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*** September 5th, 2017 was a sad day for immigrants across the US. The Trump administration announced the end of the DACA program. The program was a good program, and it created work authorization for people who arrived to the US as children.
For those on DACA, this is a scary and sad time, but please be aware of what the memo actually says:
- If you currently have DACA approved, you are still allowed to work, and your DACA remains valid.
- If you have not applied for DACA yet, you will no longer be eligible to apply, they will not be accepting new applications. (But pending applications as of today’s date (9/5/17) will be processed.
- If your DACA is about to expire (only if it expires before March 5, 2018), you have 1 month – until October 5, 2017 – to submit the renewal request. You must submit your renewal request by that date.
- If you were hoping to travel on DACA with advanced parole, they will no longer be approving DACA based advanced parole applications. However, if your travel permit was already approved, you should still be allowed to make use of the parole (but speak with your attorney first regarding the risks and benefits).
For more information about the program, or the announcement this morning,
please see the official DHS memo here.
We are sad to see this program end, and we see that the president is putting the ball back in Congress’ court to see what they will do. Hopefully they come up with a solution by March 5, 2018 because DACA cases set to expire after that date will no longer be eligible to be renewed.
If you are worried about your DACA situation, and if you might have other immigration options, please schedule a consultation with one our immigration attorneys and discuss your other options or strategies. And please contact your members of congress – we need to let them know how important your lives are and what this issue means to the future of our community and our country.
For more information about DACA, and what it may mean for you, please see the following short video:
Please note the following is no longer valid law after September 5th, 2017.
Many younger California residents are afraid of deportation from the United States, even though they have grown up in the U.S., their primary language is English, and they are very much American. The problem is that their parents do not have documentation.
The DREAM Act (DREAM stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) is a proposed set of laws meant to help children of undocumented immigrants.
Although the DREAM Act itself has never passed into law, the Obama administration has created a new form of similar relief called DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which grants relief and documentation to people who immigrated as young children to the U.S. — though DACA is only available on a temporary basis.
Eligibility For Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
To be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an individual must:
- Have entered the United States before he or she reached the age of 16
- Be younger than 31
- Have lived continuously in the United States for at least the last five years, before June of 2012
- Have graduated from high school, earned a GED, or be enrolled in high school
- Have a clean criminal record with no felonies, no serious misdemeanors, no history of gang involvement and no reason to be considered a public safety or national security risk
Can The DREAM Act or DACA Help Me?
At the Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. in Oakland, California, our team of immigration lawyers helps eligible clients seek deferred action and pursue their dreams. If you or a loved one meets the criteria, regardless of your immigration status, you can apply for the deferred action program.
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