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DACA Updates

Past The October 5, 2017 Deadline

DACA beneficiaries with an EAD that expire on or before March 5, 2018 were eligible to renew by October 5, 2017. All eligible renewal applications were to have been received at USCIS on or before October 5, 2017.

Work Authorization and Deferred Action

If the above-mentioned renewal application is approved, your DACA benefits should be extended for two years, consistent with longstanding USCIS policy. You may work until your EAD expires, even if that occurs after the DACA program terminates on March 5, 2018.

If you are not eligible to file for renewal, you may only work and receive deportation relief until your EAD expires.

Even if your EAD is valid, however, DHS has the discretion to terminate your work authorization and deportation relief - known as deferred action - at any time it deems appropriate.

Looking Ahead: Beyond The October 5, 2017 Deadline

The Administration postponed the termination of DACA until March 5, 2018 to allow Congress time to pursue a legislative solution for current beneficiaries. Though there is bipartisan support for permanent DACA relief and several bills are already pending in Congress, debate within the Republican party as well as a busy legislative calendar means that the prospects for passage of legislation remain uncertain.

Because a legislative solution cannot be guaranteed, DACA beneficiaries should make sure to file a timely renewal application if eligible and to discuss other possible U.S. immigration options with a qualified attorney:

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International Travel

If you have been approved for DACA benefits and hold a valid advance parole (AP) document, you are eligible to travel abroad and reenter the United States, but travel is strongly discouraged because reentry is never guaranteed.

If you do not have AP or your AP application is pending, you will be unable to travel abroad and reenter. USCIS is no longer accepting or adjudicating DACA requests for AP. Pending applications will be closed and filing fees returned.