Another significant development coming out of the Presidential reforms announced yesterday is the expansion of DACA beyond its original parameters established in 2012. For descriptions of the original DACA requirements, please see here.
The executive reforms announced yesterday make the following reforms to the DACA program:
- The date of entry for DACA eligibility has been changed from June 15, 2007 to January 1, 2010. Individuals who entered the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday and prior to January 1, 2010 can qualify for DACA under the revised guidelines.
- The age cap has been eliminated. Originally, DACA was limited to individuals under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012. The upper age limit has been eliminated and those who entered the U.S. before January 1, 2010 and were under the age of 16 will qualify regardless of their current age.
- DACA work authorization will now be valid for three years as opposed to two.
These reforms will be implemented within 90 days. The other DACA requirements remain unchanged.
Over the coming weeks, Benach Collopy will hold reduced fee consultations for those who think they may qualify under this program. We will also be holding free information sessions at community centers in the greater Washington metropolitan area. For the latest information, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @BenachRagland. To schedule a reduced fee consultation, please call 202-644-8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.