Important DACA Update – January 2018

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in our country regarding the status of immigration laws, especially when it comes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. There have also been a number of changes made to these laws, which can make it confusing and even more overwhelming for those with so much on the line. In September of 2017, the Department of Homeland Security along with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Of course, this sudden termination left a lot of people scrambling to figure out their next move. However, this week, there was a federal court order that reinstated parts of DACA and now will allow individuals to renew their DACA privileges. It is important to note that this is only applicable to people who were already enrolled in DACA, not to those who have not ever been enrolled. Individuals who had their DACA enrollment terminated for any reason prior to September 5, 2016, are not permitted to request a DACA renewal because they must have already done so before the one-year expiration date. In addition, the USCIS will not accept or approve any requests for advanced parole.

Just as quickly as DACA was terminated the first time, it can be terminated again. Therefore, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced immigration attorney that can help you prepare for an uncertain future.

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.

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