators and arrive at our first floor office lobby. You will be greeted by BIA Accredited Staff who will conduct an intake and screen your eligibility for deferred action. You will then meet in a group setting for those needing consultations and to begin the processing of the application. Or, if you have already started your application or need the full scope of services, we will set an appointment for you to meet one-on-one with a staff person who will review your forms, documents and evidence. Please arrive by 1 pm for the 2pm workshop. You will be helped in the order that you arrive. You do not require an appointment.
Our San Mateo office is located at 36 37th Avenue in San Mateo near Hillsdale Mall. Our program is located on the 2nd Floor of the building. Please ring doorbell for assistance. Services available are the same as our location in San Francisco. Please arrive by 1 pm for the 2 pm workshop.
How much will I have to pay?
As of February 2014, Basic DACA services at Catholic Charities are now free for residents of San Francisco thanks to a grant from the Dream SF collaborative, funded by the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs. For more information on the Dream SF project, please see: http://dacasf.wordpress.com/ or facebook.com/sfdream
If you have completed your forms and assembled your documentation and are simply seeking a review by our BIA-Accredited staff prior to submission to USCIS, the fee is $200.
If you are uncertain about the process and would like our BIA-Accredited staff to discuss the options with you, a consultation is $40. After the preliminary consultation, you may prepare forms and gather documentation yourself. Refugee & Immigrant Services staff can then review your final documentation for an additional fee (see above) or you can submit it without their review.
After your preliminary consultation, you may want Refugee & Immigrant Services BIA-Accredited staff to assist you in the preparation of forms and the assembly of the required documentation. Also, during the initial consultation, it may be determined that your individual case will require extraordinary assistance or additional legal work. Fees for those services begin at $350 and could range as high as $700 depending on the complexity of your situation.
Fees charged by Refugee & Immigrant services for services are in addition to the $465 filing fee required by USCIS for consideration of deferred action processing.
If you have questions about these clinics, please contact our Calling All DREAMers hotline at 415.972.1315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.