Judge Nicholas George Garaufis instructed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to accept and adjudicate DACA petitions from immigrants who qualify for the program but are not currently enrolled. USCIS announced on Monday, December 7, 2020, that it is now accepting the following applications. USCIS will now adjudicate these applications in accordance with policy in effect prior to the attempted termination of DACA on September 5, 2017:
USCIS is also taking the following actions based on the court’s order:
DHS indicated that it might seek relief from the order, so it is possible that this window of eligibility to apply may close. Nebraska, among nine other states, is part of a lawsuit in federal court seeking to terminate DACA with the next hearing scheduled for December 22, 2020 which could further limit the window of eligibility to apply.
Anyone who is eligible for initial DACA can begin gathering the supporting evidence listed here so you will be ready to file. If you are considering applying for DACA for the first time with an initial application, it is critical that you consult with an immigration attorney. If this news impacts you, consider calling the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline (NILAH). NILAH offers free, confidential screenings; for consultations and referrals call 1-855-307-6730.
Click here for more information for submitting an initial DACA application following the recent court’s decision.
What is DACA?
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security under the Obama administration announced that it would defer deportation for certain individuals who came to the United States as children. To be eligible, the requestor had to prove they: