Department of Homeland Security Will Reject Initial Requests for DACA As It Weighs Future of the Program

On July 28, 2020,  Despite the Supreme Court decision to reinstate the DACA program​, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf announced that in response to the Supreme Court’s decision, the Department of Homeland Security will take action to thoughtfully consider the future of the DACA policy, including whether to fully rescind the program.

The Department of Homeland Security will make the following changes to DACA immediately:

  • Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents;
  • Reject new and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,
  • Limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum to one year. (shorten the DACA renewal period from 2 years to 1 year) 

This means that the USCIS will not accept any new DACA initial applications and plans to reject and return all initial applications submitted to date, with filing fee. 

Current DACA recipients should continue to renew their cases although their protection under deferred action and work permit will be valid for only one year instead of two. 

If you have questions about how you or someone you know may be impacted by this announcement, please request an appointment.

On July 28, 2020,  Despite the Supreme Court decision to reinstate the DACA program​, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf announced that in response to the Supreme Court’s decision, the Department of Homeland Security will take action to thoughtfully consider the future of the DACA policy, including whether to fully rescind the program.

The Department of Homeland Security will make the following changes to DACA immediately:

  • Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents;
  • Reject new and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,
  • Limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum to one year. (shorten the DACA renewal period from 2 years to 1 year) 

This means that the USCIS will not accept any new DACA initial applications and plans to reject and return all initial applications submitted to date, with filing fee. 

Current DACA recipients should continue to renew their cases although their protection under deferred action and work permit will be valid for only one year instead of two. 

If you have questions about how you or someone you know may be impacted by this announcement, please request an appointment.