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Stephen K. Tills, Attorney at LAW

A.G. announces end to DACA program

DACA:  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Deferred Action is not a permanent lawful status in the U.S., only temporary.The Action being deferred is deportation. It is not Lawful Permanent Resident (green card) status, and thus it does not offer a path to citizenship.

  • Renewals accepted for additional 6 months

Those seeking to renew their DACA status, must file the application, form I-821, along with the application for employment authorization, I-765, within 30 days:

 (DHS) Will adjudicate—on an individual, case by case basis—properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries that have been accepted by the Department as of the date of this memorandum, and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between the date of this memorandum and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted by the Department as of October 5, 2017. 

Eligibility for DACA extensions

  1. Those whose DACA permits expire by March 5, 2018, may apply for two-year DACA extensions if they apply for the extension by October 5, 2017
  2. Those whose DACA permits expire on and after March 6, 2018 will not be eligible to file DACA extension applications
  3. DHS will continue to adjudicate DACA extension applications properly filed and received by USCIS on and before September 5, 2017, even if the current DACA approval of the applicant expires after March 5, 2018


  • Initial applications no longer accepted

DHS will not accept new filings for DACA status.  The program commenced in 2012, and most of those eligible are assumed to have submitted applications.  By the end of 2018, nearly 850,000 applicants had been approved for the status.


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