Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On September 5th, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on March 5th, 2018. If you are a first-time applicant to DACA, or are looking for information regarding renewal of your application for DACA, please see the following recommendations from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP):

Advisory Regarding DACA Program After Presidential Election (English and Spanish)

What is DACA?

The DACA program helps undocumented immigrants (who meet certain requirements) gain temporary immigration protections, including access to a work permit and protection from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. Enrollment in the program expires after two years and is subject to renewal.

DACA Eligibility Requirements

  • You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012
  • You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday
  • You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 up to the present time
  • You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time in which you apply for DACA
  • You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012
  • You are currently in school, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military
  • You have NOT been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors, or three or more misdemeanors of any kind

If students have questions about their eligibility for DACA, they are encouraged to seek legal support from a qualified attorney. Some community organizations, such as the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), provide consultation and resources for undocumented immigrants interested in learning more about DACA.