DACA news and the latest updates

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is not approving first time applications. DACA renewals are still being granted and can be completed by mail or online. Find the latest information.

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What is DACA?

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It is a program that gives protection to certain people who entered the U.S. as children and meet guidelines set by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It allows them to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit. It also offers deportation protection.

What is the current status of DACA?

DHS announced a final rule to continue the DACA program that went into effect on October 31, 2022. This rule means there are no changes for current DACA recipients and their ability to renew. 

If you were granted DACA before the court decision on July 16, 2021, you will continue to have DACA as long as you renew. You will also be able to renew your EAD for work authorization and request advance parole for travel. 

The September 13, 2023 court ruling does not change your ability to renew your DACA. 

If you do not have DACA, new applicants will still not be able to apply under the DACA program because of court rulings.

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What is going to happen to DACA?

The future of DACA is uncertain. DACA was ruled unlawful in the courts but the DACA program has not ended.

The latest ruling is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court. That could take time. Depending on what happens, a decision probably could not be made until 2025. Congress could also act, although that is unlikely. 

It is important to continue to renew your DACA in the meantime. We will keep this page updated.

How can I renew my DACA?

You can still renew your DACA. Renewals last 2 years. You will need to submit Form I-821D online or by mail.


You must meet the following requirements:

  • You have not left the USA on or after August 15, 2012 (without advance parole).
  • You have continuously lived in the USA since your most recent DACA approval.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors.

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Find help

It is important to get help if you can. Many organizations and lawyers offer free or low-cost legal services.  Here are organizations that help people with DACA:

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