IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DACA:
On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced an end to the DACA program by rescinding the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created under President Obama.
IMPORTANT: IF YOUR DACA EXPIRES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 5, 2018, YOU HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER 5, 2017 TO SUBMIT YOUR RENEWAL PAPERWORK TO USCIS. After this date NO RENEWALS WILL BE PROCESSED.
This is a big update, which may be startling and frightening to you. Please know that there are many resources out there to support you in this time – start by locating an organization near you at Informedimmigrant.com/organizations. If you need immediate mental health support please visit informedimmigrant.com/resources and look under “Mental Health” for available resources.
4 IMPORTANT DACA UPDATES FOLLOWING AG SESSIONS’ SEPT. 5TH ANNOUNCEMENT (Courtesy of United We Dream)
1. YOUR DACA IS STILL VALID UNTIL ITS EXPIRATION DATE. DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until their expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
2. NO NEW DACA APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED IF SUBMITTED AFTER September 5th, 2017. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept or process first-time DACA applications after September 5th, 2017.
3. DACA ISSUANCES AND WORK PERMITS EXPIRING BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 5TH, 2018 MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR RENEWAL BY OCTOBER 5, 2017. If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5th, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by October 5th, 2017.
4. ADVANCE PAROLE TO TRAVEL ABROAD IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.
We will have further and more specific guidance as soon as possible. Please explore Informed Immigrant and the updated FAQ on DACA as more information becomes available.