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DACA Immigration Lawyers in Central Texas

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was established in 2012. The executive order from then-President Barack Obama allowed undocumented individuals who meet certain criteria to remain in the country without fear of deportation, thanks to a two-year permit that allowed them to work and obtain a driver license.

The fate of this program has been a hot-button political issue since Obama left office. In September 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration announced it would end the DACA program in March of 2018, sparking renewed debate over how to deal with this complex immigration issue.

Are you part of the DACA program or were you hoping to apply? You may be uncertain of your status with the big changes coming. You may wonder how long you can continue to work if you have a DACA permit. You need advice and a strong advocate in your corner who can keep you apprised of what’s happening with DACA and how it may impact you.

Morales & Sparks can help you navigate this complicated issue.

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What Are the Requirements for DACA?

The DACA program is no longer processing initial first-time applications. Qualifying for the program required that:

  • You were brought to the country before age 16.
  • You were in school, had graduated or obtained a GED when you applied.
  • You had not left the country since Nov. 20, 2014, and lived here since Jan. 1, 2010.
  • You had not been convicted of certain crimes and had a clean background check.

What Will Happen to Me When the DACA Program Ends?

Right now, the future of DACA looks dim with the Trump administration’s decision to end it. Congress may step in to pass legislation protecting the so-called “Dreamers” covered by DACA, many of whom have not lived in their native country in years.

With the general uncertainty surrounding the program, it’s more important than ever to discuss your case with DACA immigration attorneys in Austin, Texas, who can advise you on your legal options. So much related to this program changes day to day. You must stay updated on what will be required of DACA participants when the program ends.

Can I Still Renew My DACA?

Only certain DACA recipients can renew.  Those whose work permits expire in early March 2018 can renew their DACA work permits ONLY if USCIS receives their application on or before October 5, 2017.  Contact an immigration attorney as soon as possible if you are facing this important deadline.

How a DACA Immigration Lawyer in Texas Can Help

Life as an undocumented immigrant can be difficult even without the specter of DACA’s expiration looming. You probably have lots of questions, such as whether you will be deported at that point or if the information you submitted to the government to receive your deferred action permit will be used to track you down. A lot of people are terrified, because they do not know what will happen next.

By enlisting a good Texas immigration attorney, you can get the legal advice you need during this challenging time. We will listen to your questions and find the answers you need. We won’t sugarcoat those answers. It may be hard to hear the truth, but you deserve to hear it so you can prepare for the next steps.

We truly care for our clients and we want you to know you can trust us, whatever the future of DACA brings. Contact us today to set up a consultation.

Updated on Sep 15, 2017

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