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DACA Resource Center

DACA Resource Center

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protects eligible undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. DACA provides employment authorization (work permit) and protection from deportation for a renewable two-year period.DACA Renewal Calculator

Prepare your DACA renewal early. CitizenPath recommends preparing the application up to 6 months before your current period of deferred action expires. Mail your application package to USCIS at least 4 months but no more than 5 months before your expiration date. Read When to Renew DACA.

If you meet the following criteria, you may apply for initial consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA):

  • You were under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
  • You came to the U.S. before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • You have continuously resided in the United States from June 15, 2007 to the present;
  • You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  • You must have had no lawful status on June 15, 2012. You meet this requirement if:
    • You never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012; or
    • Any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had expired as of June 15, 2012.
  • Is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a GED, or has been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces; and
  • Has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors and does not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

The election of President Trump may have negative consequences for the DACA program. Initial DACA applications currently take 3-9 months for approval. It is possible that the DACA program will be canceled before an approval in your case. The cancellation of DACA could result in losing your USCIS filing fee and exposing you to DHS immigration enforcement. Therefore, many attorneys recommend against filing initial DACA applications at this time. Please consult with an immigration attorney to determine the best option for you.

You may be considered for renewal of DACA if you met the guidelines for consideration of initial DACA (see above) and meet all the following guidelines:

  • You did not depart the United States on or after August 15, 2012 without advance parole;
  • You have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent request for DACA that was approved up to the present time; and
  • You have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Obtaining and Renewing DACA

To request consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the following three forms must be submitted together:

  • Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
  • Form I-765WS, Employment Authorization Worksheet

All the forms are available on the USCIS website. If you choose to prepare your DACA application (initial or renewal) with CitizenPath, we will guide you through the form using simple, everyday language and step-by-step instructions that can help you avoid mistakes and costly delays. Our DACA application includes all three forms (I-821D, I-765 and I-765WS) in one simple, low-cost process. Try it out with no obligation to purchase.

Life After DACA

DACA Knowledge Base

Many of your most frequently asked questions can be found in our DACA knowledge base. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, contact us with a question.

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Additional DACA Resources

USCIS Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Page
ICE-Granted DACA Renewal Guidance (only if ICE granted your DACA)
DHS Deferred Action Page
AILA InfoNet
Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Immigration Policy Center
National Immigration Law Center
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