Hi I’m a senior and I have my application ready but not the money required for the application.
Do you guys have any help for that? Or do you know what I can do?
Hey Brenda! Nice to e-meet you, thank you for your e-mail.
I’m very happy you were able to compile your evidence for Deferred Action. That’s awesome! It is very time consuming and frustrating to have to find all those things.
Bleh! But of course, it is too expensive for many people. There are some things out there that may, or may not, benefit you and those who cannot immediately afford it.
- Fee Exemption
- Other Financial Assistance:
According to E4FC, these must be completed and approved BEFORE you file! You cannot apply for a fee waiver, but there are some very limited exemptions. There are fee exemptions for those under 18, homeless, in foster care, lacking parental support, with income less than 150% of federal poverty guidelines, who cannot care for themselves because of chronic disability, or who have accumulated very serious medical-related debt. There will be a separate fee exemption form, which must be approved before a DACA request can be filed without a fee. It’s hard to know how long it will take to review fee exemption requests. Check USCIS for more information about these exemptions, and how to apply.
If you need help paying the application fees, you can apply for money from the Fund for DREAMers.
More than $75,000 has been raised to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender DACA applicants. Find out more information about the LGBT Dreamers Fund here.
Many organizations have established lending circles for DREAMers, which are zero-fee, zero-interest credit-building social loans. Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco provides a $155 charitable donation and will loan DREAMers the remaining $310 for their DACA application. Check out Lending Circles for DREAMers.
Also, DreamActivist.org has a DACA Fund for undocumented youth.
Lastly, you can check out the Self Help Loan for DREAMers, which provides individual loans for up to $465. Individuals who obtain the loan can build or repair their credit with an interest rate of 15% APR, which equals to about $35 after 6 months.
I hope some of these things help out. I know it may not be much, but it’s something. Also, you can save up a little each month until you have enough or ask someone to loan you the money. You can also create an online donation page and share it with family and friends. If you attend, ask your place of worship to help you raise money too.
Let me know if I can help in anyway!
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