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Common DACA Questions
By Sergio Trevino, December 9, 2020
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Common DACA Questions and Answers 

FAQ About the current state of DACA

What is the current situation with DACA? 

DACA returns to its original status and new DACA applications will be accepted.

A Brooklyn judge ordered that DHS must begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The USCIS Immigration Department confirmed that it will follow the judge's order.

What can immigrant youth do now?

We invite everyone who needs to apply for DACA for the first time to become a LUPE client in preparation to begin their application. Register as a LUPE customer here: www.lupenet.org/newdaca.

I already signed up for the list. What else can I do to support DACA and the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States?

Click here to call your United States Senator and demand that he fight to defend young immigrants and their parents against Trump's deportation agenda.

Whether through the courts or the ballot box, we will continue to fight for and win protections for immigrant youth. 

Can DACA recipients renew? 

If you have DACA now, you CAN renew.

If you had it before and didn't renew, RENEW NOW.

If you were arrested for anything, TALK TO A LAWYER OR IMMIGRATION PROFESSIONAL BEFORE RENEWING.

Can individuals apply for the first time? 

Yes! We invite young people who need to apply for DACA for the first time to become a LUPE client. Register as a LUPE customer here: lupenet.org/newdaca.

You can begin to gather evidence which includes:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Proof THAT AT LEAST ONE of the following is true:
    • You're currently enrolled in school
    • You graduated high school or got the GED
    • You're currently in the military
    • You're an honorably discharged veteran
  • Proof you came to the U.S. before you turned 16 (i.e. school or vaccination records)
  • Proof you've lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007
  • Proof you've been “continuously present” in the U.S. since June 15, 2012 (i.e., school records, school I.D.'s, bank records, Rent receipts, pay stubs)

As soon as there is a chance affecting new applications, LUPE will let the public know.

Can DACA individuals travel? 

MAYBE. Under the judge's order, DACA returns to its original status, including advanced probation (travel permits). If you need to travel soon, TALK TO AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER OR PROFESSIONAL.

Who qualifies for DACA?

To apply for DACA, the following must apply to you:

  • I am currently 15 years old or older, or I am under 15 but in removal proceedings.
  • I was born after June 15, 1981.
  • I started living in the U.S. before June 15, 2007 and have lived here ever since.
  • I started living in the U.S. before my 16th birthday.
  • I was in the U.S. before my 16th birthday.
  • I was in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  • I haven’t had any serious trouble with the law.

Sign up for DACA updates and help us build immigrant youth power. Text the word ‘DACA’ to (956) 420-0093.



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