Is DACA Still in Effect?

As an Immigration law firm, we understand the concerns and questions surrounding the current status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In this blog post, we will provide you with the most up-to-date information on DACA and offer valuable insights to help you navigate through this complex issue.

DACA Overview:

DACA was implemented in 2012 to protect undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from deportation. It granted them temporary relief from removal and provided eligibility for work permits. However, the program has faced numerous legal challenges and policy changes over the years, leaving many uncertain about its current status.

The legality of the 2012 DACA policy was challenged in the Fifth Circuit Court on Oct 5, 2022. Current DACA recipients can renew their status and work permits, but first-time applications are on hold. The court found DACA unlawful, supporting Texas's standing. The Texas district court will further review the DACA Rule. The Federal Government confirmed it won't process first-time DACA applications. On Oct 31, 2022, the DACA Rule replaced the 2012 DACA memo, enabling renewals and clarifying eligibility. Congress must act for a permanent solution.

1. Understanding the Supreme Court Decision:

In June 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's attempt to terminate DACA was unlawful. This decision provided a lifeline for Dreamers, allowing them to continue renewing their status and work permits. We will delve into the details of this ruling and its implications for DACA recipients.

2. Navigating the Renewal Process:

If you are a current DACA recipient, it is crucial to understand the renewal process and stay up to date with any changes. We will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to renew your DACA status, including the required documents and timelines. 

3. Exploring Alternative Immigration Options:

While DACA offers temporary relief, it is essential to explore other immigration pathways that may provide a more permanent solution. We will discuss potential alternatives, such as the DREAM Act, comprehensive immigration reform, or pursuing a different visa category. Our blog post will provide insights into these options and their feasibility.

4. Addressing Travel Restrictions and International Students:

One common concern among DACA recipients is the ability to travel outside the United States or pursue higher education. We will provide an update on the current travel restrictions for DACA recipients and discuss the impact on international students. Our blog post will include valuable resources to help you understand the limitations and plan accordingly.

5. Navigating Employment Challenges:

Employment opportunities for DACA recipients can be challenging due to legal restrictions and employer biases. We will offer practical tips for job seekers, including how to address questions about work authorization during interviews, finding DACA-friendly employers, and leveraging networking platforms. Our goal is to empower you with the tools needed to overcome these obstacles.

Contact Our Skokie DACA Lawyers

Staying informed about the current status of DACA is crucial for individuals directly affected by this program. We hope this blog post has provided you with valuable insights and practical tips to navigate through the complexities of DACA. If you require personalized guidance or legal assistance, Gambacorta Law is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore how our experienced team can support you.

Call (847) 443-9303 now or contact Gambacorta Law online to schedule a free consultation with a Skokie DACA Lawyer.