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Recall of DACA Permits before July 31 Announced

construction-worker-569149_640Some developments involving the Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy carries considerable consequences for groups of immigrants residing in the United States. A recall involving the three year DACA work authorization permits has been disseminated. Immigrants who received the three year DACA work authorization permits on February 16, 2015 need to verify their status or risk having their DACA authorizations and related employment authorizations terminated. If you or anyone you know has received a letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services involving the recall of the DACA permits or your Employment Authorization Document it is urgent that you comply with the instructions immediately.

The DACA immigration policy received extensive changes after President Obama’s actions on 2014. President Obama’s decision expanded the reach of the policy to include illegal immigrants who entered the United States before 2010. The President also changed the DACA’s requirements by eliminating the need for applicants to be younger than 31 years old and lengthened the renewable deferral period by two years. The purpose of the DACA program is to allow undocumented immigrants to receive work permits that would allow them access to expanded employment opportunities and avoid deportation. The issued two-year work permits are renewable but do not give the eligible candidates a guaranteed path to citizenship or legal permanent resident status.

The recall of the DACA permits issued by President Obama’s administration comes hot on the heels of an injunction issued by a federal judge. Obama’s attempts to implement extensive immigration reform have not gained widespread support. Political representatives who oppose the President’s initiatives were instrumental in passing the injunction. The recall involving DACA permits issued after the February 16, 2015 court order was passed does not affect every DACA recipient. Only some individuals who received a card after February 16 are affected. If you received notice regarding the recall from USCIS, you need to return your card to your local USCIS office before July 31, 2015.

Immigrants who are concerned with the recall of the DACA work authorization permits have a few options at their disposal to verify whether they are affected by the development or otherwise. The USCIS website has an online tool that DACA work authorization permit recipients can use to verify whether they need to return their permits or not. Fact sheets in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese are also available on the USCIS web page. If you need legal assistance with issues involving the recall of DACA work permits or any other immigration related concern, contact Daniella Lyttle at Lyttle Law Firm, PLLC by calling calling 512-215-5225 or by visiting our website.