Information Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments. Download the full audio recording here and read the full transcript here

The National Immigration Law Center has published DACA Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court: Where We are Now & What Could Happen Next. Download that article here.

The Supreme Court took no action on January 22, 2019 on the government’s request to review the DACA decisions that have been previously issued. The court’s inaction almost certainly means it will not hear the administration’s challenge in its current term, which ends in June.

The justices’ next private conference to consider petitions seeking review is scheduled for February 15, 2019. Even were they to agree to hear the case then, it would not be argued until after the next term starts in October and a decision sometime in early 2020 depending on when the case is heard.

We recommend that students renew their DACA status in a timely manner, preferably before October 2019.

2017 PURDUE REITERATES SUPPORT FOR DACA

2019 PURDUE AND HUNDREDS OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES SIGN LETTER URGING CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO PROTECT DREAMERS

Through administrative relief, DACA was established on June 15, 2012, to provide protection to qualifying individuals who entered the United States as children. Deferred action means to defer removal or deportation of these individuals from the United States. Mainly, qualifying individuals will be granted protection from deportation for two years, subject to renewal, and be eligible for a work permit.

Individuals may be eligible for DACA if they meet the following requirements:

  • They were in the United States before turning 16 years old;
  • They were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
  • They were physically present on June 15, 2012, and on the day that they submit their application;
  • They have continuously lived in the United States from June 15, 2007, until the present;
  • They entered the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or their lawful immigration status expired before June 15, 2012;
  • They are currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a high school equivalency certificate (GED) or have been honorably discharged from the United States Coast Guard or Armed Forces; and
  • They have not been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors, or three other misdemeanors.

DACA does not provide a path to citizenship. The federal DREAM Act, which would help create a path to citizenship for individuals who meet certain requirements similar to DACA, has not passed even after being put up for a vote several times since its inception. You should consult with an attorney if you have had any contact with law enforcement or immigration authorities.

As of March 30th, 2020, USCIS to Continue Processing Applications for Employment Authorization Extension Requests Despite Application Support Center Closures.

DACA RENEWAL APPLICANTS

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS authorities regarding the agency’s ability to reuse previously submitted biometrics.

Applicants who had an appointment scheduled with an ASC on or after the March 18 closure or has filed an I-765 extension will have their application processed using previously submitted biometrics. This will remain in effect until ASCs are open for appointments to the public.

We encourage all eligible DACA recipients to consult with an attorney or file a renewal application as soon as possible

USCIS has been accepting renewal applications that are filed more than 150 days before expiration. However, DACA grants are issued from the date of approval, so one result of filing early could be that the recipient does not benefit from a full two-year extension.

The government is not accepting or reviewing applications for Advance Parole. That means we strongly urge you to not attempt travel outside the United States.

If you are not currently a DACA recipient,  you are not eligible to apply for DACA.

Know Your Rights

All individuals in the United States have basic rights, regardless of immigration status, country of origin, or citizenship.

American Civil Liberties Union

Know your Rights about DACA

National Immigration Law Center

Know Your Rights, Public

Know your Rights, Employee

Know your Rights, Home

For Educators

Stress Rrelated to Immigration Status: A Brief Guide for Schools

Teaching Tolerance

Why Universities Must Continue To Fight for DACA and Their Undocumented Students

Black, Undocumented and Fighting To Survive

Tolerance.org

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff.

For DACA Recipients

Important Information on Status of DACA

Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)

Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

What Do I Need To Know about the End of DACA?

Information Regarding DACA

My (Un)documented Life

Provides up-to-date Information and Resources for Undocumented Immigrants.

United We Dream

Practical Steps to Take if DACA is Repealed.

Organized Communities Against Deportations

Works with individuals and families to fight harmful immigration enforcement practices through organizing, advocacy and direct action. This is done through education, resources for immigrants facing deportation, reporting on immigration raids and working with elected officials to call for an end to raids on immigrant communities.

Legal Resources

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Indiana Chapter Members Offering Pro Bono or Low Cost Services for DACA Students at Indiana University and Community-Based Organizations

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Indiana Legal Servces Inc.

Indiana Legal Services Inc. (ILS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people throughout the state of Indiana. ILS helps clients who are faced with legal problems that harm their ability to have such basics as food, shelter, income, medical care or personal safety. Most of the cases ILS handles are cases such as family law where there is domestic violence, housing, consumer law, access to health care, and access to government benefits. ILS does not handle any criminal matters.

National Immigration Law Center

Recommendations for People Considering Applying for DACA following the Election.

Community and State Organizations

Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance

Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies

Lafayette Urban Ministry in Lafayette, IN

Provides Immigration Clinic.

Immigrant Welcome Center in Indianapolis, IN

The Immigrant Welcome Center empowers immigrants by connecting them to the people, places, and resources that enable them to build successful lives and enrich our community.

Office of the Indiana Attorney General

The Office of the Indiana Attorney General helps protect the rights, freedoms and safety you enjoy as a citizen of the Hoosier state. Attorney General Curtis T. Hill Jr. and his staff are dedicated to meeting the state's legal needs as well as the needs and interests of its citizens.

Korean American Community Services Fighting Youth Shouting Out for Humanity

Is a social justice-oriented youth leadership council that works to engage low-income, immigrant youth in issues affecting their community through arts and activism.

Financial Resources

Scholarships A-Z

Resources and scholarships for students, families and educators through online and community interactions, in order to make higher education accessible to all regardless of immigration status.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Tip Sheet for Undocumented Students.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, established their Fellowship program for New Americans in December 1997, with a charitable trust of $50 million. Their reasons for doing so were several. They wished to "give back" to the country that had afforded them and their children such great opportunities and felt a fellowship program was an appropriate vehicle. They also felt that assisting young New Americans at critical points in their educations was an unmet need. Finally, they wished to call attention of all Americans to the extensive and diverse contributions of New Americans to the quality of life in this country. 

In 2010, Mr. and Mrs. Soros contributed an additional $25 million to the charitable trust that funds their Fellowships for New Americans.For details, see the Wall Street Journal article.

My Undocumented Life

Scholarships for Undocumented Students.

American Dream Scholarship Award
Eligibility: undergraduate

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship For Young Hispanic Leaders
Eligibility: undergraduate

Buenas Opiniones
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate or graduate

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate or graduate

Latino College Dollars
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate or graduate

LULAC National Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: undergraduate or graduate

TheDream.US

Provides Dreamers the opportunity to realize their dreams and give back.

Indiana Latino Institute Scholarship
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate

Sociedad Amigos de Colombia (SADCO) Scholarship Program
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate

Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance
Eligibility: undergraduate

Central Indiana Community Foundation Scholarship Guidebook
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate

Central Indiana Community Foundation Scholarship
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate

La Plaza Scholarship Fund
Eligibility: high school or undergraduate

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarship
Eligibility: high school senior or undergraduate