At this time, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting DACA renewal applications from people who currently or previously had DACA. However, they are NOT accepting first-time DACA applications.
On January 13, 2018, USCIS announced that it would begin accepting DACA renewal applications. This announcement was in response to a federal court order requiring the Trump administration to accept DACA renewal applications again. The Trump administration has appealed this order and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse it. But so long as the order remains in effect, USCIS is required to process DACA renewal applications.
On April 24, 2018, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. ruled that the termination of DACA was unlawful and gave the Trump administration 90 days to better explain their reasoning for ending the program. If the administration fails to provide a sufficient response in 90 days, the court will require USCIS to accept new DACA applications from eligible immigrant youth. However, new applications are not being accepted at this time.
The information above could change, pending litigation. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
I have DACA. Can I keep my status for now?
Current DACA recipients keep their deferred action status and work permits until they expire.
Can I submit a first-time application for DACA?
Not at this time. If you never had DACA before, you may not submit an application for DACA. Only people who had DACA at some point in the past can submit an application to renew their DACA.
Can I apply to renew my DACA?
Yes. If you were granted DACA, you may apply to renew your DACA.
However, the process is different if your DACA expired before September 5, 2016. If your DACA expired before that date, you must fill out the application as if you were applying for the first time.
If you had DACA at some point, and the government terminated your DACA, you can also fill out a DACA application as if you were applying for the first time.
When should I apply to renew my DACA?
You should assess whether it makes sense for you to apply as soon as possible. USCIS has not provided guidance on when people should submit their DACA renewal applications. There is no deadline by when applications are due. However, the Trump administration has already appealed the court order requiring that it accept renewal applications. It is possible that the court order will be reversed by another court and that the administration will stop accepting renewal applications.
I have DACA. Can I apply for advance parole to travel outside the U.S.?
No. USCIS is no longer accepting applications for advance parole from DACA recipients.
I had DACA, but the Trump administration revoked it even though I still qualify for DACA. What should I do?
If you believe you or someone you know has had their DACA unlawfully revoked, contact the ACLU at DACArevoked@aclu.org.