Sept 15 - On September 5, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security announced the rescission of the DACA program. As unsettling as this may be, terminating DACA may be an opportunity for Congress to create a permanent replacement under a bipartisan immigration bill.
The phasing out of DACA means that those with current DACA status will be permitted to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire. USCIS will also adjudicate pending initial DACA requests and DACA renewals, so long as they have been received by USCIS on or before September 5, 2017. USCIS has made an exception for current DACA beneficiaries whose benefits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. These beneficiaries may submit their DACA renewal applications if USCIS receives them before October 5, 2017. USCIS will not adjudicate pending Advance Parole applications filed by DACA applicants and will refund all associated filing fees for the I-131 Advance Parole application.
Our firm is closely monitoring these developments and will post pertinent updates. In the meantime there are alternatives to DACA that current DACA beneficiaries may qualify for. Please don’t hesitate to contact our firm if you qualify for a DACA renewal application or to explore alternative reliefs and legal guidance.
The following link is a Q&A posted by the Department of Homeland Security following the DACA rescission announcement today: