DHS Issues Final Rule to Preserve and Fortify DACA Policy

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

On Aug. 30, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that will preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy for certain eligible noncitizens.  


The final rule, which will take effect on Oct. 31, 2022, will continue the DACA policy that was announced in the  2012 Napolitano Memorandum, with limited changes.  

The new final rule: 

  • Maintains that DACA recipients should not be a priority for removal  
  • Keeps the existing threshold criteria for DACA  
  • Maintains the current process for DACA requestors to seek work authorization  
  • Affirms that DACA designation is not a form of legal status, but DACA recipients are considered “lawfully present” in the U.S. for some purposes  

Looking Ahead  

DHS is still prohibited from granting initial DACA requests and related employment authorization while a July 16, 2021 injunction from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas is in effect. However, DHS can grant DACA related renewals and Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal requests under the final rule.   


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the "U.S. Law Firms").       

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