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Updated January 4, 2023

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The DACA program is not approving initial applications. DACA renewals are still being granted and can be completed by mail or online.

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 that 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 under the current policy. It went into effect on October 31, 2022. This rule means there are no changes for current DACA recipients and their ability to renew. New applicants will still not be able to apply under the DACA program because of the July 2021 court ruling.

  • If you were granted DACA before the court decision on July 16, 2021, you will continue to have DACA as long as you renew it on time.
  • 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 requests for DACA and employment authorization, but they will not grant these requests.
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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:

Free assistance with DACA renewals
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
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Offers a step-by-step guide on how to apply and renew your DACA that includes virtual preparation sessions
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