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.


President-elect Donald Trump said during his campaign that he intends to rescind the Dept. of Homeland Security memo that authorizes the DACA program. He has not said exactly when this might occur, nor do we know what Trump administration officials might do with information DACA applicants submit on their applications.

We encourage you to speak with an immigration attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals–accredited representative if you are considering submitting a DACA application.

Generally speaking, if you do not currently have DACA and are considering whether to apply for it for the first time, we recommend that you not do so at this time. It is unlikely that your application would be processed before the new administration takes power, and immigration authorities currently do not have the information about you that you would have to submit on your application.

If you already have DACA and are considering whether to apply to renew it, we think it’s okay to apply for renewal. Immigration authorities already have the information from your previously submitted application, so there is less risk in submitting a renewal application.

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