Over the last several years, there have been many changes made to the DACA program. However, with another presidential election upon us, there could be more changes to come. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was terminated in 2017 and no new applications are being accepted. With so much change and uncertainty for DACA participants, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. For nearly 20 years, Katona & Associates, PLLC has proudly represented DACA recipients and helped them understand their rights in this changing environment. If you or a loved one needs help with DACA or with another immigration matter, contact Katona & Associates, PLLC today to learn how we can help.Changes to DACA
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was terminated in September of 2017, impacting thousands of people who came to the U.S. before turning 16 years old. In February of the following year, individuals who were previously protected under DACA became permitted by federal courts to renew their status. Be aware that there are no new requests for DACA being accepted at this time.DACA Renewals
Many people are still interested in renewing their DACA status but are confused about whether they are eligible after all of the recent changes. You may only submit a request for renewal if you had a DACA expiration date on or after September 5, 2017. Individuals who are still eligible to renew his or her DACA status must do so by filing the following documentation:
- Form I-821D
- Form I-765
- The I-765 Worksheet
If you are a recipient of DACA, you may be eligible to work in the United States as long as you have been authorized to do so. If your DACA protection expires after March 5, 2018, your work authorization will expire on the date that is listed on your approval notice. In the event that the government believes you are no longer eligible for deferred action or work authorization, your status can be terminated. This typically happens when the recipient commits a crime that results in at least 90 days in jail. If you have questions about your ability to work in the United States, contact an experienced attorney.Contact a New York City Immigration Attorney
If you or a loved one has questions about the current DACA situation or whether you are eligible for renewal, it is important that you have strong legal representation on your side. The changes that have been made to the deferred action program can be very confusing and also result in a great deal of stress. For nearly 20 years, Katona & Associates, PLLC has proudly served clients across New York City from our office in Manhattan. To discuss your situation with a legal team you can trust, contact Katona & Associates, PLLC today to schedule a consultation.