On Sept 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum rescinding the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). Key points of this memorandum are as follows:
1. Initial application for DACA: If you filed an initial request for DACA and it was received by USCIS prior to 9/5/2017, USCIS will process and issue a decision on the request. If approved, it will remain valid for the period of the grant of DACA.
2. Current DACA recipients: Current DACA recipients will retain their DACA deferred action and employment authorization until they expire.
3. Renewals: If you currently have DACA and it will expire between 9/5/17 and 3/5/18, you can apply for a renewal of your DACA and employment authorization. However, your request must be received and accepted by USCIS on or before 10/5/2017. If you currently have DACA but your DACA expires after 3/5/18, you will not be able to renew your DACA.
4. Advance Parole: Effective 9/5/17, USCIS will no longer approve a new I-131 associated with DACA.
5. Pending application for Advance Parole: If you have a pending application for Advance Parole, USCIS will administratively close the request for advance parole and refund the filing fees.
For more detailed information, please see the following link to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website, or feel free to contact our office.