DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

Due to the ongoing case, Texas v. United States,  the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can accept—but not process—new applications. The department has canceled biometrics appointments scheduled for new DACA applicants. However, first-time applicants who have already been approved or received their permits as of July 16, 2021 will be allowed to complete the application process and, if eligible, obtain DACA status.

USCIS is currently granting DACA renewal requests, and applications for advance parole from DACA recipients.

To qualify for DACA you must:

 

  • Have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012

  • Have come to the U.S. before turning 16

  • Have continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007

  • Have been physically present in the U.S. since 15, 2012

  • Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have a GED, or be an honorably discharged U.S. veteran

  • Not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three other misdemeanors

  • Not post a threat to national security or public safety