On Friday, December 4, a district judge in New York ruled that the government must start accepting new applications for DACA. This ruling also restored the 2-year duration of DACA and its accompanying work permits. What does this mean for current and potential DREAMers?
- Those who do not currently have DACA can now apply to receive DACA
- All DACA status and work permits will be valid for 2 years, even if recipients applied during the period in which the government had announced that they would only be valid for 1 year.
We are optimistic about this news and the future of the DACA program. However, it should be noted that this legal decision could still be appealed, which could mean that DACA applications are once again unavailable. Additionally, this news comes just six weeks before a new president is set to take office. While Joe Biden has vowed to restore DACA, the application process may look different in January than it does now.
Canal Alliance does not currently have the capacity to assist with initial DACA applications. For those looking to file, we recommend this directory of attorneys who serve Marin County and the Bay Area:
California Organizations – National Immigration Legal Services Directory – Immigration Advocates Network
We will continue to update both clients and the public about DACA if there are changes in the law or in our own capacity to counsel clients.