As you may have heard, the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on September 5, 2017. The policy was implemented by the Obama administration in 2012 in order to provide certain undocumented immigrants, who entered the United States as minors, to receive renewable two-year periods of deferred action from deportation. The policy also allows these individuals to obtain driver’s licenses, enroll in school and work in the United States. Since the program’s implementation, over 750,000 people have been approved for the program.

As a result of President Trump’s recent rescission of the program, no new DACA or employment authorization requests will be considered after September 5, 2017. However, there is still time for current beneficiaries to extend their status and work authorization under DACA. In order to qualify for an extension, a current beneficiary must satisfy two criteria:

1. A beneficiary’s current benefits must expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018; and

2. The request for DACA renewal and/or work authorization renewal must be filed with and accepted by USCIS as of October 5, 2017.

If you would like more information, or if someone you know is a DACA Dreamer, please contact Karl R. Ulrich in SS+D’s Immigration Law Practice Group in Dayton at 937.222.2052 or in our West Chester office at 513.644.8125.

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