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On January 09, 2018, the California federal court ordered that the administration continue to accept Deferred Action for Childhood Arricals (DACA) renewal applications. As a result of this order, NIJC recommends for those who had DACA or currently have DACA that will expire, that they seek immediate legal assistance and, if eligible, immediately renew their DACA status. See below for more guidance.

Sign up to attend a free DACA renewal clinic.

Community Advisory on DACA (1/14/2018)

On January 9, 2018, the Federal District Court in the Northern District of California issued a Preliminary Injunction requiring the federal government “to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission on September 5, 2017.” Following this decision, USCIS announced it would resume processing DACA renewals. In light of these developments, NIJC advises the following:

  1. It may be in the legal interest of DACA recipients to file renewals in the very near future. DACA recipients who wish to file renewals should consult with lawyers or accredited representatives as soon as possible to determine whether they should apply.
  2. Potential applicants should be aware that the opportunity to file DACA renewals may be very short. A higher court could suspend or overturn this order, the government could issue a new statement terminating DACA, and/or Congress could change how immigration laws apply to DACA recipients. These changes could happen in the coming days or weeks and could end the ability to file DACA renewals.

DACA recipients with current or expired DACA benefits may contact NIJC to schedule a DACA consultation by calling 312-660-1370 or emailing


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: DACA (English)

Preguntas Frequentes: DACA (Spanish)

Często Zadawane Pytania: DACA (Polish)

Know Your Rights

DACA is Ending: Know Your Rights

DACA Se Terminará: Conozca Sus Derechos

Other Resources

Quick Guide on DACA and the DREAM Act, NIJC

About DACA and Employment, National Immigration Law Center

DACA Information & Resources (including renewal workshops in Chicago, DACA fee assistance, impact on social security numbers and driver’s licenses), Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Community Advisory: What Do I Need to Know about the End of DACA?, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Take Action

Demand that members of congress take action to pass the bi-partisan DREAM Act that provides legal status for immigrant youth and does not jeopardize the safety and livelihood of other immigrants in the United States.  Act now.