DACA is a program where certain individuals may qualify for deferred immigration action and work authorization. The deferred action is for a period of two years and may be renewed.
As of January 2017 there are approximately 800,000 people in the DACA program. The majority are in their 20’s and arrived into the country when they were 10 years old or younger.
The president announced that he had ordered DACA to be repealed on September 05, 2017. This meant that Congress has 6 months to make a decision regarding the Dreamers’ immigration status. Congress could choose to pass the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) or develop a new immigration program that would allow for permanent legal residency.
Dreamers are individuals who arrived into this country without documents and are currently protected in the DACA program.
All new applications for DACA protection will no longer be considered. Applications to renew DACA for permits expiring any time between September 05, 2017 to March 05, 2018 will be processed. These applications must be submitted by or before October 05, 2017.
There are many clinics/legal services/immigration services offering DACA renewal services. These clinics will work with applicants to complete all paperwork correctly, put together required documents, and submit the paperwork. The application fee is $495 per application.
DCARA’s Advocates are available to provide document translation, language advocacy, communication advocacy, and peer support. Contact DCARA by videophone 5103436670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with an Advocate. If you need help finding a clinic or want an Advocate to work with you please contact DCARA.
REMEMBER!!! DACA renewal applications MUST be submitted before or by October 05, 2017 in order to be accepted and processed.
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