On September 5, 2017, the current Republican administration ordered the Department of Homeland Security to initiate the orderly phase out of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The DHS is no longer considering initial applications for DACA.
Individuals who have not submitted an application by Sept. 5, 2017, for an initial request under DACA may no longer apply.
As all DACA-based benefits are provided on a two-year basis, individuals who currently have DACA will be allowed to retain both DACA and their work authorizations until they expire.*
*On July 28, 2020, DHS announced its intention to:
Please stay tuned as these are developing matters.
Q: I never applied for Deferred Action status, but I would like to now. Can I?
A: Unfortunately, if you have never before applied for benefits under Deferred Action status and did not send your application to USCIS prior to Sept. 5, 2017, you cannot apply as an initial applicant at present.
Q: I would like to renew my existing work permit under Deferred Action status. Can I?
A: You may be eligible to submit a renewal application to USCIS which will be reviewed on an individual, case-by-case basis.
Q: If my work permit lapses and I cannot renew it, what else can I do?
A: Talk to an immigration attorney to see if other benefits exist under the law for which you may be eligible.
Q: What resources will keep me up-to-date on the latest in DACA news?