Information for Defferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Recipients (haga clic aquí para la versión en español)

1. What is the current status of the DACA program?

Q.What is the current status of the DACA program?
A.

On July 16, 2021, a federal judge in Texas ruled against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting a partial end to the policy for new applicants. The judge ordered that no new first-time DACA requests can be granted as of that day; however, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can continue to process and grant renewal requests for the time being.

2. What does this decision mean? 

Q.What does this decision mean? 
A.

Current DACA recipients are still protected and can keep their deferred action and work permits for now. If you have been granted DACA in the past, you can apply for DACA renewal. But if your DACA has been expired for a year or more, it will be treated as a new application and will not be processed. If you are eligible for DACA but have never submitted your application, your initial application will NOT be processed.

3. When do I have to renew my DACA?

Q.When do I have to renew my DACA?
A.

If your DACA expires soon, USCIS suggests filing a renewal application between 120 and 150 days (i.e., 4 to 5 months) before the expiration of your DACA.

4. Can I apply for Advanced Parole?

Q.Can I apply for Advanced Parole?
A.

According to USCIS’s DACA Frequently Asked Questions, the agency will continue to process and grant advance parole to current DACA recipients for now. 

5. What can I do now?

Q.What can I do now?
A.

If it’s your first time applying for DACA, seek legal consultation from an attorney accredited in the state of Idaho. If your renewal request is already processing, your renewal should continue as normal. To view the progress of your application, visit the USCIS website.

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