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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Update: October 10, 2022 - From the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) (PDF)...

On October 5, 2022, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision. The Fifth Circuit agreed with Texas and found that the DACA policy is unlawful an sent the case back to the Southern District of Texas to consider the recently issued final DACA rule. 

  • People who currently have DACA can continue to renew their DACA and apply for advance parole. 


Update:  July 16, 2021 – From the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)...

A federal judge in Texas ruled that the DACA program is unlawful. What does this decision mean for DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals?

  • Those with approved DACA cases remain valid. People who currently have DACA keep their DACA protection and work permit.
  • DACA renewals continue. People who have DACA now or had DACA in the past are still eligible to renew their case.
  • Pending renewal applications will be processed. Talk to a legal service provider about renewing.
  • First time DACA applications are on hold. No new DACA applications will be approved after July 16, 2021. The decision blocks USCIS from approving any new DACA case. Therefore, anyone with a pending, first-time DACA application will not be granted at this time.

As always, the best route is to speak with a trusted legal service provider if you are looking to submit any application to USCIS. This does not just help ensure that your application packet and supporting evidence are reviewed by an expert but it also helps screen you for other forms of immigration relief.


Update: January 20, 2021 –  President Biden issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the U.S. Attorney General, to take all actions to “preserve and fortify” DACA.  While promising, this may not be the end of DACA litigation. 

Currently, DACA policy remains restored to its original 2012 state, as ordered on Dec. 4, 2020. Please review details here (PDF).


Update:  Dec. 4, 2020 – NY Court rules to restore full DACA program (for now)

Message provided to the CSUs from legal partner, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC):

A federal judge in the Eastern District of NY ruled today to rescind the Wolf Memo from July 2020 limiting the DACA program and to fully restore the original 2012 DACA program! This decision is subject to appeal and there will be another hearing in this case next week. See more info here

 This is not the end of the road for the DACA litigation, but this ruling means that for now:

  • Initial DACA applications, renewal applications, and advance parole requests will be accepted
  • 1-year DACA protections and work permits will be extended to 2 years
  • USCIS is required to update its website to reflect these changes within 3 days

Another important victory for DACA but stay tuned for further updates- we will share additional information and resources as they become available.

Note from the Dream Center:  Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to consult with a reputable immigration attorney for guidance and assistance, as policies and procedures can be dynamic.  Please visit our landing page for more information on scheduling a free, virtual appointment with Chico State's designated immigration attorney from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). Immediate family members of current Chico State students, faculty and staff are also eligible.


Update: August 24, 2020 - Can I still renew DACA?  When should I renew?

Individuals who have DACA now or who have had DACA in the past can still renew. USCIS now recommends that DACA renewal requests be submitted between 150 to 120 days (5 to 4 months) before their current DACA date of expiration.  This is a change.  In the past, USCIS has accepted renewal applications earlier than 150 days, but new guidance states that early DACA ­filings will not be accepted. It is recommended that individuals should submit their DACA renewals 150 days (or 5 months) before their current DACA expires. For more please visit the ILRC/NILC DACA FAQ (PDF)s.


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).


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. 


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)