DACA Resources


Together with Lurie Children's Hospital and our community partners, we've assembled resources and information for DACA recipients regarding their rights, understanding and coping with stress related to the rescission of DACA, and where impacted families and youth can find help.

DACA Update:

On April 24 2018, US District Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program was unlawful. Judge Bates put this order on hold for 90 days to allow the administration to better explain its reasons for rescinding DACA. If the    administration fails to provide legitimate reasoning why it ended DACA, the judge will require USCIS to reinstate the DACA program entirely.  

1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still accepting DACA renewal applications for individuals with current or expired DACA benefits.

2. USCIS is NOT accepting initial DACA applications at this time from individuals who have never been granted DACA.

3. It is unclear what impact this order might have on future DACA renewals. Therefore, the opportunity to file DACA renewals may be limited. Individuals who want to renew their protection are encouraged to seek a legal consultation as soon as possible.

  • If your DACA expired ON or AFTER September 5, 2016 you can submit a DACA renewal application. If your DACA expired BEFORE September 5, 2016 or was previously terminated, you can submit a new initial DACA application.

DACA recipients with current or expired DACA benefits may contact NIJC to schedule a DACA consultation by calling 312-660-1370 or emailing nijcild@heartlandalliance.org. DACA recipients eligible to renew their DACA may also sign up for NIJC's upcoming free DACA renewal clinics.



Resource Sheet for Families, Parents, and Caregivers
Recursos Para Familias, Padres y Cuidadores

Condensed Resource Sheet for Professionals 
Recursos Para Profesionales