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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Information and Resources

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum allowing individuals who came to the U.S. as children and meet certain guidelines to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A person who is granted DACA receives permission to live and work in the U.S. for two years (may be renewed). If someone is approved for DACA, s/he may apply for a social security number and in most states, a driver’s license. Click the button below for more information about DACA and to view CLINIC’s resources for legal service providers and DACA applicants.
 

Frequently Asked Questions: DAPA, Expanded DACA, and the Court Injunction

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) had planned to begin accepting applications for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on February 18, 2015. Unfortunately, DHS has temporarily delayed the launch of expanded DACA due to a federal court decision halting its implementation. The court’s injunction also temporarily blocked implementation of the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program that was slated to begin this May.

Update on DACA (October 2014)

By Ilissa Mira The Ombudsman’s Office met with CLINIC and other immigration advocates to discuss developments regarding DACA and reports from the field.  This article provides updates on a variety of issues related to DACA eligibility and adjudication. USCIS Statistics

DACA Initial/Renewal Clinic Training for Volunteers

Volunteer Training Part 1 - DACA Overview and the Eligibility Guidelines    
Volunteer Training Part 2 - How to Complete the Application Forms    
Volunteer Training Part 3 -  Overview of the DACA Workshop Model  

DACA Renewal and Updates

    This webinar provides an overview of the DACA renewal process and highlights other updates to DACA guidance.  We share practice tips and respond to common questions about the renewal process and the new Form I-821D. 

USCIS Releases Revised Form I-821D and DACA Renewal Guidelines

By Ilissa Mira, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney   On June 5, 2014, USCIS released the much anticipated revised Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The new dual-purpose form will be used to file both initial and renewal DACA requests.  As of the release date, USCIS will not accept DACA requests submitted on the old form.

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