Frequently Asked Questions

Important Update on DACA

(1) Who is eligible for our services?

  • Undocumented undergraduate or graduate students, including DACA-mented students.  
  • Documented undergraduate or graduate students (i.e. lawful permanent residents or TPS holders).
  • International students who may have a humanitarian-based claim. We are not able to assist with student (F1/J1) or business visa applications, including OPT or CPT requests. If you are not sure if you fit these criteria, please check in with your ISSS advisor first and then send us a message.
  • On a case-by-case basis, parents: spouses, or children of undocumented or documented students.

(2) What is DACA?

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and is a program created in 2012 for individuals who came to the United States before their 16th birthday but had no lawful status. DACA allowed for those individuals to defer removal actions for a period of two years and to become eligible for work authorization. An individual who is approved for DACA has to renew every two years.

(3) What is the current state of DACA?

On June 18th the Supreme Court of the United States decided that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s attempted termination of DACA was unlawful. This means that DHS should receive and process new DACA applications and renewals. However, DHS has not issued any guidance on accepting and processing new DACA applications. DHS also has not stated whether it will process applications for advanced parole. Individuals who currently have DACA can submit their renewal applications.

Read the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision here

For a summary of the decision read “Top 5 things to know about DACA now that the Supreme Court has ruled”

(4) How do I renew my DACA?

Prepare up-to-date USCIS Forms I-821D, I-765, and 765WS (available at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-821d) and mail to USCIS with a money order for the cost of the I-765 and biometrics. Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in the DC. Metropolitan area are welcome to request a consultation or assistance from AU Dream for their DACA renewal.

(5) Is DACA a pathway to U.S. Citizenship?

No, DACA does not provide a pathway to citizenship. You cannot apply to become a legal permanent resident (LPR) nor can you apply for U.S. citizenship with DACA. DACA recipients may only re-apply for and receive renewable two year periods of deferred action from deportation as well as authorization to work in the US.

(6) What if I have more questions?

Contact us at AUDream@wcl.american.edu

* Disclaimer: The information provided is not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is or will be formed by use of the information provided here.