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DACA is Coming to an End – What Does That Mean for You?

It was announced today that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be rescinded. Today’s decision will unfortunately affect a lot of individuals, families, and employers. DACA is coming to an end. Here is what you need to know:

  1. If you currently have DACA, your authorization is valid until the expiration date, unless terminated or revoked.


  1. Once your DACA and Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expire, you will return to the same status you had before receiving DACA. That means you will be in the United States with unlawful presence and you will no longer be eligible to work under DACA.


  1. If you filed an initial DACA request and it is currently pending, USCIS will adjudicate the request. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not accept any initial DACA requests after September 5, 2017.


  1. If your DACA and EAD are set to expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you may renew your applications as long as you do so before October 5, 2017.


  1. USCIS will reject all DACA renewal requests filed after October 5, 2017.


  1. If a DACA recipient currently has a valid advance parole travel permit, it is still valid until the expiration date. However, it is still at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer to allow the individual back into the United States.


  1. DACA recipients will no longer be eligible to request an application for advance parole.


  1. If you currently have an application for advance parole pending, USCIS will administratively close it. According to USCIS, it will refund all associated costs.


  1. Will an individual be removed from the United States once his or her DACA expires? It depends on many factors. Individuals in the United States have rights. The person may be eligible for another form of relief so it is advisable that the person consult with an immigration attorney.


  1. If you are a U.S. citizen and you want to help someone who is affected by this decision, you can help by being proactive and contacting Congress. Let them know how it important it is for them to pass comprehensive legislation.


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