As many of you have already heard, President Trump has started to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will reject all new DACA requests and associated applications for employment authorization filed after today, 09/05/2017. DHS will grant DACA for all pending DACA and employment applications that have already been received as of today. To be clear, if your DACA application was RECEIVED by today or before it will be considered. If it was mailed today, that is NOT the same as RECEIVED.
For those of you who were already granted DACA status, DHS will renew DACA and employment applications only for the following people:
- All renewal requests received prior to today
- All renew requests for DACA recipients that will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, if the application has been accepted by October 5, 2017.
In other words, if your DACA expires BEFORE March 5, 2018 YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY FILE YOUR RENEWAL REQUEST. DO NOT DELAY.
DHS will reject all DACA renewals requests filed outside of those dates. DHS will not terminate previously granted DACA nor will they revoke employment authorization solely based on the phasing out of the DACA program for the remaining duration of its validity period. In other words, if you just recently received DACA or renewed your DACA, it should still be valid until the expiration date that you were given on your approval notice.
In addition, DHS will also reject any new I-131 Advanced Parole (AP) applications for DACA recipients. Advanced Parole is permission to travel and return to the United States. If you were already granted Advanced Parole, DHS will generally honor the period of travel stated on your approval notice, although US Customs and Border Protection has full discretion in determining the admissibility of any person at the border, this also includes airports or any entry point into the U.S.. DHS will administratively close all pending Advanced Parole applications associated with the DACA program and will refund all associated fees. So unlike DACA applications, if your AP has not been approved then it will be closed and your money returned to you.
If you are a current recipient of the DACA program and your EAD/DACA status expires prior to March 05, 2018, please contact our office immediately so that we can file your renewal request BEFORE October 5, 2017.Contact Us Now