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DACA/DREAM Act

Guidance from Our Oakland Immigration Lawyers

September 5th, 2017 was a sad day for immigrants across the United States. 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 in the U.S. 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 because they will not be accepting new applications. However, 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 Oakland immigration attorneys and discuss your other options or strategies. Also, 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.

Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. today at (510) 756-4468 or contact us online to set up your free evaluation with someone from our team today. We serve the Bay Area.

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