What is the current state of DACA?

The DACA program has been partially ended and is currently open for renewals only. 

Current DACA statuses remain valid, and renewal applications will be processed normally. Current DACA recipients are encouraged to renew their DACA up to 5 months before their work authorization (Employment Authorization Document or EAD) expires. If you’re looking for fee assistance to cover the $495 DACA renewal fee, check out MAF’s DACA Fee Assistance Program.

On July 16, 2021, a federal court in Texas issued a ruling on the legality of DACA, blocking USCIS from approving first-time applications. This means that USCIS will NOT grant DACA status to first-time applicants if their applications were not already approved before July 16, 2021.

Please note that there will likely be additional DACA policy changes in the future. We’ll update this article as soon as there are any new developments. In the meantime, we strongly recommend that you consult an immigration lawyer or a nonprofit legal service provider about your specific case.

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