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 (Nov. 15, 2016)
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.
DACA After the November 2016 Election
New Questions and Answers About DACA Now That Trump Is President-Elect (also in Chinese, Korean, and Spanish)
Nuevas preguntas y respuestas sobre DACA, ahora que Trump es el presidente electo
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)
The BRIDGE Act
Frequently Asked Questions: The BRIDGE Act – “Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy”
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, PDF)
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)