DACA – program updates

The DACA program has allowed nearly 800,000 young people who came to the USA as children to stay legally. Here is the latest information about the DACA program and resources to help you apply for or renew DACA.

Crowd at DACA protest
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NOTICE: The increase of fees that was due to take place on October 2, 2020, has been stopped by a US court decision. But please check fees before sending in your application.

September 14, 2020 – DACA updates

What has happened?

In June 2020, the US Supreme Court ruled to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) after the US administration tried to close it. In July 2020, a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo said it would not close DACA, but it would not allow any new applications. USCIS has published an official update about DACA.

What does this mean?

People with DACA can apply to renew their permits, but renewals will be for 1 year instead of 2 years. Here are the details:

If you have a current or expired DACA permit:

  • There are no changes to current DACA permits. They are valid until they expire.
  • Any pending applications for renewal will be processed.
  • Any future applications for renewal will be processed. Apply 150 to 120 days before your DACA expires.
  • If your permit has expired, you can submit a renewal application. You can apply for renewal even if your DACA expired more than 1 year ago.
  • Renewals for DACA permits will be for 1 year, not 2 years.

Advance parole:

  • Advance parole is a permit to leave the USA and come back. Advance parole will not be granted to DACA recipients except for emergency reasons.
  • If you currently have advance parole, it is valid until it expires.
  • If you travel outside the United States without advance parole, your DACA will be cancelled. Speak to a lawyer or trusted immigration professional before leaving the USA.

If you want to apply for DACA for the first time:

  • Anyone who is applying for the first time will be rejected.
  • If you are applying for the first time and have already submitted your application, it will be rejected and you will receive a refund of your application fee.

We will update this page as soon as there is more information. If you think you are eligible to renew DACA, please find honest professional help.

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How to renew DACA

If you do not have professional help yet to renew DACA, you can still get started. There is good information available online. Here are some resources you can trust:

Immigrants Rising

Do you want to apply for DACA for the first time? Immigrants Rising has a step-by-step guide to eligibility and applying for DACA.

United We Dream

United We Dream has a step-by-step guide to renewing your DACA. that includes a sample letter and checklist. Note: this page has not been updated since the June 2020 announcement.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has an annotated DACA application form with notes to help you fill in your form. You can also watch the ILRC video for detailed advice about renewing DACA:

Informed Immigrant

Informed Immigrant has resources for DACA applicants and recipients about COVID-19 closures, renewals, and other updates.

The information on this page comes from the National Immigration Law Center, USCIS and other trusted sources. It is intended for guidance and is updated as often as possible. USAHello does not give legal advice, nor are any of our materials intended to be taken as legal advice. If you are looking for a free or low-cost lawyer or legal help, we can help you find free and low-cost legal services.