DACA

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.


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♦♦ Information for class members: dacaclassaction.org or dacaclassaction.com

JANUARY 19, 2021 — As a result of an order by a U.S. district court in the Eastern District of New York, on December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting initial DACA applications, DACA renewal requests, and applications for advance parole from DACA recipients.

Since then, USCIS has mailed notices to individuals whose requests for DACA were approved for a one-year period, informing them that their current period of deferred action and their employment authorization document (EAD) have been automatically extended from one year to two. USCIS distributed guidance, including for employers, making clear that the extended EADs should be treated as having a two-year expiration date for all purposes for which EADs are used, including eligibility for state services and for employment eligibility verification. USCIS also mailed notices to individuals who submitted first-time applications for DACA or applications for advance parole, and whose applications were rejected as result of the unlawful July 2020 memo issued by Chad Wolf curtailing DACA.

On January 4, 2021, USCIS provided to the court a status report on DACA with information about the applications for DACA and for advance parole that were received, adjudicated, approved, denied, and rejected between November 14 and December 31, 2020, as well as the applications previously affected by the July 2020 Wolf memo.  A more detailed summary of the data produced in that report is available at dacaclassaction.org.

If you are DACA-eligible, whether or not you already have DACA, more information about this case that is relevant to you is available at dacaclassaction.org.

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DACA Under the Trump Administration
DACA Supreme Court Case Summary & Practice Update (NILC & ILRC, updated 12/22/20)
DACA: Frequently Asked Questions (NILC & ILRC, updated 12/22/20)
ALERT: Trump Administration Scales Back Availability of DACA While Deciding Whether to End It
ALERT: Supreme Court Overturns Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA
ALERT: U.S. District Court in Texas Denies Texas Request to Stop DACA Renewals
What States Can Do to Mitigate the Harm If DACA, TPS, and Other Forms of Immigration Relief End
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
Guidance for Practitioners Helping Clients with DACA Cases Electronically (UWD, NILC, and AALDEF)
Steps to Take if Your DACA Renewal Is Delayed
DACA Renewal Calculator: Calculate When Would Be the Best Time to Submit Your DACA Renewal Application to USCIS

DACA & Obamacare (ACA) & Taxes
FAQ: Exclusion of Youth Granted “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” from Affordable Health Care
FAQ: DACAmented and Undocumented Immigrants and the Obamacare Tax Penalty
Taxes and DACA: What Do I Need to Know? (webinar)
Post–Supreme Court Decision DACA Guidance (by the Home Is Here coalition; link goes to United We Dream website)

Background
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)


DACA and Driver’s Licenses/REAL ID
REAL ID and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Access to Driver’s Licenses for Immigrant Youth Granted DACA

DACA & Education Post–U.S. Supreme Court Decision
#HomeIsHere Toolkit for PreK-12 Educators, Leaders, and Policymakers

COVID-19 Resources
Resources | COVID-19 Crisis and Consequences

Status Reports
New DHS Policy Threatens to Undo Gains Made by DACA Recipients (report by NILC, CAP, UWD, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 10/5/20)
Amid Changes to the DACA Program and COVID-19, DACA Recipients Are Fired Up and Civically Engaged (NILC, CAP, UWD, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 10/2/20)
What We Know About DACA Renewals (Center for American Progress, 10/15/19)
DACA Recipients’ Livelihoods, Families, and Sense of Security Are at Stake This November (report by NILC, CAP, UWD, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 9/19/19)
Amid Legal and Political Uncertainty, DACA Remains More Important Than Ever (report by NILC, CAP, UWD, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 8/15/18)
Ending DACA Would Have Wide-Ranging Effects, but Immigrant Youth Are Fired Up and Politically Engaged (report by NILC, CAP, UWD, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 8/23/18)
DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow (report by NILC, CAP, UWD, and Tom K. Wong of UCSD, 8/28/17)
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)
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)
DACA at the Two-Year Mark: A National and State Profile of Youth Eligible and Applying for Deferred Action (Migration Policy Institute, 8/14)

Information & Resources from Partner Organizations
Home Is Here
Informed Immigrant
Center for American Progress
Immigrant Legal Resource Center

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