Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a program set by President Obama on June 15, 2012. Since 2012, DACA has provided undocumented people who arrived to the United States as children with a renewable two-year work permit and relief from deportation. DACA does not grant legal status or a pathway to citizenship. As a UIC student, you have access to free legal services. If you need to renew your DACA, you may request an appointment with UIC Student Legal Services.
Update: There has been recent changes in the DACA program.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is still accepting DACA renewal applications with current or expired date.
- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is NOT be accepting initial DACA applications.
- There is uncertainty on what the future will look like for DACA. However, it is now the time to summit your renewal DACA application.
Update: On April 25, 2018, a federal judge from the D.C. District Court ruled a 90 day period to reinstate the DACA program, allowing eligible people to summit a first-time DACA application.