September 5, 2017
Today President Trump announced that he is ending the DREAMer program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 6 months. The hopes and dreams of nearly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as children are on the line. This cruel and shameful attack on America’s young immigrants seeks to fuel Trump’s anti-immigrant and racist agenda. But we will not back down. The fight for immigrant justice continues.
DACA recipients, their friends, families, and communities should keep the following things in mind to protect their rights:
1. DACA renewals
You can renew your current DACA status only if:
➢ Your application for renewal is accepted by October 5, 2017 and
➢ Your DACA status expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018
The DHS Q&A issued on September 5, says that renewal applications must be accepted by October 5, 2017 and that all requests to renew DACA filed after October 5, 2017 will be rejected. To be safe, it’s important to apply for your renewal as soon as possible and make sure it’s received by October 5, 2017 if you are eligible. If your application is not received by October 5, 2017 you will lose your $495 filing fee and your DACA status will end without being renewed. You may decide to consult with a reputable immigration attorney before filing a DACA renewal – but you must make sure your application is received by October 5, 2017. See iAmerica.org/legalhelp for a list of legal services organizations. Click here for a list of legal services organizations.
2. Current DACA status is valid until its expiration date
If you have DACA status that is valid after March 5, 2018, your DACA will continue to be valid until its expiration date even though DHS announced that the DACA program is ending. Your employment authorization card, or a DACA notice of approval includes your DACA expiration date.
3. First-time DACA applications will not be accepted as of September 5, 2017
DHS stated that it will no longer accept first-time applications for DACA as of September 5, 2017. If you do not have DACA status as of September 5, 2017 you are not eligible to apply for it for the first time. If you applied for DACA for the first time before September 5, 2017, your application will be processed.
4. DACA and advance parole
Advance parole applications, permission to travel outside the U.S., will not be accepted as of September 5, 2017. Pending applications for advance parole will be rejected. It’s important not to travel outside the U.S. without advance parole. If you were granted advance parole and have not yet traveled, it’s important to consult with a reputable immigration attorney before traveling.
5. Eligibility for another type of immigration status
Many people who have DACA are eligible for other types of immigration status and benefits. To see a partial list of possible immigration options see this checklist and then consult with a reputable immigration attorney or legal services organization
6. Proof of DACA status
It’s important to keep proof that you have been granted DACA with you. A copy of your employment authorization card, or a notice of approval will prove that you have been granted DACA.
7. Rights under the U.S. Constitution
All people in the U.S. have certain rights under the U.S. Constitution. Visit our Know Your Rights section.
9. Reputable legal help -- not notaries
Find reputable immigration attorneys and legal services organizations here. Avoid scammers and notarios who claim to be able to help you.
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Mission Asset Fund (MAF) provides scholarships for DACA renewals through October 5, 2017 across the country. Anyone interested should apply through www.LC4DACA.org. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAF has streamlined their enrollment process so that they will be able to issue a check for $495 made out to the Department of Homeland Security within 24-48 hours after a DACA applicant submits an application online. MAF will mail the check to renew DACA to the participant via USPS priority or express mail so that they can include it with their renewal application as soon as possible.
If you are a Dreamer that qualifies for renewal, there are clinics happening across the country that can help you with services in your community. Find a clinic near you: InformedImmigrant.com
Together We Can is providing DREAMers in need with a FREE, easy-to-use, online platform that steps you through a simple to understand process of preparing DACA renewal paperwork from any device. Start your application now.
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