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On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Because DACA is an executive action and not a law, the Administration has broad authority to end or change the program. Here are some answers to things you are probably wondering. Please note this is general information. Each case is different and as such this information should not be construed as legal advice – contact an immigration attorney for case-specific information or for legal advice. Notarios are not qualified to give legal advice.

Q: I think I qualify for DACA, but I have not submitted my initial application. Can I still apply?
A: No. The Trump administration will no longer accept initial DACA applications after September 5, 2017.

Q: I currently have DACA. What will happen to my DACA work permit?
A: DACA employment authorization documents (also known as work permits) will generally continue to be valid until their expiration dates. For more information about your rights as an employee see this advisory:

Q: I currently have my initial DACA application or my DACA renewal pending with USCIS. What will happen to my case?
A: Applications submitted before September 5, 2017, it will be processed normally by USCIS. Renewal applications must be submitted by October 5, 2017 in order to be considered by USCIS.

Q: I haven’t submitted my DACA renewal, but my DACA is going to expire soon. What should I do? 
A: If your DACA expires before March 5, 2018, you can renew your DACA status. Renewal applications must be submitted by October 5, 2017 in order to be considered by USCIS. DACA recipients whose work permits expire on March 6, 2018 or later will not be able to renew.

Q: What will happen to my Social Security Number (SSN)?
A: A SSN is a valid SSN number for life, even once work permit and DACA approval expire. If you have not yet applied for your valid SSN, find your nearest Social Security Administration office at or by calling 1-800-772-1213 and apply immediately.

Q: What will happen to my driver’s license or state ID?
A: A driver’s license or state identification card will continue to be valid until it expires. If you have not applied for a driver’s license or state ID card with your valid DACA work permit, do so immediately. 

Q: I just got a ticket, and/or I must go to court on a criminal issue. What should I do?
A: Now, even minor criminal arrests or convictions can lead to placement into deportation proceedings or complicate your future immigration options. Before you plead guilty to ANY criminal charge, no matter how minor it may seem, be sure to consult with a trusted criminal defense attorney who understands the potential immigration consequences of your case.

Travel Advisories for Foreign Nationals
"Travel Ban" 
If you are from: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen you should contact an immigration attorney before your departure from the US before international travel. NOTICE: NEW ORDERS ON IMMIGRATION ARE ANTICIPATED - STAY INFORMED

ALL Legal Permanent Residents: 
From any country, if you are asked to sign papers at the airport DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING or you may lose your Green Card. Politely ask to see an immigration judge or to be released.

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