On 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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE — PLEASE READ (April 25, 2018)
RENEWAL APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED. On January 13, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS) announced that it is once again accepting DACA renewal applications, because of an order issued by a U.S. district court in San Francisco. A frequently-asked-questions document authored by NILC and United We Dream and based on the Jan. 13 announcement is available below.
The court order was issued in a case challenging the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program. The termination was announced on September 5, 2017. Our statement about that announcement is here.
In accordance with the administration’s Sep. 5 announcement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stopped accepting initial DACA applications (i.e., from people who didn’t already have DACA) after October 5, 2017. People who already had DACA and whose work permits would expire between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, were eligible to apply for a two-year renewal if they applied by Oct. 5, 2017. Court orders in the San Francisco case and a similar case in New York, along with USCIS’s announcement of Jan. 13, have made it possible, again, for people to submit DACA renewal applications.
FIRST-TIME DACA APPLICATIONS ARE NOT YET BEING ACCEPTED. On April 24, 2018, a U.S. district court in the District of Columbia issued a ruling requiring USCIS to resume accepting first-time DACA applications — but not immediately. This requirement does not go into effect until at least 90 days after April 24. Until it does go into effect, USCIS still is not accepting first-time DACA applications.
SUMMARY. At the present time USCIS is not accepting DACA applications from people who have not applied for DACA previously. If you want to apply to renew your DACA under the latest policy (based on USCIS’s Jan. 13 announcement), 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 and Dream–related Legislation
See Dream Act, Dreamers, and Related Legislation, under “Immigration Reform”
DACA Under the Trump Administration
FAQ: USCIS Is Accepting DACA Renewal Applications (English and Spanish; first posted Jan. 14, 2018)
USCIS and DACA Renewal Applications: What You Need to Know (English and Spanish; based on the USCIS announcement of Jan. 13, 2018)
ALERT: U.S. District Court in D.C. Orders That the DACA Termination Memo Be Vacated — but Not for at Least 90 Days
ALERT: Supreme Court Denies Premature Appeal of Injunction Allowing DACA Renewals
What You Should Know about the Feb. 26 Supreme Court Announcement
ALERT: A Second Federal Court Orders DHS to Continue Accepting DACA Applications
ALERT: Court Orders the Dept. of Homeland Security to Allow Individuals with DACA to Apply to Renew It
What Can You Do if Your DACA Renewal Application Was Rejected as Not Having Been Filed on Time?
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)
#DefendDACA: Stories in Defense of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
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)
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
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)
Litigation Related to the DACA Program (tables)
Status of Current DACA Litigation
Challenge to Termination of DACA Program
Batalla Vidal, et al. v. Nielsen, et al.: Amended lawsuit in New York challenges termination of DACA program