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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On January 10, 2018, Judge Alsup of the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction in Regents of the University of California, et al. V. Department of Homeland Security requiring USCIS to resume accepting certain DACA applications. See our practice advisory for more information. We will continue to provide updates to this resource page as developments arise.  Resources will include in-depth legal analysis, practice advisories, program tools and community outreach materials.

If you are a DACA recipient who needs legal assistance, please contact one of our affiliates using our directory.


Latest information on DACA

DACA Screening Tool

This bilingual (English/Spanish) screening tool can help legal services  providers assess whether a DACA recipient is eligible to request renewal.

Updated date: 03/06/2018

This practice advisory, written for legal service providers, answers common questions about applying for DACA in light of the Regents of the University of California V. DHS court order and ongoing litigation.  It includes current practice tips and will be updated as we learn more.

Updated date: 03/06/2018

Resources for legal practitioners

The future of DACA remains uncertain and  it’s imperative to screen DACA recipients for other forms of immigration relief.  This practice advisory, written for legal service providers, reviews common forms of relief that may be available to current and former DACA holders.


Updated date: 04/19/2018

The Trump Administration’s September 5, 2017 DACA rescission has left DACA recipients in limbo and prompted many questions on what comes next for this vulnerable population. 

Updated date: 04/16/2018

Learn about screening DACA recipients for Special Immigration Juvenile Status eligibility.

Updated date: 03/09/2018

This practice advisory, written for legal service providers, explains what the end of DACA means for your clients. It includes current practice tips and will be updated as we learn more. 

Updated date: 03/06/2018

Was your DACA client’s renewal application erroneously rejected despite timely submission on or before the October 5, 2017 deadline?

In this webinar, we discuss the latest guidance on how to resubmit DACA renewals that were erroneously rejected. We review how to rectify DACA renewals rejected due to USCIS lockbox error or US Postal Service mail-service delays. Using different case scenarios, we discuss when and how to resubmit, what to include in the resubmission packet, and how to advise clients facing a lapse in deferred action.

Updated date: 01/31/2018

The Trump Administration has announced an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This webinar explores what we know about the policy so far and how it affects your clients. Under the new policy, current DACA recipients will maintain deferred action and employment authorization until their current grants expire

Updated date: 12/01/2017

Since the Trump administration rescinded DACA, several states, universities and non-profits have filed lawsuits challenging the rescission and termination. Here are the updates so far.

Updated date: 12/01/2017

Resources for dreamers and the public


Use this flow chart as a quick guide to understand what to do next as a DACA recipient. Available in English and Spanish.

Updated date: 02/22/2018

Last updated 9/7/2017

The Trump administration announced Sept. 5, 2017 that it is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA provides temporary protection from deportation and work authorization for certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Updated date: 01/31/2018

Twenty states and the District of Columbia offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. This infographic shows states that allow immigrant youth access to affordable and quality higher education. See whether DACA termination affects immigrants’ ability to attend or afford college in your state.

Updated date: 01/25/2018

President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out DACA is “a heartbreaking disappointment,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Updated date: 12/01/2017

Here are several ways you can take action right now to defend Dreamers.

Updated date: 12/01/2017

Other useful resources

The president's Jan. 25, 2017 executive orders on border and immigration enforcement effectively put more than 11 million undocumented and other immigrants living in the U.S. at risk of detention and deportation. As a result, families at risk face challenges and difficult decisions in preparing for the possibility of being separated from one another. Planning to ensure children (as well as other dependents) and financial assets are taken care of is crucial but preparation can be complex.

Updated date: 09/05/2017

Use this tool to see if you may eligible for some type of immigration relief.

Updated date: 09/05/2017

This document can help undocumented individuals determine whether they might qualify for some sort of immigration relief and whether they are at high risk of being arrested by immigration.

Updated date: 03/28/2018

CLINIC's Know Your Rights materials help you be prepared for encounters with ICE or police and contain a Know Your Rights card. 

Updated date: 09/05/2017

A very informative guide on the best ways to avoid immigration scams to protect yourself and not suffer consequences. 

Available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. Disponible en español.

Updated date: 03/28/2018

Immigrating to another country takes a lot of courage. Some people may see your immigration status as a weakness and try to take advantage of you. Others may genuinely want to help you, but they simply are not authorized or qualified to do so. Before you ask someone for help on your immigration case, or pay for any services, CLINIC wants to teach you how to protect yourself against immigration scams, commonly called notario fraud.

Updated date: 03/08/2018