Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

JULY 16, 2021 UPDATE

On July 16, 2021, a federal judge in Texas issued a decision impacting the DACA program. Following this decision:

  • Current DACA beneficiaries remain protected and may continue renewing their work permits until further notice.
  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) may continue to receive and approve requests for travel permission, known as Advance Parole, for current DACA beneficiaries.
  • USCIS cannot approve new DACA applications at this time.

While the program’s future is uncertain, DACA has withstood prior legal challenges in the courts. The Office of Immigrant Affairs will provide additional information and updates regarding the impact of the decision on July 16, 2021.

If you have additional questions about how this DACA decision impacts you, contact the Office of Immigrant Affairs at 1-800-593-8222 or visit for a referral to a nonprofit legal service provider. Before paying for legal services, see our recommendations about Protecting Yourself from Fraud and Getting the Right Help in your immigration case.

This information is not legal advice.

DACA applicants should only seek advice and services only from licensed attorneys and federally accredited representatives. This includes questions about eligibility and form competition assistance. Read “Getting the Right Help” on our Immigration Fraud page for more information. For assistance with a referral to an authorized nonprofit service provider, contact the OIA at 1-800-593-8222.