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DACA is Cancelled. What now?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") program was cancelled on September 5, 2017. However, for those currently with DACA or with pending applications, your status is not immediately terminated. Read more to determine how you are affected. 


  • For those who have not yet filed for their initial DACA application, you will be unable to file as no new initial applications will be accepted after September 5, 2017. 
  • Those with initial applications or renewal applications pending on September 5, 2017 will have their cases decided and are not affected by the cancellation.
  • Those whose DACA will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 can file for a 2-year extension of their DACA, but the application must be filed by October 5, 2017.
  • Those whose DACA will expire after March 5, 2018 are unable to apply for or receive an extension. 
  • Advanced Parole is no longer an option for DACA recipients.

Important dates:

  • No initial applications will be accepted after September 5, 2017.
  • No renewal applications will be accepted after October 5, 2017.

Your DACA status will still shield you from deportation during its period of validity, so long as you do not violate its terms. 

If you have questions about your DACA, including applying for an extension, or what options you may have outside of DACA, give the experienced attorneys at Saenz and Maniatis, PLLC at call at (615) 366-1211.

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