In January and February 2018, the federal court ordered the USCIS to continue to accept DACA applications. The USCIS will continue to accept applications for renewal of DACA for those who had applied before, but will not accept new applications.
USCIS is only accepting new DACA requests if you had previously received DACA and it expired before Sept. 5, 2016, or if your most recent DACA grant was previously terminated. If this applies to you, you cannot file a renewal request, but you can file a new initial DACA request and provide information about your previous grant.
If you are renewing your DACA benefits, you must meet the following qualifying requirements:
To apply for DACA you must also apply and pay for an Employment Authorization Document (Work Permit). But, the USCIS will not accept applications for advance parole (travel).
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly referred to as DACA, was an executive order instituted by President Obama in 2012. DACA protects immigrants who entered the US without proper documentation, or who overstayed their visas..
If you are granted Deferred Action, you are safe from deportation for at least a two year period. That period can be renewed repeatedly. You can now work, obtain a driver’s license, and come out of the shadows.
To qualify for DACA, you must meet the following criteria:
Deferred Action can be granted for people who are currently in deportation proceedings as well as individuals who have never been in deportation proceedings.
It is important to be aware and informed before applying for deferred action. Because DACA was implemented through executive action it can be revoked by a future president. Additionally, if you apply for DACA and do not meet the deferred action criteria, it is possible for you to be placed in deportation proceeds. It is essential you discuss your case with a qualified immigration attorney before applying for DACA., Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
If you feel DACA applies to you, it is important to discuss your case with a qualified attorney. There are many well-meaning organizations offering free advice relating to deferred action. However they do not have the experience or the training necessary to help you make the most informed decision possible. The Law Office of Malathi Benjamin has been successfully advocating for immigration clients for over 15 years.
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In the current political upheavals involving immigration in the United States, it seems that most
Each year, tens of thousands of non-citizens arrive at the United States border, seeking asylum.