On July 19, 2021 a court stopped DACA applications for people who never had DACA before.
1. If you already have DACA, you are OK. You can still apply for renewal too.
2. The judge decided that USCIS can't give DACA to people who are applying for the first time. If you applied and it was NOT granted yet, the USCIS cannot approve it now.
3. We need a new law from Congress to protect people.
Meanwhile, we hope a higher court will change the rules. If you never had DACA before, and you think you might qualify, check back for changes.
Updated July 20, 2021
If a higher court brings back DACA for everyone, this is who qualifies. People who:
- Were born after June 15, 1981
- Were younger than 16 when they 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 they 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 they have an immigration case)
- Are not a dangerous person
* It may be OK to have left the U.S., but they had to be in the U.S. on June 15, 2012.
Note: If they have disobeyed some laws or immigration rules, they may not qualify for DACA.
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