As the NMM Immigration Blog recently reported, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending the DACA program effective March 5, 2018. DHS will not accept any applications for first-time DACA applicants that were submitted on or after September 5, 2017. Any first-time DACA applicants who submitted their initial applications on or after September 5 should anticipate DHS will return the filed DACA applications.
DHS has made clear that it will not revoke DACA status of those who were granted DACA before September 5. Instead, DHS is phasing out the DACA program, to permit individuals who were DACA beneficiaries before September 5 to remain in the program until each current DACA beneficiary’s validity period expires.
DHS is permitting current DACA holders with a DACA end date prior to March 5 to apply for another two-year renewal. The deadline for renewal is October 5, 2017. If you are a current DACA beneficiary with a DACA termination date that falls on or before March 5, 2018, you must act before October 5 to ensure an additional two years in the DACA program.
Do not wait until October 5. Act Now. If you have any questions on DACA, or other immigration issues, please contact me at RGLahoud@nmmlaw.com.