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DACA: Frequently Asked Questions

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October 2017
DACA: Frequently Asked Questions

 

On September 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Urging Congress to pass a solution for the “Dreamers,” he said the existing program would be phased out in six months.

As early as March 2018, officials said, some of the 800,000 young adults brought to the United States illegally as children who qualify for the program may lose jobs, have to leave studies, and risk being deported. However, there are several bills in Congress which could bring a resolution, such as the Dream Act, the American Hope Act, RAC Act, etc. In addition, several lawsuits have already been filed against the Trump administration by numerous states, universities, and individuals. As this happened suddenly, many Dreamers are anxious and have questions.

Is my current DACA still valid and for how long?
Yes, if you have a current DACA and work permit (EAD), they are valid until the expiration date.

Can I renew my DACA and work permit?
If your DACA expired already and you did not file before September 5, 2017, you can no longer apply. If your DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you may apply by October 5, 2017 for a two-year renewal. If your DACA expires March 6, 2018, or later, you will not be able to apply to renew it.

What if I have just qualified for DACA and have filed an initial request?
If your initial request was filed before September 5, 2017, USCIS has indicated that it will continue adjudicating the request. However, you cannot file any initial request after September 5, 2017. The October deadline only applies to renewal requests.

What if my EAD card was lost, stolen, or destroyed but was still valid?
You can file a Form I-765 and request a replacement card, which will have the same expiration date.

Can I still travel with my current Advance Parole document based on DACA?
Effective September 5, 2017, USCIS will no longer approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole based on DACA. Those with a current advance parole will retain the benefit until it expires. However, CBP will retain the authority it has always exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border. Also, USCIS retains the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time. USCIS has basically stated that you travel at your own risk.

APPLICATION FINAL ACTION DATES FOR October  2017

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

22Dec10

22Dec10

2A

22Oct15

22Oct15

2B

08Nov10

08Nov10

3rd

22Jul05

22Jul05

4th

01Oct03

08May04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

15Sep08

Current

3rd

15Oct06

Current

Other

15Oct06

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

 


DATES FOR FILING VISA APPLICATIONS - October 2017

 

FAMILY

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

01Jan12

01Jan12

2A

01Nov16

01Nov16

2B

01Sep11

01Sep11

3rd

01Dec05

01Dec05

4th

22Jun04

15Nov04

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

India

Pakistan/Bangladesh

1st

Current

Current

2nd

08Feb09

Current

3rd

01Jan08

Current

Other

01Jan08

Current

4th

Current

Current

5th

Current

Current1B

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2018/visa-bulletin-for-october-2017.html

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