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Current Status Of DACA

Current status of DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) is a federal policy created in 2012 that allows certain individuals who entered the United States illegally as children to live and work legally in the United States and avoid deportation.

What is the Current Status of the DACA Program?

1. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not currently processing first-time DACA applications.

2. Individuals who already have DACA may:
a. Renew their DACA and employment authorization every two years

To qualify, individuals must:

– Submit their renewal application before or within one year of their DACA expiration date;
– Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007;
– Not have departed the United States on or after August 15, 2012, without permission; and
– Not have been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and must not be a threat to national security or public safety.

b. Apply for permission to travel internationally for specific purposes
DACA recipients may receive permission to travel outside of the United States for educational, professional, or humanitarian purposes. Traveling outside of the United States, even with permission, can be legally risky for some individuals. We recommend you consult with an immigration attorney before traveling.

3. Various proposals to provide a path to permanent residence for DACA recipients have been raised in Congress but none have been approved.

If you have questions or need more information about DACA eligibility or any other immigration matter, please contact the Law Offices of Azita M. Mojarad, P.C. by e-mailing us at or calling us at 312.641-0771.

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