It’s no question that David Dobrik is one of the most popular people on the entire internet. Since 2015, David and his infamous group of friends, the Vlog Squad, have basically been crowned internet royalty. The 24-year-old content creator boats over 26 million subscribers on YouTube, and across his two active channels, 8.4 billion views — not to mention his 20 million followers on TikTok. Needless to say, he’s a popular guy.
David recently purchased a $9.5 million house in Hollywood, and it’s no wonder why — he can’t leave the United States so he might as well get cozy! So, why can’t he leave? It has everything to do with his citizenship status.
David Dobrik was born in Slovakia.
In July 1996, David was born in Košice, Slovakia. When he was six years old, his family moved to America and settled in a Chicago suburb. He lived like a normal kid and attended a typical midwest high school where he played tennis. After graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a content creator.
Since moving to L.A., his career took off. Starting with making videos on now-extinct video-sharing app Vine, he slowly began gaining a following while collaborating with other popular internet celebrities like Gabbie Hanna and ex-girlfriend Liza Koshy.
David is not an American citizen, and therefore, cannot leave the U.S.
In a Q&A session with fans, David went into detail about the reason why he's not allowed to leave the United States. In a video with GQ, David went undercover on Reddit, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to answer fans’ questions, including fans inquiring about why he can’t leave the country.
“I can’t leave because I’m protected by DACA and basically I can leave, I can go right now but I can’t come back. I can’t re-enter the country for, like, another 10 years if I leave the country. So I’m not a citizen. I don’t have a visa,” he explained.
He continued on to explain that the only way he would have the freedom to come and go as he pleases is if he were to get married. He then joked about getting engaged to his rumored girlfriend and assistant, Natalie Mariduena.
“The only thing I can do where I can leave the country and come back is if I get married. But Natalie and I are not engaged so that’s not happening anytime soon, but who knows, fingers crossed,” he joked.
David’s presence in the U.S. is currently protected by DACA.
Currently, David is protected by DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program allows those taken to the United States as children to continue to live in America and pursue an American work permit. The policy was announced by President Barack Obama in June 2012.
More recently, President Donald Trump has threatened to do away with the program. According to NPR, “Last month, the Supreme Court blocked the administration's effort to end the program ...Then two weeks ago, a court in Maryland told the administration to start accepting new DACA applicants. But the administration is refusing to do that, saying it will reject new applicants while launching a ‘comprehensive review’ of DACA and whether to go forward with a new plan to end the program.”