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If your application for DACA is approved, you will be protected from removal during the approved period and receive a two-year work permit.  DACA is NOT legal permanent residence or citizenship.  


You must renew your DACA every two years

If your application is approved, you will be given DACA and a work permit for two years.  If the program continues, you will need to re-apply for DACA and your work permit to extend it beyond the first two years.  If you keep us informed of your address, we will attempt to remind you when your work permit is close to expiration.  But it is up to you to keep track of when you need to renew your DACA and work permit and take action to do so.


You must report any change of your address to USCIS

U.S. law requires that you report any change of your address to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) within 10 days of changing your address.  To report your change of address, go to and click on "Change Your Address Online" (on the right-hand side of the homepage, towards the bottom), and follow the instructions OR you may send the paper form AR-11 (but keep a copy to prove you did that).  Reporting your change of address to the U.S. Post Office is NOT enough for immigration purposes.  


Please let us know your change of address as well!

Please call us at (515) 288-2500 or email to report any change of address or telephone number.  We cannot contact you with important information about your case if we do not have accurate contact information.  


Travel outside the U.S.

You must apply for Advance Parole (a travel permit) to travel outside the United States.  You may not apply for Advance Parole until your DACA application has been approved.  If you travel outside the United States after August 15, 2012, but before you have Advance Parole, your application for DACA will be denied.  You should NOT apply for or use Advance Parole without discussing the possible risks and benefits with your immigration lawyer. 


Risks to you and your family members.

  • DACA is a temporary program and may be discontinued at any time.  
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has stated that information in your DACA application about you and your family members will not be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the purpose of placing you or your family into removal proceedings in most situations.  However, information WILL be shared if the government thinks:(1) you committed or are committing fraud, (2) you or your family members have committed certain crimes that should be prosecuted, or (3) you or your family members are a risk to national security or public safety. 


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NOTE:  Iowa Supreme Court ethics policies do not allow Iowa lawyers to be listed on lawyer search websites (like the AILA Lawyers Search linked in this website).  All of the lawyers in the Immigration Department of Davis Brown Law Firm are members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; Lori Chesser, Denise Claton, Nikki Mordini, and Elizabeth Van Arkel.