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How was the DACA program expanded?

The following three changes to DACA were made on November 20, 2014:

  • Previously, a person could qualify for DACA only if he or she was born on or after June 16, 1981. Under the “expanded” DACA program, people born before June 16, 1981, will qualify for DACA.
  • Under the pre-expansion requirements, a person must have lived continuously in the U.S. since June 15, 2007 in order to qualify. Under the “expanded” program, a person must have lived continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 in order to qualify.
  • Under the pre-expansion requirements, DACA deferred action and work permits were issued for two-year renewable periods. After November 24, 2014, the “expanded” DACA will be issued for a three-year renewable period.
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