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September 5

DACA Ending – Here is what it means for you, Houston

Here is what you need to know about DACA after today’s announcement by AG Sessions:
Effective immediately, the Department (USCIS):

  • Point One: Will adjudicate—on an individual, case-by-case basis—properly filed pending DACA initial requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents that have been accepted by the Department as of the date of this memorandum.
  • Point Two: Will reject all DACA initial requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents filed after the date of this memorandum.
  • Point Three: Will adjudicate—on an individual, case by case basis—properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents from current beneficiaries that have been accepted by the Department as of the date of this memorandum, and from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between the date of this memorandum and March 5, 2018 that have been accepted by the Department as of October 5, 2017.
  • Point Four: Will reject all DACA renewal requests and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents filed outside of the parameters specified above.
  • Point Five: Will not terminate the grants of previously issued deferred action or revoke Employment Authorization Documents solely based on the directives in this memorandum for the remaining duration of their validity periods.
  • Point Six: Will not approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program, although it will generally honor the stated validity period for previously approved applications for advance parole. Notwithstanding the continued validity of advance parole approvals previously granted, CBP will—of course—retain the authority it has always had and exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border and the eligibility of such persons for parole.
  • Point Seven: USCIS will—of course—retain the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.
  • Point Eight: Will administratively close all pending Form I-131 applications for advance parole filed under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees.
  • Point Nine: Will continue to exercise its discretionary authority to terminate or deny deferred action at any time when immigration officials determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.

If you need assistance to renew your DACA or have questions, please call Benavides & Serrano PLLC at 713-222-2828.

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