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|Updates on DACA:||
August 2018 Update:
- Several immigration advocacy groups are urging that DACA recipients with current deferrals apply for a two year extension before August 8th. On this date, a court in Texas will hear the state’s request for an injunction blocking DACA.
January 2018 Update:
- An order issued on January 9, 2018 by United States District Judge William Alsup has blocked the Trump administration's plans to phase out protections for undocumented dreamers. The order states that safeguards for deportation must remain in place for anyone who had DACA status prior to September 5, 2017. This ruling does not apply to individuals who did not have DACA protections prior to that date, such as high school dreamers who are in high school and had hoped to apply for DACA protections for the first time this year. It is unclear at this time when the DACA recipients might resume applying for work permits, because that would be up to the Department of Homeland Security, who runs the program.
September 2017 Update:
- Initial DACA applications are not being accepted as of September 5, 2017.
- Current DACA recipients will be permitted to retain both the period of deferred action and their employment authorization documents (EADs) until they expire, unless terminated or revoked. DACA benefits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance.
- If you submitted your initial application before September 5, 2017, it will be processed normally by USCIS. Renewal applications must be submitted by October 5, 2017 in order to be considered by USCIS.
- DACA recipients whose work permits expire on March 6, 2018 or later will not be able to renew.
- USCIS will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees
- If an individual’s still-valid EAD is lost, stolen, or destroyed, they may request a replacement EAD by filing a new Form I-765.
Individuals without legal status who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization.
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that individuals who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization.
Individuals without legal status who came to the US as children may continue to come forward and request an initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA under the guidelines established in 2012.
Individuals requesting DACA 2012 must submit their requests through mail; the most updated versions of the necessary forms can be found on USCIS's website.
You may request DACA if you:
DACA in the News
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Agencies in Colorado Assisting with DACA