What is DACA? Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
On June 15, 2012, President Obama’s administration announced that certain immigrant students in the United States without legal status would be eligible for deferred action, a temporary protection from deportation. This administrative relief is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA.) Individuals who qualify were be granted deferred action for a two-year period, and receive permission to work in the United States. Once granted DACA status, it is renewable every two years.
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an expansion of DACA and a new administrative relief program, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The implementation of the 2014 programs is pending the outcome of a court case filed in Texas, and you cannot apply for the new programs.
Note: USCIS is still accepting and renewing applications for individuals who meet the requirements in the 2012 program.