Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


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Updates on DACA: 
August 2018 Update:
 - Several immigration advocacy groups are urging that DACA recipients with current deferrals apply for a two year extension before August 8th. On this date, a court in Texas will hear the state’s request for an injunction blocking DACA.
January 2018 Update: 
 - An order issued on January 9, 2018 by United States District Judge William Alsup has blocked the Trump administration's plans to phase out protections for undocumented dreamers. The order states that safeguards for deportation must remain in place for anyone who had DACA status prior to September 5, 2017. This ruling does not apply to individuals who did not have DACA protections prior to that date, such as high school dreamers who are in high school and had hoped to apply for DACA protections for the first time this year. It is unclear at this time when the DACA recipients might resume applying for work permits, because that would be up to the Department of Homeland Security, who runs the program.   
September 2017 Update:
 - Initial DACA applications are not being accepted as of September 5, 2017. 
 - Current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked. DACA benefits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance.
 - If you submitted your initial application before September 5, 2017, it will be processed normally by USCIS. Renewal applications must be submitted by October 5, 2017 in order to be considered by USCIS.
 - DACA recipients whose work permits expire on March 6, 2018 or later will not be able to renew.
 - USCIS will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees
 - If an individual’s still-valid EAD is lost, stolen, or destroyed, they may request a replacement EAD by filing a new Form I-765. 

Individuals without legal status who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. 


On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that individuals who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. 

Individuals who can demonstrate through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines will be considered for deferred action. Determinations will be made on a case by case basis under the DACA guidelines. 


Individuals without legal status who came to the US as children may continue to come forward and request an initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA under the guidelines established in 2012. 


Individuals requesting DACA 2012 must submit their requests through mail; the most updated versions of the necessary forms can be found on USCIS's website. 


You may request DACA if you: 

- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; you must also be at least 15 years or older to request DACA, unless you are currently in removal proceedings or have a final removal or voluntary departure order. 

- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; 

- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; 

- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS; 

- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012; 

- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and 

- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. 



DACA in the News

Bennet, Colleagues Urge President Trump to Protect DACA Students

A New Threat to DACA Could Cost States Billions of Dollars

Denver mayor’s immigration executive order would step up resistance, create immigrant legal defense fund


Agencies in Colorado Assisting with DACA


Catholic Charities - Greeley

Hispanic Affairs Project