The below is an excerpt from a letter we have sent all our DACA clients. We share it here in hopes of disseminating information about today’s announcement. Please feel free to share this post – it is available in Spanish by clicking here.
You are receiving this because you or a family member is affected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. Today, September 5, 2017 it was announced that DACA would be rescinded. As we write this letter, we have limited information. We will release information via email as it becomes available – please visit our website at www.walthergoss.com and sign up for our email updates. You should also keep an eye on our blog and social media feeds as we will try our best to keep you updated regarding DACA and other issues.
If you do not yet have DACA:
- If your DACA application was submitted and accepted on or before today’s date, September 5, 2017, your application will be reviewed and approval will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
- If you have not yet submitted your DACA application or if you recently applied but it was not accepted by today, your application will be rejected.
- If you have not yet applied for DACA, DO NOT apply now. Your application will be denied and you will have given the government your contact information.
If you already have DACA:
- Your deferred action and employment authorization (EAD, work document) will remain valid through the expiration date printed on your EAD card.
- If your EAD expires after March 5, 2018, you will not be able to file for renewal.
- If your EAD expires on or before March 5, 2018, you must file an application to renew your DACA before October 5, 2017.
- IMPORTANT: If your EAD expires on or before March 5, 2018 and you do not file to renew DACA before October 5, 2017, you will not be eligible to renew after that date.
- We are scheduling rush appointments to help you file your renewal as soon as possible. Call us immediately to schedule a time to come in to file your DACA renewal.\
- If you have been approved for Advanced Parole using form I-131, that will generally be honored.
- Due to increased risks with today’s announcement, talk to one of our immigration attorneys before planning any travel outside of the country, even if advanced parole has been approved.
- No new applications for advanced parole will be approved.
- If your application (I-131) for advanced parole is pending, it will not be approved and you will be refunded any associated filing fees.
If you have DACA and have had any criminal issues, contact us immediately so we can discuss possible risks for your case. If you have other questions related to DACA, we are available to answer your calls and questions and can meet with you to discuss your case. Call us at (612) 824-2244 to schedule an appointment today. You can also find us online at www.walthergoss.com.