The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is still in doubt. The program, as it currently stands, is no longer accepting new applications and will cease accepting renewal applications after the stated deadline. DACA recipients, sometimes called Dreamers, who have an existing permit that expires on or before March 5th have the opportunity to renew their status for an additional two years. However, DACA renewal applications must be filed by October 5th, 2017!
The DACA program offered certain young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children protection from deportation and the ability to obtain a work permit. Since 2012, DACA protections have been issued to about 800,000 immigrants, many of whom have no memories of their home countries. It’s estimated that about 150,000 people are eligible to renew their DACA status one last time. Many Dreamers could have a different pathway to permanent residency, but have not had a recent legal consultation to find out about other green card options unrelated to DACA.
Right now, the future for Dreamers appears uncertain, but regardless of the program’s future it is best to have an immigration attorney review an individual’s background for any other immigration benefits that may apply. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth can help Dreamers prepare for all possible outcomes. To schedule a free consultation with an immigration attorney, call 888-517-9888 today.