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Dreamers: DACA is ending, how does that affect you?

Help Dreamers understand scenarios based on their DACA status.

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Dreamers: DACA is ending, how does that affect you? 

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If:

You currently have DACA and work authorization (EAD).

Then:

DACA is being phased out. Your current protection and work authorization remain valid. You need to act now to see if you can renew before Oct. 5, 2017. See below to learn more how this applies to you and get legal help now to make sure you understand your options.

If:

You have a pending application and your initial or renewal DACA applications were received by DHS on or before Sept. 5, 2017

Then:

DACA is ending but applications received by Sept. 5 will be processed. USCIS will process applications on a case-by-case basis and those that receive approvals will be issued a two-year EAD. You should notify your legal representative and DHS of any address changes during this time.

If:

Your initial DACA application was NOT received by DHS on or before Sept. 5, 2017

Then:

DACA has ended. You cannot apply. If you filed an application that was not received by Sept. 5, 2017, it will be rejected and the fees will be returned. You may be eligible for another immigration benefit. Get legal help and information about your rights and how to avoid scams. 

If:

Your DACA will expire on or before March 5, 2018, and a renewal application has not been filed

Then:

DACA is ending but you are eligible to apply for a two-year renewal before Oct. 5, 2017. Seek legal help immediately to see if you should apply to renew DACA and work authorization.

If:

Your DACA will expire after March 5, 2018

Then:

DACA has ended and you are no longer eligible for renewals. You may be eligible for another immigration benefit. Otherwise, you will begin to accrue unlawful presence after your DACA expires. Get legal help and information about your rights and how to avoid scams. 

If:

You have been granted advance parole and still have time to travel during its granted validity period

Then:

Advance parole for DACA recipients has ended but DHS has said it will honor current, valid advance parole. That means you can use the travel document as long as you re-enter before it expires. Note that CBP could refuse you reentry. Seek legal help before you travel to understand the risks.

If:

You have a pending advance parole application as of Sept. 5, 2017

Then:

DHS has ended advance parole for DACA recipients. Pending applications will be closed and your fees should be refunded. If you filed after Sept. 5, your application will be rejected and fee returned.

This resource does not provide legal advice. If you need legal advice, contact an attorney or accredited representative directly. Updated 9/7/2017.