DACA news & updates

DACA was declared “illegal” on July 16, 2021, by a judge in Texas. The court order blocked the approval of new applications for the program. This does not affect current DACA recipients. Renewals are still being granted. DACA recipients can now renew online.

What is DACA?

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It gives protection to certain people who entered the U.S. without authorization as children. It allows them to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit. DACA requests are filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

What is the current status of DACA?

  • If you were granted DACA before the court decision on July 16, 2021, you will continue to have DACA. 
  • If you currently have DACA, you can renew it. You can also request and receive advance parole.  
  • USCIS will continue to accept the filing of new DACA requests and requests for employment authorization.
    But, USCIS will not grant new DACA requests and requests for employment authorization.

The Biden Administration and lawmakers have shared they want to change this. DHS proposed a new rule on DACA that could change the program, there is no decision on the new rule yet.
We will update this page with any official changes.

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Find help

It is important to get help if you can. Here are organizations you can trust:

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Our resource finder will help you find legal help and other services near you. You can use FindHello on the web or download the app.
Free assistance to help renew and apply for DACA.
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Offers a step-by-step guide to eligibility and applying for DACA.
Resources for DACA applicants and recipients about COVID-19 closures, renewals, and other updates.
Offers a step-by-step guide on how to apply and renew your DACA that includes virtual preparation sessions.

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. Find free and low-cost legal services.