On September 5th, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump would end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Over 800,000 individuals who were brought to the United States as children benefited from this Deferred Action.  During this period of Deferred action, they were granted employment authorization and were eligible to apply for Advance Parole which allowed them to return to the United States after foreign travel.
With this announcement, the following actions will take place.
  • EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: No new DACA Applications will be accepted or processed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • If you gained status via DACA, your employment authorization will remain valid until its expiration date.
    • This can be found on your I-795 Approval Notice.
  • All work permits or DACA Issuances expiring between (September 5, 2017) and March 5, 2018, MUST be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole.
  • Pending I-131 Applications for Advance Parole will no longer be processed and any fees associated with this application will be refunded.
In the week since the announcement several States have indicated a willingness to challenge this decision in court.