dacaOn June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would not deport certain undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. Under a directive from the DHS secretary, these youth may be granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the U.S. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This page provides guidance on how to apply for DACA, renew DACA, and other important information on DACA.


On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it is terminating the DACA program. Our statement about the announcement is available here.

According to the announcement, the Department of Homeland Security will stop accepting new DACA applications (i.e., from people who don’t already have DACA). People who already have DACA and whose work permits expire between now and March 5, 2018, will be able to apply for a two-year renewal if they apply by October 5, 2017.

Generally, if you want to apply to renew your DACA by Oct. 5, we encourage you to speak first with an immigration attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals–accredited representative. If you decide to proceed with an application, we urge that you be represented by an attorney or accredited representative (a Form G-28 should be filed with your application).

DACA InformationLitigation

DACA Under the Trump Administration
Understanding the USCIS Announcement About Rejected DACA Renewal Requests
State and Local Advocacy to Support DACA Recipients and Other State Residents
Top 5 Things to Know About the Announcement That DACA Is Ending (Sept. 5, 2017 — English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish)
Frequently Asked Questions on DACA Termination (English, Spanish)
About DACA and Employment (answers to frequently asked questions — English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish)
New Questions and Answers About DACA Now That Trump Is President
Potential Scenarios: Legal Threats to DACA
#DefendDACA: Stories in Defense of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DACA and Dream–related Legislation
See Dream Act, Dreamers, and Related Legislation, under “Immigration Reform”

Getting and Renewing DACA
FAQ: The Obama Administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
FAQ: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Process
DACA Renewal Calculator: Calculate When Would Be the Best Time to Submit Your DACA Renewal Application to USCIS
Four Top Tips for When You Renew Your DACA
How to Show That an Educational Program in Which You Are Enrolled Is “Of Demonstrated Effectiveness”
Steps to Take if Your DACA Renewal Is Delayed
Changes to USCIS’s ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ about DACA

After You Have DACA
Access to Driver’s Licenses for Immigrant Youth Granted DACA
FAQ: Exclusion of Youth Granted “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” from Affordable Health Care
FAQ: DACA and Your Workplace Rights
FAQ: DACAmented and Undocumented Immigrants and the Obamacare Tax Penalty
Taxes and DACA: What Do I Need to Know? (webinar)

Status Reports
DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow (report by NILC, CAP, UWD, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 8/28/17)
DACA Is Five Years Old (8/17/17)
New Study of DACA Beneficiaries Shows Positive Economic and Educational Outcomes (report by NILC, CAP, UWD, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 10/18/16)
DACA Is Three Years Old! (8/14/15)
Results from a Nationwide Survey of DACA Recipients Illustrate the Program’s Impact (report by NILC, CAP, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 7/9/15)

Information & Resources from Partner Organizations
Own the Dream
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild — Practice Advisories
Migration Policy Institute — DACA at the Two-Year Mark: A National and State Profile of Youth Eligible and Applying for Deferred Action
Center for American Progress — Results from a Nationwide Survey of DACA Recipients Illustrate the Program’s Impact

DAPA and Expanded DACA
The Obama Administration’s DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and Expanded DACA Programs

Memo from DHS secretary — Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children (June 15, 2012, PDF)
DHS press release announcing a deferred action process for undocumented youth (June 15, 2012, PDF)
Questions and answers about the administration’s announcement regarding relief for individuals who came to the United States as children (June 15, 2012, PDF)
Memo from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement director John Morton (June 15, 2012, PDF)