• December 4, 2020

Federal Judge Rules DACA Must Be Fully Restored

Federal Judge Rules DACA Must Be Fully Restored

Federal Judge Rules DACA Must Be Fully Restored 150 150 Office of Immigrant Affairs

On Friday, December 4, 2020, a federal judge ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be restored to the rules established when the program was created in 2012.

This means:

  • People who meet the original eligibility criteria but never applied for the program may apply for DACA for the first time.
  • DACA recipients may request “advance parole” – permission to travel outside the U.S. and return lawfully under certain circumstances.
  • DACA work permits are extended to 2 years. This includes persons who recently renewed and received a work permit with 1 year of eligibility.
  • People who already have DACA remain protected from deportation and may continue to renew their work permits under the rules established in 2012.

The Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA), part of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, celebrates today’s ruling. OIA also encourages all persons seeking to apply for DACA for the first time, and those seeking to apply for advance parole, to consult with a licensed attorney or authorized nonprofit legal service provider before applying. OIA can help you connect with a legal service provider. Call us at (800) 593-8222.

For more detailed information on DACA, visit oia.lacounty.gov/DACA.