Latest Decision on DACA Program
On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA Program) was being terminated. This announcement has left many of the hundreds of thousands of people who benefit from the DACA program angry and fearful of what their future in the United States holds.
The government realized that winding down such a program will take time; therefore, the Department of Homeland Security has provided a limited time to accept and adjudicate new DACA applications and DACA renewals.
For those who currently have legal status under the DACA program, there are important things that you need to know:
- The government will not terminate current benefits received under DACA, based on this announcement, and will remain valid until the date of expiration on your Employment Authorization documents.
- Any initial applications for DACA protection will be rejected.
- Any applications filed before the announcement will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.
- Current beneficiaries seeking to renew DACA must file their requests on or before October 5, 2017. However, only those beneficiaries whose benefits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 are eligible to file for renewal.
- If your benefits expire after March 5, 2018, you will no longer be able to apply for an extension under DACA.
- Any applications for Advanced Parole (Form I-131) under DACA, even if previously filed, will not be approved. The government will close all pending applications and will refund those fees.
While no one ultimately knows what will happen, it is best to be prepared and to speak with an immigration attorney who can discuss your options.