Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take action on DACA. Here’s a summary of where DACA stands as of today, 2/20/2018.
I have never applied for DACA. Can I apply?
No, USCIS is not currently accepting applications for someone who has never applied for DACA.
I am a current DACA holder and my work permit has expired or will expire soon. Should I renew?
Yes, you should probably renew. If you have a change in situation or an encounter with law enforcement since your previous application, check with an attorney before renewing. Although President Trump initially set a deadline of March 5, 2018, two separate federal courts have now ruled that he cannot end the program.
Can I travel outside of the U.S. as a DACA holder?
No, USCIS has not authorized grants of Advance Parole for travel outside of the U.S. at this time.
Continue following USCIS.org for updates on the DACA program.
Rescission of DACA September 5, 2017
**See February 2018 update on DACA
President Trump rescinded DACA on 9/5/2017 with a six month wind down. Here’s what will happen to DACA holders and applicants based on the DHS rescission memorandum:
New DACA Requests
- USCIS will continue to adjudicate properly filed initial DACA requests, and two year EAD work permits will be given to those that are approved.
- No more initial requests will be accepted beginning today 9/5/2017.
- USCIS will continue to adjudicate properly filed DACA renewals, and two year EAD work permits will be given to those that are approved.
- No more renewal requests will be accepted beginning today 9/5/2017.
- DACA holders will not have their deferred action status nor their work permits terminated, but they will not be able to renew.
Advance Parole travel
- The government will not approve any new requests for I-131 advance parole (AP) travel. It will refund fees for DACA related pending I-131 applications.
- The government will “generally honor” previously approved AP.*
* USCIS retains authority to revoke or terminate AP at any time. Speak with an attorney before leaving the U.S.
DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, provides a way for certain people who entered the US as children and meet other requirements to request deferred action status. Deferred action prevents deportation, by “deferring” removal action for a certain period of time, but it does not provide lawful status. DACA recipients also receive work authorization cards. Because the program began in June of 2012, it is now time for many DACA recipients to renew their status because their DACA and work permit is expiring soon. (See an interesting report here of DACA’s first two years!)
When to Apply:
Check the date your EAD Work Permit expires. The ideal time to apply is between 120 and 150 days before your card expires. If you apply with less than 120 days, your card may not be processed in time, and your current card could expire. On the other end, if you apply more than 150 days prior to the expiration of your DACA period, USCIS may reject your application.
First, you cannot have left the US on or after August 15, 2012 (or after the date you submitted your initial DACA request — if this date is earlier!) However, traveling on Advance Parole is permitted. Second, speak with an attorney if you have anything new with your criminal history since you originally applied for DACA. A felony, significant misdemeanor, or 3 misdemeanors will make you ineligible. Other new misdemeanors should be discussed with your attorney, and must be disclosed on the application.
Documents to prepare:
The same I-812D form is used to for initial and renewal DACA requests. All new documents related to removal proceedings or criminal history must be submitted with the application. Although you should maintain proof that you have resided in the US since your previous DACA application, USCIS asks that this proof is not sent with the application. Instead, hold onto these documents that show your residency, which likely include rental agreements, pay stubs, school transcripts, etc. USCIS reserves the right to ask, and might ask you to send this evidence later.
Good luck, and remember that a licensed Immigration Attorney can help you through the process of your DACA renewal.