Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

As you have probably heard, the U.S. District Court in Texas issued another deicsion finding that the DACA program is unlawful. The court kept the partial stay of its order for "all DACA recipients who recieved their initial DACA status prior the July 16, 2021." So, in practical terms, the new order will not change the status quo:

  • People who currently have DACA will retain DACA status and the protection from enforcement it confers;
  • Renewals: the order allows USCIS to continue to receive and process requests for renewals from DACA recipients (as of July 6, 2021) or whose DACA protection has lapsed for less than one year;
  • New applications: the court’s order bars USCIS from processing or granting DACA status for any new applications for DACA.

USCIS has said it will continue to accept initial DACA requests but, per the Court's Order, will not process them.

Please contact our office for assistance with DACA.

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