What You Should Know About the Termination of DACA
- The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, “USCIS” will not accept any new applications for DACA.
- Although the announcement is for DACA to be terminated in six months, benefits under the DACA program including work permits, will not terminate on March 6, 2018, but on the actual expiration date of the DACA benefit for each individual beneficiary.
- Applications to renew DACA can still be sent to USCIS, but they need to be received by USCIS no later than October 5,2017. Remember that you can send your renewal application no sooner than 150 days before expiration of your status.
- USCIS will not approve any new or pending applications for travel under the Advanced Parole program that is based on approval of DACA status.
- The current administration has indicated that they will not seek to remove beneficiaries under the DACA program, unless they fit the limited criteria outlined for the commencement of removal proceedings as indicated in this 2011 memorandum.
- The battle for our dreamers does not end today. Now the battle is to pressure Congress to act and pass legislation making law the benefits that existed under the DACA program.
My hope is that this short guide clarifies some of the concerns created by this announcement. After this guide please find links to the official announcement by the Department of Homeland Security and their corresponding FAQ. As always organizations like Catholic Charities and the Northwest Immigration Project exist to provide guidance and answers for your questions and the team at Barrera Legal Group is also available to answer your questions and provide guidance to options for you and your family.