Each and every day, we continue hearing and reading news and feature stories about DACA and that continues to create confusion and some false impressions. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals were enrolled in the program created by DACA. As a DACA program recipient, you may be in limbo as to whether or not you will be able to remain in the country. Or, you may be one of the many Americans who have friends, family, loved ones, neighbors, students, co-workers, and others in your life that are affected. We all wonder what the solution will be for the hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. who fell under DACA’s umbrella of protections, and about how the resolution of DACA will shape all of our lives in the future.
Anyone who has been granted DACA should speak to an immigration law expert as quickly as possible. There are many uncertainties and it is best to consult one-on-one with an attorney as to your unique situation. While the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that it would resume accepting certain DACA renewal applications and Employment Authorization Documents (ESD), it is very important to understand that there is no guarantee as to how long this will remain in effect. In addition, there are a variety of forms and applications depending on the date of the DACA expiration that are required to be completed and submitted. An experienced immigration attorney can help you navigate through this process.
Another common and very important question from DACA recipients is about advance parole, which is the permit that allows noncitizens without visas to re-enter the U.S. after travelling abroad. Requests for advance parole from DACA recipients will no longer be accepted. It is best to seek counsel regarding travel, as we do not advise leaving the country, even if you have been approved for advance parole in the past.
DACA recipients may have many other individual issues and concerns related to continued eligibility or the fear of deportation. Whether it is regarding military service, marriage, essential travel, or any number of special situations, don’t take the chance on misunderstanding your rights and the current laws. These issues are best addressed head-on by seeking the confidential advice of an expert. At FES Immigration Law, we are knowledgeable of the most current laws and are interested in you and your well-being. We listen with empathy and understanding and with our considerable experience, we will guide you through your best options and all the proper processes. Call us today at (813) 530-5992.