DACA is a special provision that was first enacted in June 2012 by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Successful applicants would be able to remain in the U.S. and avoid removal action for two years, subject to renewal. Status as a DREAMer does not provide lawful status but does grant eligibility for work authorization., work credits and a Social Security Number.
As of this writing, USCIS is acting in compliance with an order of a U.S. District Court and is:
- Currently accepting first-time request for consideration under DACA based on the policy that was in effect prior to 2017
- Currently accepting DACA renewal requests based on the policy that was in effect prior to 2017
- Currently accepting applications for advance parole documents based on the policy that was in effect prior to 2017
- Extending one-year grants of deferred action to two-year grants
- Extending one-year employment authorization to two-year employment authorizations
The DACA program is back to its pre-2017 state. It's important to note, however, that these provisions may change as politics and policies change. The DACA program is currently in effect, but for the most current information, you should speak with a DACA attorney who understands the impact of changing policies and how these policies may affect your case.
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