DACA

DACA is now available for first-time applicants!

*Updated January 8, 2021*

The information on this page does not, and is not intended to, constitute as legal advice. Instead, all content below is provided for general informational purposes only.

 

Current Status of DACA

If you never had DACA and are eligible, you can apply for the first time!

On December 4, 2020, U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in New York said he was fully restoring the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which allows individuals who were brought into the U.S. as children to become eligible for both a work permit and deferred action from deportation. Essentially, Judge Garaufis ordered that the DACA program must return to how it was before the effort by the Trump administration's effort to end the program on September 5, 2017.

Also, all 65,800 1-year DACA grants and work authorizations issued after the unlawful August 2020 memo from Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be extended to 2-years. Earlier in November, Judge Garaufis ruled that acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf lacked the authority to limit DACA because his appointment to the position did not appear to be lawful.

On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration is not permitted to immediately proceed with its plan to end the DACA program.

In summary:

  • The DACA program remains legal and is now open to first-time applicants
  • DACA renewals for those who have DACA or have ever had DACA is also open.
  • Advanced Parole is back in its original form.
  • Anyone who received a one-year renewal of their DACA will automatically have their protections extended to two years.

If you need assistance renewing your DACA status or if you would like to talk with a legal service provider about potential other options to adjust your status, a number of community-based organizations are offering free assistance to applicants. See below.

If you want to apply for your DACA for the first time or renew on your own, here is more information on the specific process of how to re-apply or renew at the links directly below. We recommend that you please check your eligibility here.

 

Free Legal Clinics and Consultations

The organizations below are offering free legal help to qualified DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants, including consultations, screenings, and other legal assistance.

 

Financial Assistance for DACA Renewals

If you need financial assistance to pay for the cost of renewing your DACA application, the below organizations may be able to help:

  • In-State Tuition and Financial Aid: Washington State offers in-state tuition and some form of state financial aid to undocumented students. Learn more here. UPDATED
  • El Centro de la Raza in partnership with OIRA is offering DACA renewal fee scholarship funds are also now to individuals who reside in, or work in, or go to school in Seattle. To apply and learn more, please visit: elcentrodelaraza.org/get-help/daca. UPDATED
  • Express Credit Union offers a DACA Loan for DACA recipients who need help affording the renewal fee.
  • GoFundMe has launched an effort to help DACA recipients crowdfund to raise money for the renewal fee.
  • The Mexican Consulate in Seattle is offering financial assistance to DACA recipients of Mexican origin. Learn more from Consulado de México en Seattle or the closest Mexican consulate near you, as you may be able to receive assistance.
  • Seattle Credit Union offers a DACA Loan for DACA recipients who need help affording the renewal fee.
  • The University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity has compiled this list of financial assistance opportunities for immigrants who may not be able to afford the cost of renewing their DACA status.

 

Mental Health Resources for DACA Recipients

 

About DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was established by President Obama in 2012. It granted a form of temporary relief from deportation known as "deferred action" to undocumented youth who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, who resided in the U.S. since June 2007, and who met other requirements. DACA also provides eligibility for these same individuals to receive a work permit. DACA status is renewable every two years.

More than 800,000 undocumented youth nationwide received this temporary relief. In Washington, approximately 18,000 undocumented youth are DACA recipients, and we estimate about one-third to half of them live in Seattle-King County.

The City of Seattle is a proud municipal supporter of the #HomeIsHere campaign.

A DACA-recipient at a protest.

 

Cities for DACA Campaign

A graphic showing undocumented Americans living their lives freely.The Cities for DACA Campaign makes clear that DACA recipients strengthen the social and institutional fabric of our cities by highlighting recipients’ stories and the positive contributions they make to communities across the country, as well as the negative consequences that ending DACA would have nationwide. The campaign also seeks to ensure that DACA recipients and impacted communities have accurate information about the program, and know how to access local and national resources and services.

Learn more about how municipalities across the U.S. are #CITIESFORDACA.