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Quick Facts on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

The DACA program has changed. It has been phased out by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Here are few quick facts about the program.

  • Around 690,000 undocumented youth have received DACA, as of Sept. 5, 2017. 
  • Deferred action status granted under the DACA program does not confer long-term immigration benefits upon the recipient. It only provides a temporary relief from deportation. Temporary immigration status granted under DACA is valid for only a two-year period, after which it needs to be renewed. This status does not let the recipient live in the U.S. indefinitely. 
  • DACA recipients can keep their deferred action status until the status expires. Unless the status is specifically revoked, recipients will not lose their status and will not lose benefits DACA has conferred upon them. 
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA. But applications for initial DACA received by September 5th, 2017, will be adjudicated. Initial applications received after September 5th, 2017, will be rejected.
  • Applications to renew DACA will be accepted until October 5th, 2017. If the expiration date of your DACA status falls between September 5th, 2017 and March 5th, 2018, you can file an application before October 5th, 2017 to get your status renewed. USCIS will accept DACA renewal applications only until October 5th, 2017.
  • If you lose or have already lost your DACA work permit or if the permit has been stolen or destroyed, you can request a new one by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
  • If you are a DACA recipient, you may not be able to apply for advance parole. Applications for advance parole filed by DACA recipients will no longer be approved by the USCIS.

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