DACA Time was established to make the immigration experience easier, especially for DACA recipients. Their application is still done with pen and paper and provides them with a social security number, work permit, and the ability to get a drivers license. However, the application is extremely complicated, tedious and requires hundreds of documents proving that they have been in the U.S. every single day since when they first entered. Further, they have to repeat this process every two years. Applicants tend to hire an attorney to help them and those fees range anywhere from $500-$5,000. We are building a platform to save applicants money, make this process easier, and reduce denials.
During the F8 Hackathon, we integrated Facebook timeline data from applicants to help them complete their paperwork. In order to apply for DACA, you need to submit documentation showing that you have been in the U.S. since June 2007 until the current day. Using timeline data, we can help users identify where they were during periods when they have a gap in memory. If they fail to complete the timeline, then their application will be denied and they cannot take advantage of the program.
Our social impact is very significant. There are 800,000 individuals participating in DACA today. If we help 25% of them save on average $1000, that totals $200m.
Our team believes that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants and we are at our strongest when we embrace that diversity.