Effective, October 31, 2022, the U.S. government issues new regulations concerning foreign nationals who arrived in the U.S. without permission when they were children, but these new regulations do not create any new possibilities of making these children first-time applicants.
Here is a legal update by one of our affiliates, Ilona Bray, J.D. is an award-winning author and legal editor at Nolo, specializing in real estate, immigration law and nonprofit fundraising.
The Biden Administration has issued a much-publicized new set of regulations concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, very little has actually changed.
Partly because of ongoing litigation, only renewal applications for DACA are being accepted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The door has still not been opened for would-be applicants hoping to apply for DACA for the first time and to receive the protection from deportation and work permit that DACA offers.
And let’s not forget that DACA is still not a permanent part of U.S. law. And if you already hold DACA, don’t worry that you need to do anything new or different at this time.
You can sit tight until it’s time to think about renewing; though in light of the uncertainty created by the ongoing lawsuits, renewing your DACA as soon as you can do so make sense, in case the program ends abruptly.
Experts recommend submitting a renewal application within the six months before your DACA runs out, or even earlier.
Sometimes hiring a lawyer for your immigration case is just too expensive. Sometimes your neighbor, or friend, recommends that you hire someone who is not a lawyer. In some cases, that’s okay. There are many honest and hardworking paralegals around. Whether you choose a lawyer or Paralegal they must be bonded.
The BOND is to make sure that there are some funds there for you in case the person you hired makes a mistake.
There is also another route you can go, accredited representatives. These people are certified by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent immigrants in court and at immigration interviews.
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Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)