DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an administrative relief from deportation. DACA's purpose is to protect eligible immigrants who came to the United States before their 16th birthday and were younger than 31 years old as of June 15, 2012.
In addition to protection from deportation, DACA also gives young, undocumented immigrants a work permit. The program expires after two years and is subject to renewal.
On Sept. 5, 2017, the president of the United States directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end DACA over the next two and a half years.
On Jan. 9, 2018, a U.S. District Judge issued a ruling ordering the administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling impacts individuals who were previously granted deferred action under DACA, and does not permit new applications for DACA status.
It is possible a higher court may intervene. We will continue to post information on this page as we receive it. For more information on renewals please visit the USCIS website.