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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

What is DACA?

On June 15, 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program, which is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), began on August 15, 2012.

On September 5, 2017, President Trump announced that Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals was being rescinded and that new applications for individuals seeking Deferred Action status would no longer be accepted. 

Anyone who has DACA status expiring between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 can apply for a two-year renewal. Applications for renewals MUST be received by October 5, 2017. Please check your current DACA expiration and apply accordingly.

For those with DACA status that expires after March 5, 2018, your DACA status and permission to work expires on the date your current approval and work permit ends, unless Congress passes additional legislation.


Jan. 13, 2018, Update:  Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.

Please see more information here: USCIS Jan. 13, 2018 Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction

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