Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
What is DACA?
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced an Executive Action that allowed eligible undocumented students, who came to the United States as children and met several key guidelines, to request deferred action from deportation. DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allowed for benefits such as employment authorization and travel permission (advanced parole) and was renewable in two-year increments. Over 800,000 individuals throughout the U.S. were granted benefits through the DACA program. On September 5, 2017, the DACA program was rescinded.
The Rescission of DACA on September 5, 2017 means:
DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
No new DACA applications will be accepted. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017.
DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017. If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5, 2017.
Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for Advance Parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.