The New DACA Decision and What It Means For You

– What happened?

This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration’s decision to cancel DACA was not done properly and so is invalid. So, the program is still valid, for now

– Can I renew my DACA?

If you have DACA now, you can renew. That’s never changed, actually, and continues to be the case.

– I never applied for DACA, can I apply now?

This is the big question we’re all scrambling to resolve. It looks like you can, but give us a day (or a few) to work out the details. In the meantime, follow the steps in the next question.

– If I qualify for DACA but never applied before, what should I do now?

Start gathering the evidence you need to get a new DACA application approved. This means you need to gather the following:

  • Proof of your continuous physical presence in the U.S. since June 15, 2007. School records are great for this, but if you’ve been out of school, you’ll want to dig up your old pay stubs, bank records, traffic tickets, and anything else (be creative) that shows that you’ve never left the country since DACA was announced.
  • Proof that you’re enrolled in school, graduated high school, got a GED, or are in the military. If you didn’t graduate high school and aren’t in school now, sign up right now for continuation / GED classes.

– What about Advanced Parole? Can I travel on my DACA?

This is another big question, and much less clear. Even if travel is allowed again, COVID-19-related restrictions are going to make travelling very, very difficult. Your best bet is to talk to your immigration lawyer.

– Does this mean that everyone with DACA is becoming citizens?
Not at all. DACA is not a direct path to citizenship so far.

If you have any questions, reach out to an immigration attorney. However, you must understand that it might be a little while before we have solid answers.

Stay tuned for more!

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