The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York vacated the July 2020 DHS Memo and restored the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to its original 2012 form on December 4, 2020.
This provides many undocumented young people with better economic opportunity; attain higher education and so on. In the coming years, thousands of beneficiaries will need to renew DACA, and million across the US can apply if they met the criteria.
Frequently asked questions about DACA
What is Deferred Action fir Childhood Arrivals?
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. Additionally, DACA recipient are eligible for a social security number, and a state issued driver’s licenses. However, DACA does not grant lawful status or pathway to US citizenship.
Is there age limit for DACA?
According to US citizenship and immigration services, following is the criteria for DACA-
Can you renew DACA now?
Yes, all individuals who have DACA now or had DACA in the past can still renew. USCIS recommends that individuals submit DACA renewal requests between 5 to 4 months before their current DACA expires. Despite this, USCIS should accept filings submitted earlier than the 4 months from expiration.
Remember that DACA is temporary and you need to renew it every two years.
If you residing in LA and are applying for the first time, we recommend you consult with an immigration attorney in LA before you decide whether to apply. An immigration attorney in Los Angeles can help you weigh the benefits and risks of applying for DACA.
As per the DACA guidelines, all undocumented individuals, whether they have DACA or not, should speak to a legal service provider to be oriented about their legal options.
Please remember that submitting any immigration application without expert assistance can be highly risky.