DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

USICS (Immigration) is currently accepting DACA renewal applications. This is because federal district courts in California and New York 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 Washington, D.C. ordered the federal government to also begin accepting initial DACA applications again. However, the decision is currently on hold. Therefore, USCIS not currently accepting initial DACA applications.

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments on the DACA cases on November 12, 2019.  We anticipate the Supreme Court may make a decision on the fate of DACA sometime in the Spring of 2020.  Due to the uncertainty regarding the future of DACA, we encourage anyone whose DACA has already expired or is set to expire anytime in (at least) the next year to consult with a reputable immigration attorney or accredited representative as soon as possible to discuss filing a DACA renewal application.

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 ever had DACA in the past.
    • Individuals whose DACA expired (or was terminated) more than one year ago may reapply, but must file as an initial DACA applicant.
    • 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.
    • 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 initial DACA applications for individuals who have never had DACA before.
    • Be prepared – It is possible that the government may begin accepting initial DACA applications again as a result of current litigation. You can prepare by gathering documents that evidence that you have been living in the U.S. since at least June 15, 2007, that you arrived in the U.S. before your 16th birthday, and that you have graduated from high school in the U.S., received your GED, or are currently in school.

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