Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

June 28, 2015
This week marks the third annual anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Department of Homeland Security’s initiative to grant consideration to individuals who entered the United States as children in deferring prosecutorial action as well as issuing work authorization if they meet certain criteria.

While a permanent solution to the struggle of undocumented children in this country by the Federal government remains to be seen, DACA permits successful applicants to work, attend school, and serve in the military subject to renewal every two years. As a result, we have seen an increase in the number of applicants who now have the opportunity to continue their studies and seek employment without fear of immediate removal.

In the meantime, Immigration Advocacy Services remains committed to monitoring DHS updates on how these requests will be treated and assisting childhood arrivals with the application process.

As a reminder, it is not too late to submit initial applications and to renew an existing application. For those who have already applied and been approved, we recommend renewing as soon as possible within 4-5 months of expiration.