The current state of DACA

by | Aug 26, 2020 | Firm News |

There has been a great deal of confusion surrounding the state of DACA since the June 18 Supreme Court decision blocking DHS from terminating the program. In response to the decision, some who had never had DACA before immediately applied in the hopes USCIS would accept their applications. Others were understandably cautious and chose not to submit their applications for fear USCIS would automatically reject them. Lawsuits were filed and a federal judge in Maryland ordered that USCIS go back to accepting all DACA applications, including initials.

Recently, USCIS has provided clarity on the subject. Unfortunately, and not surprisingly, it has decided to prohibit initial DACA applications and only allow renewals.

The two most recent USCIS memoranda state that USCIS, among other things, will:

  • Limit the period of each DACA renewal grant from two years to one year;
  • Reject all pending and future initial DACA applications and return all fees;
  • Reject all pending and future advance parole applications and return all fees;
  • Continue to adjudicate DACA applications for those whose prior DACA grants had expired or been terminated;
  • Reject any renewal applications received more than 150 days before the current DACA will expire;
  • Allow advance parole applications for current DACA holders ONLY if the parole is for “urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.” Some examples of these reasons are:
    • “Travel to support the national security interests of the United States including U.S. military interests;
    • Travel in furtherance of U.S. federal law enforcement interests;
    • Travel to obtain life-sustaining medical treatment that is not otherwise available to the alien in the United States;
    • Travel needed to support the immediate safety, well-being, or care of an immediate relative, particularly minor children of the alien.”
  • Keep the DACA filing fee at $495, even though USCIS is raising many of its application fees on October 2.

By reducing the validity of DACA from two years to one year for each application, USCIS is essentially doubling the filing fee and creating an unnecessary burden on applicants and on the agency itself. By USCIS rejecting renewal applications received more than 150 days before one’s expiration date, and with its widespread processing delays, the result will likely be gaps in DACA holders’ status.

The Trump Administration may well terminate the DACA program again (in a way that would comply with the Supreme Court ruling), but for now, current DACA holders should keep renewing well before their current DACA expires, but not before 150 days of expiration.

There is litigation challenging these arbitrary and unfair policies that could result in additional changes to the program. Therefore, it is important to keep up-to-date on the status of DACA as time goes on.


Big News- Firm Merger and Consolidation to Oakland!

Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor has formed Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

San Francisco Office has Moved to Join Oakland Office

We are thrilled to announce the merger of Bean + Lloyd, LLP and Park & Taylor, two highly respected Bay Area immigration law firms, which took place in April 2021. The new firm, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combines decades of immigration experience in the subfields of family-based immigration, removal defense, asylum, humanitarian visas, and criminal immigration.

Additionally, the former Park & Taylor office in San Francisco has moved to join the Oakland office at 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. While the office is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19, our staff is still available by phone, email, and text message, and all consultations and client appointments will continue by phone or video. We look forward to physically reopening our expanded and improved Oakland office when it is safe to do so.

Partners Jesse Lloyd and Anita Mukherji, both certified specialists in immigration and nationality law by the California State Bar, lead the firm. Karyn Taylor has joined as Of Counsel, and Angela Bean remains as partner and Anna von Herrmann as Of Counsel. The Park & Taylor staff have brought their two decades of experience to the team.

Please contact us at (510) 433-1900 or with any inquiries.

¡Anuncio importante- Unión y Consolidación de Dos Bufetes! Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor han Formado Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP

La oficina de Park & Taylor se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland

Estamos emocionados de anunciar la unión entre Bean + Lloyd, LLP y Park & Taylor, dos bufetes de inmigración muy respetados en el Área de la Bahía, lo cual ocurrió en abril del 2021. El bufete nuevo, Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, combina décadas de experiencia en inmigración familiar, defensa de deportación, asilo, visas humanitarias, e inmigración criminal.

Además, la antigua oficina de Park & Taylor en San Francisco se ha mudado para unirse a la oficina de Oakland en 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Nuestra oficina está temporalmente cerrada al público debido a COVID-19. Nuestro personal seguirá estando disponible por teléfono, correo electrónico y texto. Todas las consultas y citas de clientes, continuarán por teléfono o videollamada. Estamos emocionados para reabrir físicamente nuestra ampliada y mejorada oficina de Oakland cuando sea seguro hacerlo.

Los socios Jesse Lloyd y Anita Mukherji, dos especialistas certificados en ley de inmigración y nacionalidad por la Barra del Estado de California, dirigen el bufete. Karyn Taylor es abogada retirada pero se ha unido al bufete, Angela Bean permanece como socia y Anna von Herrmann sigue siendo parte del bufete. El personal de Park & Taylor ha compartido sus dos décadas de experiencia con el equipo.

Por favor contáctenos al (510) 433-1900 o con sus preguntas.

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