**UPDATE: The Supreme Court’s 5-4 majority decision issued June 18, 2020, Department of Homeland Security Et Al v. Regents of the University of California Et Al, penned by swing voter Chief Justice John Roberts, was hailed as a victory to the Dreamers and DACA eligible. Read our article here.
Individuals who came to the United States as children and meet certain criteria may be allowed to stay in the country and work for a period of two years, subject to renewal. Consideration of deferred action does not confer lawful status but rather prevents the U.S. government from removing the individual while holding such status.
You may request DACA if you:
On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions which included the expansion of DACA FOR people of any current age who entered the United States before the age of 16 and lived in the United States continuously since January 1, 2010, and extending the period of DACA and work authorization from two years to three years.
NOTE: Due to a federal court order, USCIS will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA on February 18 as originally planned. The court’s temporary injunction, issued February 16, does not affect the existing DACA. Individuals may continue to request an initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA under the original guidelines. Please check back for updates.