Frequently Asked Questions About DACA in New York

Do you need help with or have questions about your DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) filing? PPID Immigration attorneys are here to help you understand your rights and make decisions that impact your status.

In light of the ongoing uncertainty and changing political environment surrounding DACA, you probably have many questions about its status. PPID’s Immigration attorneys are here to help you.

What are deferred actions in immigration?

Deferred actions are acts of “prosecutorial discretion.” This means that immigration authorities can decide whether to provide temporary relief for individuals who might otherwise be subject to deportation. Once someone has been granted deferred action, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not start removal proceedings.

Who are the Dreamers and what is the Dream Act?

“Dreamers” is the collective term for young people who were brought to the U.S. as children, without proper documentation. These individuals were first granted deferred action status through DACA. The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act is a legislative effort to provide a pathway to legal status for Dreamers.

Are new DACA applications being accepted?

In July 2020, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo to limit DACA. As part of that effort, new applications from claimants who have never been granted DACA protection it are not being accepted. Unprocessed applications are being sent back along with filing fees. This could change in the future based on the political climate but there is no guarantee. People who have received DACA previously can still apply for renewals.

How long does a renewal last?

As of now, DACA and employment authorization renewals are for two years.

What is the timeframe for renewing DACA?

Requests to renew DACA should be filed between 150 and 120 days before the current grant expires. USCIS warns on its website that renewal requests made sooner than that will be rejected.

If DACA goes away, what other options are there?

Some people may be able to gain legal status and avoid deportation through sponsorship by a relative or employer. Every situation is different. Speak with a PPID immigration attorney to best understand your specific immigration situation.

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