On December 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered that the July 2020 memorandum issued by Chad Wolf, suspending portions of DACA, is vacated. This order follows the court’s earlier ruling that DHS Acting Secretary Wolf was not lawfully serving in that role when he issued his memo.

As a result, on December 7, 2020, the government published a notice on its website that is accepting first-time DACA applications, DACA renewal requests, and applications for advance parole from DACA recipients according to the terms of the DACA program before its termination in 2017 . The court also ordered the government to extend all one-year DACA grants and employment authorization documents to two -years.

What’s next?
Verify that you qualify for DACA and gather all the proofs, submit your DACA renewal application 120 to 150 days before the date your current DACA and EAD expire.
You may qualify as a first-time DACA applicant if you:
  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
DACA renewal: Apply 120 to 150 days before DACA and Employment Authorization Document expires.

Contact us at 407.880.4673 ext. 238 for more information or to schedule a consultation. 


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