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FAQ: Information on the ending of DACA

 

Does your DACA expire between September 5, 2017 & March 5, 2018? 
Tu DACA vence entre el 5 de septiembre de 2017, y el 5 de marzo de 2018? 

Over 200,000 people are eligible to renew their DACA and will be protected for 2 more years! Más de 200,000 personas son elegibles para renovar su DACA y serán protegidos durante dos años más!

APPLY TODAY: The deadline is October 5, 2017. Don’t miss it! APLICA HOY: La fecha límite es el 5 de octubre de 2017. Que no se te pase!

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INFORMATION ON END OF DACA
 

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On Sept. 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiated the phase out of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization. Below is an explanation based on information released by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).                        

What is going to happen to current DACA holders?

Current DACA recipients will be permitted to keep their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire.  DACA benefits are valid for two years from the date of issuance.

What happens to individuals who applied for DACA for the first time recently and the request is pending?

USCIS will adjudicate all properly filed DACA first time requests and associated applications for employment authorization that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017.

What happens to individuals who currently have a request for renewal of DACA pending or are going to soon expire?

  • Current beneficiaries of DACA that have filed renewal applications for employment authorization that have been accepted as of September 5, 2017 will be adjudicated. 
     
  • Current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 may file for an extension but the application must be filed by October 5, 2017.
      
  • USCIS will reject all requests to renew DACA and associated applications for employment authorization filed after October 5, 2017. 
     
  • Over 200,000 people are eligible for renewal. 

What happens when an individual’s DACA benefits expire over the course of the next two years? Will individuals with expired DACA be considered illegally present in the country?

Current law does not grant any legal status for recipients of DACA. Recipients of DACA are currently unlawfully present in the U.S. with their removal deferred.  When their period of deferred action expires or is terminated, their removal will no longer be deferred and they will no longer be eligible for lawful employment.

Once an individual’s DACA expires, will their case be referred to ICE for enforcement purposes? Will USCIS share the personal information of individuals whose pending requests are denied proactively with ICE for enforcement purposes?

It is generally the policy of USCIS in DACA requests not to provided information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) for the purpose of immigration enforcement proceedings unless the requestor poses a risk to national security or public safety or meets certain deportation criteira.  However, this policy, may be modified, superseded, or rescinded at any time without notice. 

Can DACA recipients whose valid EAD is lost, stolen or destroyed request a new EAD during the phase out?

If an individual’s still-valid EAD is lost, stolen, or destroyed, they may request a replacement EAD.

Will DACA recipients still be able to travel outside of the United States while their DACA is valid?

Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer approve any new applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program. Those with a current advance parole validity period from a previously-approved advance parole application will generally retain the benefit until it expires. However, CBP will retain the authority it has always exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border. Further, USCIS retains the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.

What happens to individuals who have pending requests for advance parole to travel outside of the United States?

USCIS will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees.

What are the next steps?

  • Apply for renewal.  Current beneficiaries whose benefits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 may file for a renewal but must do so before October 5, 2017.    
     
  • Make sure all family members eligible for renewal apply. 
     
  • Congregations and federations should call all members and determine if eligible for renewal, encourage to apply immediately and connect to a trusted legal service provider.  


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