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Update!

On July 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum outlining their policies on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in response to June 18, 2020, U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The document indicates that the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) will:

  1. Reject all first-time/initial DACA applications 
  2. Reject most Advance Parole requests from DACA recipients
  3. Shorten DACA renewal from 2 years to 1 year

Further legal challenges are anticipated.  Current DACA recipients should continue to renew.  (For assistance, please schedule a virtual appointment with our legal services provider, under "CSU Campuses.")

Recall that the following are NOT affected by DACA and non-DACA status:  CSU admissions, enrollment and tuition policies; AB 540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption eligibility; and state funding and eligibility policies for the California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

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The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on Thursday, June 18, 2020.  The Court ruled in favor of immigrant youth and concluded that the presidential administration’s move to terminate DACA in September 2017 was unlawful.  For now, DACA remains in place, and renewal applications continue to be accepted. 

In the weeks and months to come, and after more careful legal analysis, the finer details and implications of this ruling will come to light.  The presidential administration could attempt to end DACA again, and/or DACA policies could revert to those in place before September 2017.  It remains unknown if, and when, first-time DACA and Advance Parole applications will be accepted. 

Please check back for further information and updates. 

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Created by presidential executive order in June 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has provided relief from deportation and the ability to secure work authorization for eligible undocumented youth who were brought to the United States as children. DACA authorization is valid for two years and renewable. DACA does not provide a path to legal permanent residency or U.S. citizenship.

  • In September 2017, the current presidential administration announced its intent to end
    DACA. Several lawsuits were filed claiming that the termination was unlawful, and three
    nationwide court injunctions were subsequently issued.
  • In June 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review these legal challenges. Arguments
    were heard in November 2019, and a decision was issued on June 18, 2020.  

At this time, and pending further guidance as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on DACA on June 18, 2020, only DACA recipients who currently have, or previously had, DACA can continue to submit applications to renew.  First‐time DACA applications are not being accepted for now, but this may change.

The following are NOT affected by DACA:

  • CSU admissions, enrollment and tuition policies
  • AB 540 California Nonresident Tuition Exemption eligibility
  • State funding and eligibility policies for the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)