DACA

The end of

NO New Applications
Are Being Accepted

USCIS announced on September 5, 2017 that the DACA program is coming to an end. We express our sincerest sympathy for all our affected clients. 

You can read the announcement on the USCIS website. Here's a summary: 

No new applications will be accepted.

If you were in the process of preparing a DACA application, you can stop. It won't be accepted.

Already accepted applications will be processed. 

If your DACA application was listed as "pending" before September 5, it will still be processed. 

If your DACA expires before March 5, 2018, you were given time  to renew it.

Renewal applications had to be submitted by October 5, 2017. If your application for renewal was listed as "pending" at the time of the announcement, it would still be processed. If your DACA expires after March 5, 2018, USCIS will not accept an application to renew it. These same rules apply to work permits received through DACA.

If your DACA expires after March 5, it will last until its expiration date. 

No new advance parole applications will be accepted. 

If you already received approval for a future trip, USCIS has said it will "generally" honor that approval, however, it warns that border patrol ultimately determines admissibility. See the USCIS FAQ page.

Will DACA be reinstated?

While many leaders and politicians have expressed their support for DACA and are asking Congress to pass laws protecting those who were protected by DACA, there is no way to know what will happen. 

Avoid Fraud

If someone tells you they can renew DACA for you, be careful. The rules as outlined by USCIS prohibit new applications. Don't lose money or endanger your immigration status by getting sucked in to claims that sounds too good to be true. 

For more tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraudulent immigration benefits providers, see our info page. 

What was DACA?

Beginning in June 2012, undocumented immigrants who could answer "yes" to the following six questions were eligible to apply for DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. If granted DACA, they were given work permits and could apply to travel internationally. President Trump ended the program in September 2017.

When DACA went into effect on June 15, 2012,

were you under 31 years old and without legal immigraton status? 

Had you lived exclusively in the U.S. since June 15th, 2007?

Did you graduate from high school, get your GED, or serve in the military?

If not, were you pursuing your education?

Did you arrive in the U.S. before your 16th birthday?

Was your criminal record mostly clean?

Were you at least 15 years old?

This video explains more about what DACA was. 

Send Us Your DACA Questions

If you still have doubts after reviewing the above information, let us know. We're fielding lots of calls these days, so please be patient as we work to get back to you.