Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On his first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to the rules established when it was created in 2012. This means:

  • People who meet the original eligibility criteria but never applied may now request DACA for the first time.
  • Those who already have DACA remain protected from deportation and may continue to renew their work permits under the rules established in 2012.
  • DACA recipients may request “advance parole” – permission to travel outside the U.S. and return lawfully under certain circumstances.

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.