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Community Advisory on DACA (8/31/2018)

There are several lawsuits dealing with the future of DACA that remain pending. For now, each of the courts have ordered that the government must continue accepting and processing applications to renew DACA benefits until a final decision is made in the respective lawsuits.

For now, we know the following: 1) The government must still accept and process DACA renewals; 2) Unfortunately, the government is still not accepting new DACA applications from individuals who have never previously received DACA; and 3) DACA recipients cannot apply for and travel under Advance Parole.

If your DACA expired ON or AFTER September 5, 2016 you can submit a DACA renewal application. If your DACA expired BEFORE September 5, 2016 or was previously terminated, you can submit a new initial DACA application.

Because litigation around DACA is still ongoing and things may change quickly, if you have had DACA in the past, we strongly encourage you to get a legal consultation from a qualified service provider and renew your DACA immediately if eligible.

DACA recipients with current or expired DACA benefits may contact NIJC to schedule a DACA consultation by calling 312-660-1370 or emailing DACA recipients eligible to renew their DACA may also sign up for NIJC's upcoming free DACA renewal clinics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: DACA (English)

Preguntas Frequentes: DACA (Spanish)

Często Zadawane Pytania: DACA (Polish)

Know Your Rights

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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.