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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA is a special program announced by President Obama on June 15, 2012. It allows for some undocumented individuals, between the ages of 15 and 31 to apply for protection against deportation, and to work legally in the U.S. for a two year period.

Some people call DACA the Dream Act. The Dream Act is not a law, but only a proposed law. DACA is a program that started as an alternative to the Dream Act. DACA is not a green card or a visa, and it is not a path to citizenship. It only means that the government will not deport you for a period of two years, and will allow you to work for two years.

Produced by Children's Law Center of Massachusetts and Central West Justice Center
Created May 2016

Important Facts about DACA

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Sessions announced the end of the DACA program. Facts you should know:

1. Your current DACA is valid until it expires.

Your DACA status and work permits are valid until the expiration date on your documents. To find out when your DACA expires, look at your approval notice or your work permit.

2. Immigration is not accepting new DACA applications.

Immigration stopped accepting new applications for DACA on September 5, 2017.

3. Renew your DACA status now if it expires before March 5, 2018.

  • If you have DACA status now and it expires before March 5, 2018, renew it now. The deadline for renewal applications is October 5, 2017.
  • If your DACA expired before September 5, 2017 and you did not renew, you cannot renew now.
  • If you cannot afford the renewal fee, see United We Dream article Paying for your DACA renewal and their information about DACA Lending Circles.
  • Attend a Community DACA workshop, get free help from an immigration lawyer who will help you file for your DACA extension.

4. You can no longer apply for advance parole documents to travel outside the US.

  • DACA recipients cannot apply for advance parole documents to travel outside of the country.
  • If you already have an advance parole document, you can use it until it expires.
  • If you have a pending application for an advance parole travel document, the case will be closed and  immigration will refund your fee.

5. Pending requests for DACA will still be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

If you already filed a new application for DACA or a renewal, immigration will still review the cases they received it by September 5, 2017.

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Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated September 2017