DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


The Supreme Court announced on June 18, 2020 that the Trump Administration's termination of the DACA program was unlawful because it did not give an adequate explanation or take the proper steps to end it. This means that DACA remains in place for now, unless and until the government validly terminates it. The Supreme Court left the door open for the Trump Administration to continue trying to close down the DACA program.  We continue to monitor developments.

Here is what you need to know:

  • USCIS (Immigration) is currently accepting DACA renewal applications for individuals who currently have DACA or have ever had DACA in the past.
    • You may be able to apply early for your renewal! USCIS is accepting DACA renewal applications filed more than six months before the applicant’s current DACA expiration date.
    • Individuals whose DACA has been expired for more than a year may reapply by fling as an initial DACA applicant.
    • It is unclear how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications since the Trump Administration may try to end the program again soon. We encourage anyone who may be eligible to renew to consult with a trusted immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative as soon as possible.
  • USCIS should begin accepting initial DACA applications for individuals who have never had DACA before.
    • Individuals who have never had DACA before should be able to apply for the first time under the Supreme Court decision; however, USCIS has not announced that it will accept initial applications, and it may not do so immediately.
    • Anyone who is considering applying for DACA for the first time should consulted with a trusted immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative for individualized advice.
    • Be prepared – individuals considering applying for the first time should begin gathering documents to prove they meet the eligibility guidelines, including: living in the U.S. since at least June 15, 2007, arrival in the U.S. before turning 16 years old, graduation from high school, completion of GED or current enrollment in school.
  • USCIS should begin accepting Advance Parole (international travel permit) applications for individuals with DACA.
    • Individuals with DACA should be able to apply for Advance Parole; however, USCIS has not announced that it will accept applications for DACA-based Advance Parole, and it may not do so immediately.
    • There are significant considerations that should be discussed with a trusted immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative before making the decision to apply for Advance Parole and before traveling outside the United States.
  • Please beware of notarios and always seek assistance from a reputable immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative.
  • We must continue to pressure Congress to pass a Dream Act. 

You may contact the Equal Justice Center to seek assistance with your DACA case 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 if you need assistance applying for a replacement work permit, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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