DACA Frequently Asked Questions

Themes/Topics: Law & Policy

Geography: California, National

Audience: Ally, Educator, Undocumented Youth

Are you curious about the current status of DACA? On Friday, December 4, 2020, a New York judge ordered the federal government to restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to its original 2012 state. This means that initial, renewal, and Advance Parole applications will be accepted by USCIS.

1. I’ve never had DACA. Can I apply for DACA for the first time?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply for the initial DACA application. Check out our Steps to Apply for DACA for the First Time to learn more.

2. If I have DACA right now, can I still renew?

Yes, if you have DACA right now or have had it in the past, you can still renew. The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recommends that you submit your renewal between 150 to 120 days from the expiration date of your current DACA.

3. What if I was granted a one-year work authorization?

If you were issued a one-year work authorization, it will be automatically extended by USCIS to two years. You should receive notice from USCIS indicating this extension.

4. Can I apply for Advance Parole?

Yes. Advance Parole is now available to DACA recipients. Advance Parole will only be granted for humanitarian, educational, and employment purposes. Some examples of this are traveling to visit a sick relative (humanitarian), study abroad programs through school or academic research (educational), or conferences and trainings (work).

NOTE: Advance Parole applications must be approved BEFORE traveling outside of the U.S. Being granted Advance Parole does not guarantee re-entry. It is important that you speak with an immigration attorney to understand your situation before traveling outside of the U.S.

5. Where can I get support in filling out my DACA application?

We encourage you to visit ImmigrationLawHelp.org to find nonprofits which may offer free or lower fee services than private attorneys. You can also visit AILALawyer.com to find private attorneys who may be able to respond to your needs more quickly.

6. Where can I get information about immigration options beyond DACA?

If you are curious to know what immigration options you may be eligible for beyond DACA, you can fill out our free, anonymous, and confidential Immigration Legal Intake Service (ILIS) online screening.


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