Information Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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.



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.

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.

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

For DACA Recipients

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?

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 Undocumented Youth Alliance

Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies

Information Regarding DACA

My (Un)documented Life

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

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.

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.

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 Immigration Law Center

Recommendations for People Considering Applying for DACA following the Election.

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.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Tip Sheet for Undocumented Students.


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

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

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.

PASO - West Suburban Action Project

Serves the Latino community of West Cook County, Illinois. They focus on immigration reform, immigrant integration at the municipal level, know your rights trainings, community civic participation and other local campaigns against practices that adversely impact the community.

AFIRE Chicago

Organizes the Filipino community through grassroots education, actions and direct services. Their work focuses on comprehensive immigration reform, youth development, health outreach and an Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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.

CRLN - Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America

Organizes congregations and people of faith to respond to injustices experienced by undocumented immigrants through the use of public witness, education and political advocacy.

Immigrant Solidarity DuPage

A volunteer-driven organization in DuPage County, Illinois, working on issues related to immigration, bilingual education, police accountability, workers struggles and community health issues. 

Justice for Our Neighbors Northern Illinois

Provides free, high-quality immigration legal service, education and advocacy in Aurora, Chicago and Rockford, Illinois.

Obtain $495 so you can renew your DACA on time. (DACA Renewal applications need to be received by October 5; therefore, applications need to be mailed well before that date).

  • Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies
  • Mission Asset Fund (MAF)

    Between now and the October 5 deadline, MAF will provide 2,000 Dreamers with scholarships of $495 to renew their DACA permit. Capital to finance these scholarships come from the DACA Renewal Fund, launched this week with growing support from the philanthropic community.

  • Scholarships A-Z's Fund for DACA Renewals & Education
    • Verification that you qualify for a DACA renewal and general questionnaire on personal contact information. The funds will be distributed on a first- come, first-served basis.
    • Verificación que usted califica para renovar su solicitud de DACA. Los fondos serán distribuidos a las primeras personas que llenen este cuestionario.
  • Undocu Media
    • This fundraiser #DACASponsors with the goal of being able to assist 1,000 DACA beneficiaries who are eligible to renew to file before the deadline that was announced. If your DACA expires on or before March 5,2018, you CAN renew, you have before October 5th, 2017 to submit those applications.
  • Unidos US
    • DACA renewal applications must include a fee of $495. Use this state-by-state list to connect with organizations in your area that can help you with renewal fees. You can also contact universities and consulates in your area that offer programs to help cover the application cost.
  • Mexican Consulate in Chicago offers to pay DACA renewals
    • Those who are interested in financial aid to cover the $495 DACA renewal fee, must visit the Consulate, 204 S. Ashland Ave., or call its Protection Department at 312-738-2023 during regular office hours by October 5, as well.