Dream Act

Dream Act

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – 

Since June 15, 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (also known as “DACA”) has been a program that allowed certain undocumented immigrants to get a temporary work permit. To qualify, you had to have arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007, and met an educational requirement.

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of DACA.

However, there are a number of things you need to be aware of:

  1. If you currently have DACA, it is still valid.  Your work authorization is still valid until the expiration date that is found on your card.
  2. First-time DACA applications filed after September 5, 2017, will be denied.  Don’t even try to submit an application now.
  3. If you currently have DACA and it will expire on or before March 5, 2018, you can still renew it! But you need to act immediately. A one month period has been reserved for renewal applications to be submitted. After October 5, 2017, renewal applications will no longer be accepted.
  4. Advance Parole (permission to travel outside of the U.S.) will no longer be given to DACA recipients. If you already have advance parole, it is still valid but you probably should not travel with it.  New and pending DACA applications will not be granted permission to travel abroad.
  5. You probably won’t be deported.  The priority of immigration enforcement is still to remove criminals. If you have missed the boat with DACA and are not a criminal, you should not be targeted. However, you need to talk to an immigration attorney as soon as possible to find out what options are still available.

How this could be a good thing!

Under DACA, undocumented immigrants who arrived as children could get only a temporary work permit. President Trump is pressuring Congress to come up with and implement a better solution.  Legislation has already been filed for the new “Dream Act.”  This means that it is entirely possible that permanent residency may become available to childhood arrivals. Moreover, DACA was an executive action. If a new program is passed by Congress, it will be a permanent solution. The Law Office of Nathan Christensen is excited to see what new programs may replace DACA and is ready to help you! Give us a call at 972-885-6625 and set up a consultation to get professional counsel on what options are available for you.