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Toolkit for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Workshops

A group application workshop is a one-day, and in some cases two-day, community even that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist childhood arrivals or “DREAMers” in completing applications for Deferred Action.  The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing application assistance to large numbers of people.  The success of the workshop model depends on careful planning, thorough training of staff and volunteers, and high quality services.  The purpose of this toolkit is to help charitable immigration programs and their volunteers achieve a successful workshop.  The forms and sample documents can be used as is or adapted by local programs for their own needs.

We welcome your feedback on this toolkit and its utility.  Also, if you have documents your agency has developed that you would like to send us for inclusion in the toolkit, or suggestions for additional materials to include, please send these to


CLINIC Webinar “Preparing your Program for Implementing Deferred Action for DREAMers” 7/10/12

Planning and Organizing

Introduction to Workshop Flow Diagram
Workshop Flow Diagram (8.5 x 11)
Workshop Flow Diagram (8.5 x 14)
Checklist for planning a DACA workshop
Chapter 9 from CLINIC’s “A More Perfect Union: A National Citizenship Plan”
Special considerations for working with minors
CLINIC webinar, "How to Plan and Implement a Mega-Workshop," 9/12/2012

Applicant Outreach

Model flyer with track changes
Sample outreach flyers from Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio – English
Sample outreach flyers from Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio - Spanish
“Who Can Help with Immigration Matters?” flyer

Volunteer Recruitment and Training

Sample announcements for volunteer recruitment
Volunteer tasks and responsibilities
Volunteer application form
Volunteer confidentiality agreement
Volunteer Sign-In Sheet
Volunteer feedback survey

Forms to Use in the Workshop

Intake form
Sample Limited Legal Services Agreement - AILA
Final packaging checklist

Application Attachments:

  1.  Physical presence worksheet
  2. U.S. entries worksheet
  3. Address worksheet
  4. Affidavit checklist
  5. Sample Summary Translation of Birth Certificate


  1. Locate a GED course or testing center near you
  2. State education organizations with information on GED programs
  3. How to register with Selective Service
  4. How to request a Criminal Background Check
  5. How to request juvenile records

USCIS Documents

Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process
I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
I-765W, Form I-765 Worksheet
Fee exemption information
2012 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Change of Address Form AR-11

Additional Resources

Self-Directed E-Learning Course “The Naturalization Group Application Workshop

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