On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it is terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In brief summary, the Administration has stated:
- INITIAL DACA applications ACCEPTED by September 5, 2017 will be processed, BUT no INITIAL applications received after September 5, 2017 will be accepted.
- DACA renewal applications accepted by September 5, 2017 will be processed.
- DACA renewal applications for applicants whose current approved DACA benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, WILL be accepted UNTIL October 5, 2017.
Please see the following sites for additional information and resources:
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project community advisory
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project community presentations (English)
- We Are Here to Stay community advisory
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center community advisory
- Department of Homeland Security memorandum (English)
Deferred Action Program
Certain young people brought to the United States through no fault of their own as young children may qualify to apply for deferred action. For those who apply and are approved for deferred action, the government will not seek to remove the applicant from the U.S. for at least two years. Approved applicants become eligible to receive a work permit, valid for at least two years, based on demonstrating their economic need to work.
Who is eligible to apply?
In order to be eligible for deferred action, you:
- Must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 (to satisfy this requirement your birthday must be on or after June 16, 1981);
- Must have come to the United States before age 16;
- Must have continuously lived in the United States for five years prior to June 15, 2012 (to satisfy this requirement you must have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 to the present);
- Must have been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
- Must have entered the United States without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful permission to be in the United States expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Must currently be in school, or have graduated from high school, or have obtained a general education development certificate (GED), or, have an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
- Must not have felonies, significant misdemeanors, 3 or more misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;