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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be ending

On Sept. 5, 2017, the Department of Justice announced that it is terminating the DACA program.

Legal options for DACA permit holders

  • If your DACA status expires before March 5, 2018, and you haven’t already filed for renewal, you must act before October 5, 2017.
  • Speak with an immigration attorney about your legal options, and/or hire an immigration attorney to represent you and review or file your renewal application.

What this means for undocumented immigrants with DACA status

  • No one's DACA status will be revoked before it expires, and applications for DACA status – or renewals thereof – received by Tuesday, September 5, 2017, will be processed.
  • Those with DACA status expiring by March 5, 2018 have one month to apply for a new two-year permit. The renewal application deadline is October 5, 2017.
  • More than 200,000 recipients have their DACA status expiring in this window for renewal.

What is DACA?

DACA is an immigration policy created in 2012 to give people brought to the US by their parents the temporary right to live, study and work legally in America.

Under DACA, certain immigrants who entered the country as minors have the right to apply for a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation, and eligibility for a work permit. To date, approximately 800,000 people have received temporary legal immigration status under DACA.

DACA forms, instructions, and worksheets

Visit the USCIS website to find DACA forms, instructions and worksheets.

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