ATTENTION: DACA Renewal Request Deadline, October 5, 2017
According to a recent missive by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as ‘DACA’ is going to be wound down effective immediately. This program which started in 2012 will affect at least 7,000 Indians who will face deportation as this program is being phased out over the next six months. Majority of these are residents of California and Florida
Initiated by the Obama administration with respect to individuals who came to the United States as children albeit with illegally documented parents or family members, this program gave the innocent children some reprieve and offered issued social security numbers and college tuition in certain US states as well as permitted to apply for renewable work permits for a two-year period. Referred to as ‘Dreamers’, they would have come since June 2007 before turning 16 and are now in the age range of 15-36. Although Mexico tops the charts, India ranks 12th among the countries with illegal Dreamers in the Unites States.
What Does the End of DACA Mean for Indian ‘Dreamers’?
- The recipients of the DACA program could apply for social security numbers and work authorization for two years.
- Any fresh application not initiated by September 5, 2017, will not be considered and will be promptly rejected.
- All properly filed and pending DACA applications and its associated employment authorization documents put in before September 5, 2017 will be considered on a case by case basis.
- If the applicant is currently within the two-year period, he would be allowed to continue until this period expires.
- DHS will consider renewal requests on a case by case basis if the benefits expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, provided requests are put in before Oct. 5, 2017.
- These case by case considerations for work authorizations will be limited for the next six months only.
- All DACA applications and renewals accepted and approved as of September 5, 2017 will be allowed to run its course until its validity period.
According to numbers released by United States Citizenship Immigration Services the average DACA recipient is 22 years old, employed, and a student. 17 per cent of them are on track to complete an advanced degree. There has been no comment by the Indian government regarding an acceptance strategy of these 7,000 plus Indians who may be deported back to India in the next couple of years. There are an additional 14,000 Indian illegal immigrants in the US who were eligible to apply for the DACA program till it got rescinded.