DACA

*Updated July 1, 2020*

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

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 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 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.

DACA remains legal! As of June 23, 2020, if you have not had DACA in the past, you still cannot yet apply. If you have previously been granted DACA and remain eligible, you can still apply. Please check back here later, as we will continue updating this page as we learn more. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is currently accepting DACA renewal applications, as well as applications from DACA eligible community members whose DACA status has expired.

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, you can sign up for a virtual legal consultation here.

If you want to renew your DACA on your own, here is more information on the specific process of how to re-apply or renew:

 

Free Legal Clinics and Consultations

DACA remains legal for now. But there may be future attempts to eliminate this program. That's why, if you are a current or past DACA recipient or are DACA-eligible, we recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney or accredited representative. The organizations below are offering free legal help to qualified DACA recipients, including consultations, screenings, and other legal assistance. Go here to sign up for a clinic timeslot.

Free DACA Legal Clinic Postcard
  1. King County Bar Association and the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) FREE Virtual Legal Clinics
    You can sign up for a free 45 to 60-minute online consultation with an AILA attorney, who can:
      • Screen you for potential forms of immigration relief and answer your questions, or
      • Review your completed DACA application packet before you submit.
    Online clinic dates are:
    NOTE: We have changed the clinic schedule and will update pending a USCIS decision on accepting new DACA applications.
      • Saturday, July 11, 10 AM - 1 PM
      • Wednesday, July 22, 4 PM - 7 PM
    Sign up for one of the clinic timeslots here.

    Help with outreach by promoting the Facebook page here.
  2. Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) runs a DACA hotline: (206) 566-6664. Please leave a message with your phone number, and a staff member will call you back.
  3. Immigrant legal service provider Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is offering online free virtual appointments for help renewing DACA applications.
  4. Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) has information on DACA legal support in cities across the state.

 

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:\

 

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.

Banner photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.