What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a new form of relief available to young people who meet certain criteria (see below).  It is similar to, but not exactly the same as, another form of relief called "deferred action" that has been around for a long time.  It protects a person from deportation, allowing them to temporarily remain in the U.S. but does not give the recipient any lawful immigration status.

A grant of deferred action is temporary. It is not a pathway to getting a green card or U.S. citizenship.

DACA is granted for a period of 2 years. After the 2 years, the young person can apply to have their DACA status renewed.

A person who gets DACA will also be able to get a work permit if they can show “economic necessity” (that they need to be able to work to earn money). The work permit will only last for the same amount of time as the person’s DACA status but it can be extended if the person’s DACA is renewed.

DACA is granted on a case-by-case basis and it is discretionary. Even if you meet the requirements outlined below, the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) can still decide not to give you DACA.

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