DACA: What You Need To Know


In light of the recent DACA decision, here is some important information regarding what the changes mean for DACA recipients:

  • USCIS is not accepting any new applications for DACA. 
  • If you have DACA status, it is still valid until it expires.
  • Applications for DACA recipients to travel abroad and re-enter the US, also known as advance parole, are no longer accepted. If you travel outside of the United States, you will lose your DACA status.
  • If your DACA status expires before March 5, 2018, USCIS must receive your application by October 5, 2017. That gives these DACA recipients only 10 days to apply.

This is complicated and Senator Harris wants Dreamers to be as informed as possible. Ultimately, there is one simple solution the Senator has continuously affirmed, and that is to pass the DREAM Act. Check out the Senator’s op-ed in Univision to learn more about why we must pass the DREAM Act. 

This past Monday, Senator Harris's Los Angeles office partnered with O’Melveny & Myers, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), and other volunteer attorneys and helped process 44+ DACA renewal applications. 

In August, Senator Harris held a DACA Roundtable with Dreamers at the Downtown UCLA Labor Center

If you or a loved one needs assistance with DACA renewals, check out the Governor's California Immigrant Guide.

Let's continue to support and protect the more than 800,000 young people, including more than 200,000 Californians, who have only ever known the United States of America as their home.


Julie Chávez Rodríguez  
State Director 
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris