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What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals directive is open to individuals who came to the United States before the age of 16 and who also meet a variety of other guidelines. It defers any removal action for two years and allows recipients of deferred action the opportunity to gain employment authorization for that time as well, through the grant of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Many recipients of DACA are also eligible to receive a social security number. Recipients of deferred action can apply to renew their EAD and DACA status approximately 180 days prior to their current expiration date.