DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


Donald Trump has rescinded the DACA program and as a result, USCIS (Immigration) is no longer accepting DACA applications. This means that you will not be able to renew your DACA when your current authorization expires. However, your DACA protection and work permit will continue to be valid until their expiration date, unless specifically revoked by USCIS. 

Remember… 

  • USCIS is no longer accepting DACA applications as of October 5th, 2017. 
  • If you already have DACA, your DACA and related work permit will continue to be valid until the
    day they expire.
  • USCIS will continue to process all initial requests that were pending as of September 5th, 2017.
  • USCIS will continue to process all renewal requests that were pending as of October 5th, 2017.
  • Your DACA work permit is not a travel document and if you leave the United States, you will not be permitted to return. USCIS is no longer accepting applications for Advance Parole based on DACA.  Accordingly, there is not currently a way to request permission to travel based on your DACA status.
  •  It is important that you apply for or renew your driver’s license and/or Texas identification card as soon as possible. You may not be able to do so in the future.
  • Your social security number is yours for life and remains valid even after your DACA expires.

If you lose your work permit and need to apply for a replacement, you will need to pay $495 to USCIS (Immigration) for the replacement work permit under the current fee guidelines.

You can contact the Equal Justice Center to seek assistance. If you have any questions about the DACA program, your DACA work permit, now or in the future, or need assistance applying for a replacement, please call our toll-free hotline at 888.670.6854 or email us at deferredaction@equaljusticecenter.org. ​​​​​


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