DACA is a federal executive memorandum (not law) that provides undocumented youth who came to the U.S. as children (before their 16th birthday) and who meet specific criteria:
- temporary relief from deportation (deferred action)
- work authorization
DACA is subject to renewal every two years and does
- grant lawful status
- provide a path to citizenship
- grant eligibility for federal student aid
Where does DACA currently stand?
Since it was rescinded in 2017, numerous lawsuits have followed, challenging the DACA program's termination and the legality of the program itself. The future of DACA remains uncertain, so it is important to keep in mind that there could be changes to the program and to be up to date.
You can find the most recent updates and information via the following DACA-related websites:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
Important: It is recommended that applicants consult an immigration attorney or United States Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representative before applying. This searchable
online directory can help students find free and low-cost legal help:
Per USCIS, if you currently have DACA, it has expired or was terminated, you are eligible to request a renewal if you meet the initial 2012 guidelines and:
- did not depart the U.S. on or after August 12, 2012 without advance parole
- have continuously resided in the U.S. since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved
- have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
Note: There are two different renewal processes based on how long it has been since your DACA expired.