NORTH CAROLINA & FLORIDA DACA ATTORNEYS
Serving DREAMers Throughout The Country
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA – is a federal program that grants delayed removal action for immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. If you are granted DACA status, removal action is deferred for two years but you may renew your status.
Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC is proud to serve DREAMers who need legal representation or counsel. Our DACA attorneys in North Carolina and Florida are just a phone call away.
The Current State Of DACA
DACA is a special provision that was first enacted in June of 2012 by the Secretary of Homeland Security. Successful applicants would be able to remain in the U.S. and avoid removal action for two years, subject to renewal. Status as a DREAMer does not provide lawful status but does grant eligibility for work authorization.
On June 18, 2020 the U.S. Supreme Court sided with DACA recipients ruling that the way in which the Trump administration rescinded the DACA program in 2017 was unlawful. The decision is a huge victory for immigrant communities and their allies who mobilized to protect the DACA program.
Although the Court sided with DACA recipients, it is important to remember that the Trump administration can again try to end the program through an executive action. While only Congress can take action to create a permanent solution for DACA recipients through federal legislation, we must also continue demanding that state and local officials protect our communities from immigration enforcement. It is time for a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients, TPS holders, and all other immigrants at risk of deportation.
WHAT DID THE COURT DECIDE?
The Court ruled in favor of the DACA program, rejecting the Trump administration’s 2017 attempt to terminate the program. This decision restores the program completely, and both initial and renewal applications should be accepted by USCIS.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE COMMUNITY?
- Current DACA recipients continue to be protected from deportation and eligible for benefits under the DACA program, like work authorization.
- Eligible DACA recipients can continue to apply to renew their DACA for two more years.
- Eligible individuals who never had DACA should be able to apply at this time.
- All eligible individuals should consult with a legal service provider for information about applying for DACA for the first time, renewing their existing DACA, and/or getting screened for eligibility for other, more permanent immigration options.
- It is possible Advance Parole may again allow DACA recipients to travel outside the United States and return. However, details of this possibility are still unclear, and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may limit the ability to travel. Check with a legal service provider for more information.
Renewing DACA Status
If it is time to renew your DACA status, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Retaining legal counsel can help ease your burden. At Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, we can handle all the paperwork and guide you through the process. You will be positioned for success from the very beginning.
To renew DACA, you will need:
- Form G-1145
- Form I-821D
- Form I-765
- Form I-765WS
- A cover letter
- Copies of supporting evidence
- A money order made out to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Consult With Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC Today
Our firm is poised to answer all your DACA-related questions and guide you through whatever steps are necessary to achieve your goals. We understand that your DACA status can significantly impact your life as well as your loved ones. That is why we work tirelessly to ensure successful renewals.