A blog about U.S. immigration matters by Paul Szeto, a former INS attorney and an experienced immigration attorney and counsel. Contact Info: 732-632-9888, http://www.1visa1.com/ (All information is not legal advice and is subject to change without prior notice.)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

DACA is officially ended but limited extensions permitted

The word is finally out.  

The Attorney General and Department of Homeland Security today announced the official termination of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program after much anticipation and opposition. 

Effective immediately, no new DACA applications will be accepted. Applications that have already been submitted as of September 5, 2017 will continue to be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis.

DACA beneficiaries with valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will be allowed to continue working until expiration.

DACA beneficiaries whose EAD expires on or before March 5, 2018 will be allowed to apply for two-year extensions but applications must be filed on or before October 5, 2017.  

DACA beneficiaries with valid approved Advance Parole travel documents may continue to use them.  No new Advance Parole will be accepted or approved.  Pending applications will be closed and application fees refunded.  

DACA beneficiaries who fall out of status are subject to removal from the United States, although the Trump Administration is not targeting them for removal at the present time.  Individual DACA beneficiaries may be eligible for other forms of immigration relief.  They should consult a qualified immigration attorney as soon as possible. 

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