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DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Current DACA Updates

On July 16, 2021, federal district court Judge Andrew Hanen issued his decision in Texas v. U.S. The case had been brought by Texas and a number of other states challenging the validity of the DACA program. The district court ruled that the DACA program is unlawful, but put part of its decision on hold. The important message from this ruling is that if you have current DACA status, your DACA status remains valid, and you can continue to work and to renew your status while anticipated legal processes play out. For people eligible for DACA but who have not already been approved under the program, the court’s decision prohibits DHS from approving any new DACA applications.

Additional court actions are expected based on the July 16 decision.

On July 17, 2021, President Biden issued a statement that the “Department of Justice intends to appeal this decision in order to preserve and fortify DACA,” and called on Congress to act. You can read the statement here.

Please click here to read our community advisory in English. You can view the announcement we released on July 16, 2021 on our Facebook page by clicking here or playing the video below. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates as we process the court’s decision.

Cuando nuestro aviso a la comunidad sobre la decisión en el caso de Texas v. U.S. esté listo en español, podrá encontrarlo siguiendo el enlace aquí. Mientras tanto, puede visitar nuestra página Facebook para encontrar el anuncio que presentamos el viernes 16 de julio de 2021, o también puede encontrar el video aquí abajo.

From NWIRP

Read our community advisory

Completing Your DACA Application

NWIRP’s Free Monthly DACA Clinics: NWIRP offers free monthly virtual DACA clinics to assist clients seeking to renew their DACA status. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, all clinics remain virtual at this time. To secure a spot in one of our virtual DACA clinics, call the DREAMLine (1-855-313-7326) from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Please contact us at least six months before your DACA status is set to expire to minimize the risk of a lapse in your DACA status. (Please note that NWIRP is not assisting with initial DACA applications at this time.)

How to Complete A DACA Renewal This video from the ILRC details how to complete a DACA renewal application packet by walking through the various forms’ questions to highlight what they mean and focus on areas worth paying close attention to.

DACA Application Forms This is the USCIS webpage containing the forms you will need to complete to apply for DACA.

USCIS' "Frequently Asked Questions" Page This page answers some common questions about DACA.

Find a Private Immigration Attorney Through AILA You can visit this site by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to search their database of immigration attorneys in your area.

Scholarships for Renewing DACA

If you cannot afford the fee to renew your DACA status, there may be organizations that can help you. At the present, the Mexican Consulate in Seattle is providing financial assistance with the DACA application fee for Mexico nationals. Please send an email to proteccionsea@sre.gob.mx, including your name, telephone and copies of the following documents: Mexican birth certificate, identification form (passport, consular document or state ID), and a letter from an attorney or nonprofit organization verifying eligibility for DACA (or a copy of your work permit and DACA documents if you are requesting a DACA renewal).

General DACA Information

ILRC's DACA Toolbox This is a resource where you can access answers to questions related to DACA.

OneAmerica's DACA Toolkit Another resource for DACA recipients from NWIRP’s partner, OneAmerica.

City of Seattle DACA Resources Several helpful resources from the City of Seattle.

Immigrants Rising Educational Resources A list of educational resources from Immigrants Rising

Immigrants Like Us A 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering low-income immigrants free legal services for naturalization, family green card, and DACA renewal.

Financial Aid for DACA Applicants Pursuing College Education

State Financial Aid for Undocumented Immigrant Youth From Ready Set Grad, get information on how to obtain financial aid to continue with your education.

Seattle University (SU) SU has a page dedicated to providing resources for college students seeking financial aid.

The University of Washington (UW) Check out this page from the UW for additional financial resources for DACA recipients seeking financial aid for college.

Questions About Crimes and DACA

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has created this chart to help individuals understand the criminal bars to deferred action.