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Will My DACA status and my work authorization end or what can I do with my DACA status?

As of today, we believe the answer is “It depends.”  The information below is based on initial information and may be revised in the near future. 

FIRST, as of September 5, 2017, NO ONE can file for his or her first DACA.

SECOND, if you have your first DACA application on file with the USCIS, that application may be approved.

THIRD, if you have DACA status that expires on or before March 5, 2018, you can still file an I821D application to renew your status and an I765 application for work authorization—requesting two more years of DACA status. This must be filed before October 5, 2017.

FOURTH, IF your DACA status expires after March 5, 2018, you will not be able to file applications to renew your status.

FIFTH, there will be no more advance paroles granted for persons with DACA.

Now more than ever is the time to become an advocate.  You can contact the senators for your state and the congressman for your district.  But whenever possible, urge your coworkers, your fellow students, your USC relatives, your doctor, your dentist, members of your church to do the same.  Our elected representatives from Texas need to know that many, many us citizens support the bipartisan bills already introduced in congress to allow the DACA population to become permanent residents and to be allowed to remain in the united states.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival renewal applications available for filing!!

As of June 2014 the USCIS issued a revision of the DACA application that can be used for renewal of DACA status and for initial applications.  The DACA renewal application along with the application to renew the employment authorization document should be submitted 4 months prior to expiration of your current DACA status.  This is important because you cannot renew your driver license without the DACA renewal approval.  If you have not yet filed for DACA status, it is still possible to do so.