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What is DACA?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a policy introduced in 2012, under the Obama Administration, that allows certain people who came the United States as children administrative relief from deportation, otherwise referred to as deferred action. The DACA policy was established to protect immigrants who arrived, or were brought, to the United States when they were under the age of 16. Individuals who qualify for DACA may request deferred action for a period of two years. DACA can be renewed. Individuals who secure DACA are also eligible for work authorization. It is important to keep in mind that DACA does not provide a lawful status or a pathway to citizenship. It does, however, allow individuals to secure a social security number, driver’s license, and work permit, as well as preventing deportation during the validity period of the individual’s DACA status.

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DACA Frequently Asked Questions

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There are limited circumstances under which a fee exemption will be granted for DACA applicants. To be considered for the exemption, applicants should include a letter and supporting documentation to establish income less than 150% of the US poverty level as well as associated, qualifying hardships related to age, foster care, lack of familial support, disability, and/or medical debts. The fee exemption needs to be filed prior to the DACA application. Filing the full application without an approved fee exemption will result in a rejection of the application.

Approved DACA applicants cannot and should not travel outside of the US without advance parole. Advance parole is requested from USCIS and is a travel document that allows non-citizens inside the US to depart re-enter the US after temporary travel abroad. Advance parole must be applied for and is generally granted for specific and significant purposes, such as for humanitarian, education, or employment purposes; vacation travel is not a reason for requesting advance parole. It is important to note that even with advance parole, a non-citizen can be refused re-entry into the country as per the discretion of border officials. DACA applicants should not leave the country without advance parole as they would lose DACA status and may not be allowed back into the US.

Although USCIS recommends filing for DACA renewal sometime between 150 and 120 days from the DACA expiration date, renewals can be submitted up to 365 days/1 year in advance of the expiration date. However, it is important to note that renewals filed significantly earlier than the expiration can result in a renewed DACA status that overlaps with the existing one. While there is no legal impediment to this, it can mean that the applicant does not have coverage for 2 full years for each renewal process.