The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a memo with a few DACA updates on December 7th. The official memo can be found through this link. On November 14, 2020, Judge Nicholas George Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued an opinion regarding the July 28, 2020 memorandum signed by Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. On December 4, 2020, Judge Garaufis required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take certain actions to implement his November 14 opinion.

As a result, effective December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is:

  1. Accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
  2. Accepting DACA renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
  3. Accepting applications for advance parole documents based on the terms of the DACA policy prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court’s December 4, 2020, order;
  4. Extending one-year grants of deferred action under DACA to two years; and
  5. Extending one-year employment authorization documents under DACA to two years.
  • Information about DACA and the guidelines to apply for the first time can be found on the following link.
    • Please note: USCIS has not updated this website with the December 7th memo, indicating that initial DACA applications are being accepted, but initial DACA applications are being accepted.
  • On Dec. 22, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Houston is scheduled to hold a hearing on the legality of DACA in a case brought by the state of Texas. This could be ruled for or against DACA and can impact applications. Here is an article to learn more.


OC Resources:
The following organizations in Orange County are providing FREE legal representation on DACA applications to low-income CALIFORNIANS!
  • World Relief of Southern California – 13121 Brookhurst St. #G Garden Grove, CA 92843 – 714-210-4730
  • Catholic Charities of Orange County: 1800 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705 – 714-347-9664
  • Public Law Center – 601 W Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92705 – 714-541-1010
United We Dream (UWD) Resources:
  • UWD 3-Part Webinar Series that shares step by step how to fill out the DACA application for initial applicants. Here is the link to RSVP.
  • UWD DACA Eligibility Check List and information on documents to collect for initial applicants.
  • United We Dream Compiled of list of Non-Profits helping with DACA. There is a section on CA. Here is the link.
  • Tips to find a lawyer

Other Resources:


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