Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals –
You Can Now Renew Your DACA Again!
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. This program was terminated by President Trump on September 5, 2017. However, on January 13, 2018, a court injunction made it possible to renew your DACA again as long as you meet the following criteria:
- You must have previously been approved for DACA; no first time DACA applications will be accepted. Renewal applications will be accepted for those who have a currently valid DACA and for those whose DACA expired less than a year ago.
- The same eligibility requirement as before still apply. You must:
- Have not departed the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
If your renewal is approved, your DACA benefits will be exactly the same as they were before the program was cancelled.
This policy will be in place “until further notice.” To be safe, give us a call at 972-885-6625 and set up a consultation with our attorney as soon as possible. We do not believe that this policy will be in effect for long so now is the time to renew.