On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration ended the Obama-era program known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” or “DACA.” Many of our clients have been asking the following questions:
Q: If I have DACA, will I be able to keep working?
A: Yes. You will be eligible to continue working lawfully until the expiration of your work permit.
Q: If I have DACA, will ICE use the information on my applications to find me and deport me?
A: Probably not. The Department of Homeland Security has announced that information provided by DACA applicants will not be furnished to ICE for deportation purposes unless an individual is a criminal or security threat.
Q: If I have DACA and it expires on or before March 5, 2018, will I be able to renew it?
A: Yes. You must submit your application to renew your DACA before October 5, 2017.
Q: If I have DACA and it expires after March 5, 2018, will I be able to renew it?
A: No. If you submit a renewal application, it will be rejected.
Q: If I have a DACA application pending, may it still be approved?
R: Applications that were submitted before September 5, 2017 will be adjudicated.
Q: If I have DACA Advance Parole, may I still travel?
R: Yes. However, it is advisable to consult with your attorney regarding your planned travel before departing the USA.
Q: I have an application for DACA Advance Parole pending with USCIS. What is going to happen?
A: USCIS has announced that pending applications for DACA Advance Parole will be returned along with the filing fees to the applicants.
We at WGV will continue to fight for our many beloved immigrant youth – those who benefitted from DACA and those who did not – as well as for our many undocumented family and friends.