On 5 September, 2017, President Trump announced that his administration will be winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the DACA, around 800,000 undocumented young adults who were brought up in the U.S could legally work in the country. The announcement by the President means that those under DACA would lose their work authorization permits on 6 March, 2018.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will provide a limited 6 month period during which DACA requests under certain conditions will considered along with applications for work permit.
Steps for Phasing out DACA by DHS:
1) If you are currently under DACA:
All DACA benefits awarded till now are valid for 2 years, so if you are currently under DACA, you can enjoy the benefits of DACA and your work authorization documents until they expire.
2) If you have properly filed for DACA as an initial request or renewal request along with employment authorization documents on or before 5 September, 2017:
The DHS will evaluate and determine your case.
3) If your DACA expires between 5 September, 2017 and 5 March, 2018 and you wish to renew it:
You must properly file a renewal request with the USCIS on or before the 5 October, 2017 for your renewal application to be processed.
4) If you have not submitted initial DACA request till 5 September, 2017:
You can no longer apply for the benefits of DACA.
5) If you have not submitted renewal request for DACA:
If your DACA has expired on 4 September, 2017 and you have not submitted for an application for DACA renewal on 5 September, 2017, you can no longer apply for renewal of DACA.
6) If you have lost your valid EAD:
If you have a valid DACA, but you have lost your Employment Authorization Document, you can file Form I-765, to replace a lost but valid EAD.