On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and initiated a phase-out of the program over the next six months.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in a memorandum, stated that it would provide a limited window in which it will process certain requests for DACA and associated applications meeting certain requirements.
The Department of Homeland Security and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS),
• Will process–on an individual, case-by-case basis–properly filed pending DACA initial requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents that have been accepted by the Department as of September 5th;
• Will reject all DACA initial requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents filed after September 5th;
• Will accept and process–on an individual, case by case basis–properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current DACA holders that have been accepted by the Department as of September 5th, and from current DACA holders whose benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted by USCIS as of October 5, 2017;
• Will reject all DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents filed outside of the parameters specified above;
• Will not terminate the grants of previously issued deferred action or revoke Employment Authorization Documents solely based on the directives in this memorandum for the remaining duration of their validity periods;
• Will not approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, although it will generally honor the stated validity period for previously approved applications for advance parole;
• Will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole filed under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees; and
• Will continue to exercise its discretionary authority to terminate or deny deferred action at any time when immigration officials determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.
EIIC is currently in the process of contacting each of our DACA clients. If you have a question, please call either of our offices and ask to speak to a member of our immigration staff. We will continue to update our web page, facebook and Twitter accounts with any new announcements on the subject. DACA renewals will be a priority for our legal staff until October 5th.
Free DACA Renewal Assistance Provided by the Western Queens Immigrant Coalition
The Western Queens Immigrant Coalition will provide free DACA renewal assistance on Saturday, September 30th from 10 am-2 pm at the Jacob A Riis Neighborhood Settlement, 10-25 41st Avenue, Long Island City.