Information for DACA Recipients about DACA Termination (haga clic aquí para la versión en español)
**Update: January 11, 2018**
Because of a new federal court order, you may still be able to renew your DACA status. The order should allow you to renew if you are in one of these three situations:
- Your DACA expired before September 5, 2017, or
- Your DACA expiration date is after March 5, 2018, or
- Your renewal application was rejected because of clerical errors.
The court order does not require the government to accept ne DACA applications. Also, the court order is temporary and could change. We will try to update this webpage if we hear of any important news.
If you are having trouble renewing your DACA status, or if you feel your DACA status was unfairly terminated, please file a complaint with us. We will respond as soon as we can to let you know if we can help you.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Today the Trump administration announced that they are cancelling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a program that grants legal status and work permits to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth who came to the U.S. as children. The policy details are as follows:
- Current DACA recipients will maintain their deferred action status and work permits until they expire.
- The administration won't consider new applications for DACA dated after September 5, 2017. However, if your application was filed before September 5th and is currently pending it will continue to be processed.
- Anyone who has a DACA permit expiring in the next six months (between now and March 5, 2018), can apply for a two-year renewal. That application must be submitted in the next month, by October 5, 2017.
- Anyone whose DACA expires on or after March 6, 2018 will not have an opportunity to renew and will lose their work permit and deferred action status on their individual expiration date, making them subject to job loss and potential deportation.
- In the rescission announcement, USCIS has said that it generally will not proactively share DACA recipients’ information with immigration enforcement authorities after their DACA grant expires. However, USCIS will refer cases to ICE in certain situations, particularly where the individual raises certain criminal justice or national security concerns.
- DACA recipients will no longer be able to apply for permission to travel outside the United States (“advance parole”). DHS will not generally rescind advance parole grants to DACA recipients issued before September 5, 2017, but whether or not individual DACA recipients would be able to return from abroad will be up to CBP’s case-by-case discretion.