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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA temporarily delays the deportation of people without documentation who came to the U.S. as children. Renewal is not automatic. Learn how to keep your DACA status.

Information about DACA court decisions

U.S. district courts have determined that the DACA policy "is illegal." But those who had obtained DACA on or before July 16, 2021, will still be protected. They will also be able to renew their DACA and work authorization requests.

DACA renewals and work authorization

Learn about renewing your DACA request online, including:

  • Who is eligible to renew
  • When to file your renewal request
  • What documents you need to submit

If you have DACA, you may be eligible for employment. Learn more about work authorization for DACA recipients.

Learn if you are eligible for DACA and how to apply

If you did not obtain DACA by July 16, 2021, you may still file for it and for work authorization. But at this time, the Department of Homeland Security will not be able to grant your initial request for DACA or work authorization.

See the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services DACA page to learn:

  • If you are eligible to request DACA based on:
    • Your age
    • When you came to the U.S.
    • Your education or military status
  • How to file for the first time and what documents you need to submit or renew your DACA request online

If you have further questions about DACA, check the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) FAQ page. If you cannot find an answer to your question there, you can call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY: 1-800-767-1833).

LAST UPDATED: December 8, 2023


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