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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources

On September 5th, President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), which provides protection for the 800,000 undocumented young adults brought to the United States as children. In Washington State, DACA has enabled more than 19,000 of our neighbors to become active members of our society, study in U.S. schools, work legally in the U.S., and pay taxes to the U.S. Treasury. As Congressman Heck works with his colleagues in Congress to change the law to ensure protections for these young people, please see the resources below to see how you might be affected. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has also published important information for DREAMers, which can be found here.

If I haven’t applied yet, can I still apply for DACA?

No. The last day to submit an application was September 5, 2017.

I have DACA status. Did I just lose it?

No. Current DACA status does not expire until March 5, 2018.

My DACA status expires soon. Can I submit a renewal application?

Yes. As a result of a federal court order, you may renew your DACA status if it experies your status expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.

My current status expires after March 5, 2018. Can I still renew?

No. U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services have indicated that they will only accept requests for beneficiaries whose status expires before March 5, 2018.

If, as a DACA recipient, I want to travel outside the U.S., can I apply for a travel document?

No. The Department of Homeland Security is no longer accepting requests for advance parole.

I already have a travel document. Can I travel outside the U.S.?

Maybe. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will decide on your admissibility, even if you hold an advance parole document. Speak to an attorney before traveling outside of the United States.