DACA

*Updated April 30, 2018*

On April 24, 2018, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) legal explanation for the decision to end the DACA program was unpersuasive. The federal judge has given DHS 90 days to deliver a better explanation for why the program should be ended. If the judge is not convinced by DHS' new explanation, then U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may be ordered to accept new initial DACA applications. This decision has not changed who is eligible to apply for the DACA program. 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.

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.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and Perkins Coie are holding free DACA renewal clinics in Seattle and across Washington. More info at NWIRP's DACA Resources page here.

If you are a current DACA recipient, we also recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney or accredited representative to explore whether you might qualify for another avenue to obtain immigration status. 

The DACA situation can change at any moment. We recommend you stay informed of the latest DACA news by following this national youth-led advocacy organization: United We Dream.

 

Important things to know about USCIS' Decision to Accept DACA Renewals

More information at the USCIS website here.

  1. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.
  2. If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may file a DACA renewal.
    Form I-821D
    Form I-765
    Form I-765 Worksheet
  3. If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, or your DACA was previously terminated at any time, you cannot request DACA as a renewal, but you may file a new initial DACA request.
    Form I-821D
    Form I-765
    Form I-765 Worksheet
  4. Pay appropriate $495 fee or approved fee exemption request and file your DACA renewal at a USCIS designated location: uscis.gov/i-821d-addresses (Mission Asset Fund can help you with the renewal fee. If you need $495 for your renewal, visit LC4DACA.org to get a DACA fee assistance grant.)
  5. USCIS will not accept or approve advance parole requests from DACA recipients.
  6. To avoid the delayed delivery of DACA renewal forms that happened last year, some legal organizations are recommending using courier services that deliver the application directly to USCIS offices, instead of to the P.O. box.

The DACA situation can change at any moment. We recommend you stay informed of the latest DACA news by following this national youth-led advocacy organization: United We Dream.

 

About

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, resided in the U.S. since June 2007, and met other requirements. 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.

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would be ending the program as of March 5, 2018. On January 10, 2018, a federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. On January 16, 2018, the Justice Department filed a notice of appeal with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and said it will also take the "rare step" of filing a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. Then on February 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court declined that White House request, leaving the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporary injunction in place.

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DACA Information Materials

You can download the flyers and infographics by right-clicking on them and then saving to your desktop.

Center for American Progress Washington State DACA Fact Sheet

United We Dream Top 10 Things to Know about the DACA Injunction

 

Links to Other Resources

NWIRP DACA Resource Guide

Here to Stay Comprehensive advocacy and resource guide

Bankrate 5 financial moves DREAMers should make now

College Scholarships for "Dreamers" from thedream.us

Washington Law Help Healthcare Options for DACA recipients

 

Partners

21 Progress | Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) | Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) | Colectiva Legal del Pueblo (Colectiva) Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center | Korean Community Service Center (KCSC) | Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) | Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA) | Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union | South Park Information and Resource Center (SPIARC) | St. James Immigrant Assistance | Washington Dream Coalition (WDC)Back to the top

 

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