DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

USCIS (Immigration) is currently accepting DACA renewal applications. This is because a federal district court in California ordered the federal government to accept renewal applications while lawsuits challenging the administration’s rescission of the DACA program proceed in court. A federal district court in New York issued a similar ruling.  The federal government appealed directly to the Supreme Court of the United States to stop accepting DACA renewals again, but the Supreme Court declined to hear the case at this time. The cases challenging the recission of the DACA program will continue to play out in the lower courts. Therefore, USCIS is still accepting DACA renewal applications.

You may contact the Equal Justice Center to seek assistance with your DACA renewal by calling our toll-free hotline at 888.670.6854 or emailing us at deferredaction@equaljusticecenter.org. If you have any questions about the DACA program or your DACA work permit, or you need assistance applying for a replacement work permit, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Here is what you need to know:

  • USCIS is accepting DACA renewal applications for individuals who currently have DACA or have had DACA in the past. 
  • Individuals whose DACA expired before September 5, 2016 may reapply by fling as an initial DACA applicant.
  • You may be able to apply early! USCIS is accepting DACA renewal applications filed more than six months before the applicant's current DACA expiration date. 
  • It is unclear how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications. We encourage anyone who may be eligible to renew to seek assistance as soon as possible. 
  • USCIS is not accepting DACA applications for individuals who have not applied previously.
  • Please beware of notarios and always seek assistance from a reputable immigration attorney or BIA accredited representative.
  • We must continue to pressure Congress to pass a Dream Act. 

Below you’ll find information that will help you understand your rights when questioned about your immigration status by local or state police. 

Know Your Rights Under SB4

          EJC's Principal DACA & Immigrant Rights Service Areas