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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


NOTE: Some of the information available from this webpage may not reflect the changes to the DACA program announced on November 20, 2014. To be notified about new DACA-related developments, subscribe to our "Immigration Issues" email list.

The Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

President Obama announced on June 15, 2012, that the U.S. Dept. Homeland Security would not deport certain DREAM Act–eligible undocumented youth. Under a directive from the secretary of DHS, these youth will be given temporary relief called “deferred action.” More information is available in this FAQ created jointly by NILC and United We Dream.

This FAQ answers questions mainly about applying for DACA for the first time.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Process

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a revised Form I-821D, the DACA application form, along with new application instructions. The instructions cover both applying for DACA for the first time and applying to renew DACA. These answers to frequently asked questions regarding the DACA renewal process are based on what we know so far. The information presented is intended primarily for people applying to renew DACA, and for legal service providers and organizers.

This FAQ answers questions mainly about applying to renew DACA.

Four Top Tips for When You Renew Your DACA

For those who currently have DACA, the date by which they need to apply to renew it and their employment authorization document (EAD) is quickly approaching. These are some tips to keep in mind when preparing to renew DACA.

Are Individuals Granted Deferred Action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy Eligible for State Driver’s Licenses?

NILC continually reviews state policies that affect DACA recipients’ eligibility for driver’s licenses, focusing on whether DACA recipients fit within the current laws and policies governing issuance of licenses. This is a work in progress, which we are refining as the policies evolve.

Exclusion of People Granted “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” from Affordable Health Care

The Obama administration released two official policy announcements on August 28, 2012, that affect the eligibility for federal health care programs of individuals granted deferred action under the “deferred action for childhood arrivals” (DACA) request process.

DACA and Your Workplace Rights

This FAQ is intended to answer your questions about DACA (the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) and your workplace rights, and to provide information that may be helpful when you apply for and after you’ve been granted deferred action under DACA.

DACA Is Two Years Old Today!
(Aug. 15, 2014)

DACA has been a successful program and should be expanded to enable millions more people who live in the U.S. to fulfill their dreams. Between August 2012 and March 2014, 673,417 applications for DACA were filed and 553,197 were approved. We now have a better understanding of what happens when an immigrant group is provided with the ability to work and live in the U.S. without the fear of deportation. Sixty percent of respondents to a survey said they secured a new job after receiving DACA, 57 percent obtained a driver’s license, and 49 percent opened their first bank account.

Warnings and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Information from United We Dream, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance.

Background Information about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Includes important documents related to the policy and program’s establishment: memorandums, letters, etc. Also includes links to recordings of a Migration Policy Institute event in which the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services discusses the DACA request process and policies that USCIS announced to implement DACA.