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About DACA & Renewal


DACA is short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA allows some undocumented people who came to the U.S. as children to work and stay for 2 years. DACA can be renewed.

You may qualify for "initial" (first time) DACA if you:

  • Were born after June 15, 1981
  • Were younger than 16 when you came to the U.S.
  • Came to the U.S. by June 15, 2007 and stayed here to live
  • Were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  • Were undocumented on June 15, 2012 and are still undocumented when you apply. (It's OK if you had a visa or immigration status for a while, but you had to be undocumented on June 15, 2012 and when you apply.)
  • Graduated high school, got a GED, or are in school now. (Many – but not all – learning programs count as "school," such as vocational, job training, and ESL programs.)

 Note: If you have disobeyed some laws or immigration rules, you may not qualify for DACA.

 How old do I have to be to apply for DACA?
You must be at least 15. Exception: If there is a removal order or you have an immigration case, you can apply younger. 

How could DACA help me?

If you qualify, DACA can let you:

  • Get a 2-year work permit that can be renewed  
  • Apply for a social security number
  • Get a driver's license, in many states
  • Get permission (advance parole) to travel outside the U.S. for limited reasons

Who qualifies for DACA renewal?

If you had DACA before, you can renew or apply again. You can apply for renewal even if your DACA expired or is about to expire. Here is what to keep in mind:

  • The renewal application is easier if you have DACA now, or it expired less than one year ago.
  • If your DACA expired more than one year ago, you must apply as if it were the first time. This means you will have to show evidence that you qualified for DACA before.
  • If you left the U.S. without permission (advance parole) after August 15, 2012, get legal help before you renew or make other applications. 

When can I apply to renew my DACA?

Check your DACA card (work permit) for the exact date it expires.

  • The USCIS goal is to renew your DACA in 120 days, but it often takes longer.
  • You can apply for renewal as early as one year before your DACA expires.
  • Your new DACA card (work permit) will be for two years. If you apply for renewal early, you lose some of the time on your current DACA.

 

 

Updated March 5, 2021


Eligibility Requirements

You may qualify for DACA if you:

  • Were born after June 15, 1981
  • Were younger than 16 when you came to the U.S.
  • Came to the U.S. by June 15, 2007 and stayed here to live
  • Were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012*
  • Were undocumented on June 15, 2012 and are still undocumented when you apply
  • Graduated high school, got a GED, or are in school now
  • Are at least 15 (or younger if there is a removal order or you have an immigration case)
  • Are not a dangerous person
    * It may be OK to have left the U.S., but you had to be in the U.S. on June 15, 2012.
    Note: If you have disobeyed some laws or immigration rules, you may not qualify for DACA.

You can apply for DACA renewal if:

  • Your DACA expired;
  • The government took away your DACA; or
  • Your DACA is about to expire.

Note: You may not qualify for DACA renewal if you committed certain crimes or traveled outside of the United States without permission. Talk to an advocate if you are not sure you qualify


Benefits of DACA & Renewal


Social Security Number

Work

Travel


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