The End of the DACA Dream

Posted on: September 7th, 2017 by Harter Schottland

On September 5, 2017 the Trump administration announced the beginning of the end for the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (“DACA”) program. However, there are many important details to know and you may still be able to extend your stay here legally. If you currently have DACA and a work permits under DACA, they will remain valid until the expiration date on your paperwork. Unfortunately, as of the date of the announcement, Sep. 5, 2017, there will be no new applications for first-time applicants accepted for the program, though the applications of first-time applicants accepted but not acted on yet will still be processed. To check on the date of your DACA expiration, look at your I-795 approval notice at the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD). If you do nothing with your current DACA, your protections and rights expire on that expiration date.

However, if your DACA issuance and work permit expire between now and March 5, 2018, you may be able to get an extension. You MUST submit for your two year renewal by Thursday, October 5, 2017. Again, if you have DACA that is set to expire by March 18, 2018 you must act now. Your renewal must be submitted by Oct. 5, 2017 and you may be eligible for an additional two years of protections and rights.

While there is some hope that Congress will step in with the DREAM act for substantive immigration reform for this bright and ambitious group of individuals and other, there is no guarantee that any positive changes will be made prior to the expiration of your DACA. Call Harter and Schottland, PC, now if your DACA and work authorization will expire within the next six months so that we can begin to help you prior to October 5, 2017: 847-546–0022.  Our consultations are free.

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