USCIS’s original plan to start accepting requests for the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) on February 18, 2015 are currently on hold due to a federal court order. U. S. District Judge Andrew Hanan in Texas issued a temporary injunction to block the Obama Admninistration’s executive action. These executive actions were initially announced in November 2014, and they would have expanded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and also included a new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program for those who have lived in the U. S. continuously since January 1, 2010, and passed required background checks.
The Obama administration has confirmed that they will comply with the judge’s order. However, in the interim, the U. S. Department of Justice has filed a motion seeking a temporary stay of this injunction. These judicial proceedings are expected to take several months. However, the court’s temporary injunction does not affect the existing DACA program that is already in place. Applicants may continue to apply for initial grant of DACA or renewal of DACA under the existing guidelines first set in 2012.
We at Pasricha & Patel, LLC will continue to assist applicants who meet the eligibility of the existing DACA program and file the required documentation and forms to USCIS. We will continue to update everyone with any further substantive developments with the implementation of the Obama Administration’s executive action programs.