DACA

DACA UPDATE -- DECEMBER 7, 2020

DACA HAS BEEN FULLY RESTORED!

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is restoring DACA to how it was before the Trump Administration tried to end it.  This means that starting December 7, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will:

  • Start accepting new DACA applications

  • Keep accepting DACA renewal applications

  • Start accepting applications from DACA grantees for advance parole

  • Extend to two years any DACA protections and work permits it had granted for one year.

In June the US Supreme Court decided that Trump's attempt to end DACA in September 2017 was improper. Instead of fully restoring DACA, DHS instead announced that it would limit DACA protections to one year, reject new applications, and make other changes. On November 14, a federal court ruled that these attempts to change DACA were invalid, and on December 4 that court ordered DHS to fully restore DACA. While DHS might still try to contest this ruling, for now DHS is obeying it. 

President-elect Biden has announced that he intends to restore DACA when he takes office.

For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov.

DACA and COVID-19


Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. This is NOT a public benefit and does not count as one for public charge purposes. DACA recipients are eligible to file for benefits as long as they have a current authorization to work. They can enter the card information during the claim filing process online (www.IDES.Illinois.gov), once the claim is filed they are asked to submit copies of the I-766 ( work Authorization card) for further review. The individual needs to have proof of legal authorization to work during the base period that is used to establish the unemployment claim.

Learn how to file an Unemployment Insurance Claim HERE. If you have questions, please call (800) 244-5631.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I renew my DACA work permit even if I have more than six months before it expires?

Under the August 21 memo, USCIS will now generally reject renewal applications sent more than 150 days before the applicant’s current DACA grant expires.  USCIS might still accept some applications submitted more than 150 days before the current validity period expires “if there are legitimate reasons for doing so….”

After your DACA expires: Impact on work, Social Security Numbers, and Illinois driver's licenses:

  • You have the right to work legally until your work permit’s expiration date.

  • You have no obligation to inform your employer that you benefit from DACA. Your employer does not have the right to ask you whether you are a DACA recipient or how you got your work permit.

  • Your employer does not have the right to fire you, put you on leave, or change your work status until after your work permit has expired. If your expiration date is nearing, your employer may ask you for an updated work permit but cannot take any action against you until after it is expired.

  • Your Social Security Number is valid for life, even after your work permit and DACA approval expires. You can and should continue to use the SSN you got under DACA as your SSN even after your work permit expires. You can use your SSN for taxes, education, banking, housing and other purposes.

  • In Illinois, immigrants can get regular driver’s licenses (including a REAL ID license) if they can provide their SSNs and are currently eligible for an SSN. So long as your work permit is valid, you will be eligible for an SSN and therefore eligible for a standard or REAL ID license. Under new Illinois laws that took effect in 2016 and 2017, anyone applying for an initial standard or REAL ID driver’s license now must provide proof of immigration status.  Any such licenses will expire on the same date that the applicant’s status or work permit expires. In other words, if you have DACA and an SSN and you are applying for a license for the first time, you can get a standard or REAL ID license, but that license will expire on the same date as your work permit.

  • After your work permit ends, you can apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL), which will be valid for three years. TVDLs are visually distinct from regular licenses and are not valid for identification purposes. For more information on TVDLs, please visit the Illinois Secretary of State’s website, http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/TVDL/home.html.

Previous Updates

DACA Decision Community One Pager

Litigation on DACA: What We Know

Resources

  • ​City Colleges is a resource for the DACA education eligibility - “Proof of currently enrolled in school or High School diploma (current transcripts or enrollment in a GED program)”.  Apply now for the tuition-free classes and enroll in the GED (High School Equivalency) preparation program. Please visit the online ADED application at ccc.edu/adulted.

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  • Please visit our Events page for a listing of upcoming DACA information sessions and workshops.

  • Please visit our Protection page for links to legal, mental health, and other community resources.​

  • Our Family Support Hotline is available to provide information, referrals, and live responses to deportation-related crises, including consultations with mental health professionals:  855-HELP-MY-FAMILY (855) 435-7693.​

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will new DACA applications be accepted?


USCIS is accepting new applications from anyone who did not previously have DACA. This means that anyone who became eligible for DACA after September 2017, or otherwise never applied before then, will be eligible to apply, if they meet DACA requirements.




Will the fees increase?


No. USCIS decided not to impose a new fee.




My DACA expired in 2017 and I did not renew, am I still eligible to apply?


As of December 7th individuals who previously had DACA but did not renew will still be able to apply again. These applications will be considered “initial,” USCIS will still accept and process them.




I have DACA, can I now travel outside the United States?


Starting December 7, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will start accepting applications from DACA grantees for advance parole.




I arrived after June 15th, 2007, Will I qualify to apply for initial DACA?


Unfortunately nobody who entered the US after June 15, 2007, will qualify for DACA.




Is there any financial assistance to pay the USCIS fee?


Financial assistance to pay for the USCIS fees is usually limited. If you are in college, we advise you to talk to your school’s DACAmented student liaison. Also, please check this page as we update any financial assistance opportunities that we find out.





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Unemployment Insurance

Organizations Currently Processing DACA Initials & Renewals:

Catholic Charities- The Community Center

Address:

671 S. Lewis Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085

Phone:

847-775-0858

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos

Address:

3200 E 91st St, Chicago, IL 60617, USA

Phone:

(414) 979-1773

Family Focus Aurora

Family Focus Aurora

Address:

550 2nd Ave, Aurora, IL 60505, USA

Phone:

(331) 256-7105

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Address:

216 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60606, USA

Phone:

(312) 357-4666

Instituto del Progreso Latino

Instituto del Progreso Latino

Address:

2520 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

Phone:

(773) 890-0055

Spanish Community Center

Spanish Community Center

Address:

309 N Eastern Ave, Joliet, IL 60432, USA

Phone:

(815) 727-3683

United African Organization

United African Organization

Address:

4910 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60615, USA

Phone:

(312) 949-9980

Centro Romero

Centro Romero

Address:

6216 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660, USA

Phone:

(773) 508-5300

Erie Neighborhood House

Erie Neighborhood House

Address:

1701 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA

Phone:

(216) 260-6429

Federacions de Clubes Michoacanos

Federacions de Clubes Michoacanos

Address:

1638 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

Phone:

(312) 491-9317

Hispanic American Community Education and Services

Hispanic American Community Education and Services

Address:

641 Lorraine Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085, USA

Phone:

224-252-4966

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Address:

2840 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA

Phone:

(773) 384-4370

The Immigration Project

The Immigration Project

Address:

211 Landmark Dr, Normal, IL 61761, USA

Phone:

(309) 829-8703

University YMCA

University YMCA

Address:

1001 S Wright St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA

Phone:

217-417-5897

Centro de Informacion

Centro de Informacion

Address:

1885 Lin Lor Ln, Elgin, IL 60123, USA

Phone:

(847) 695-9050

Family Focus -Cicero

Address:

2910 N. Sawyer, Chicago, IL 60618

Phone:

708-943-7578

HANA Center

HANA Center

Address:

4300 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA

Phone:

(847) 520-1999

Indo-American Center

Indo-American Center

Address:

6328 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60659, USA

Phone:

(773) 973-4444

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center

Mano a Mano Family Resource Center

Address:

6 E Main St, Round Lake Park, IL 60073, USA

Phone:

(847) 201-1521

The Resurrection Project

The Resurrection Project

Address:

1818 S Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA

Phone:

(312) 666-3062

World Relief Aurora/Dupage

World Relief Aurora/Dupage

Address:

73 S Lasalle St, Aurora, IL 60505, USA

Phone:

(630) 462-7662

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