Court Order Allowing Immigration Officials to Restore DACA, Accepting First-time Applicants

December 8, 2020

Under a recent court order, the Trump administration reinstated a program created under President Obama which will shield undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors from deportation. This program, entitled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), is now accepting initial applications for the first time in three years. Started in 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security states that this program will grant approved applicants work permits and deportation deferrals that last for two years. This will also allow DACA-holders to travel abroad under certain circumstances. The restoration of President Obama’s immigration policy is a major victory for over 600,000 current DACA recipients as well as over 300,000 undocumented immigrant teens and young adults who could be eligible for DACA.

DACA is an immigration policy that defers deportation of individuals who were unlawfully brought to the U.S. as children. To be eligible for DACA, applicants must have arrived in the United Sates before they were 16. They must also have lived in the country since 2007 and earned a high school diploma or have served in the military. An applicant may not be eligible if they have a serious criminal record or any felonies.

Every year, immigration laws get updated and changed, which can be confusing for those who are trying to obtain citizenship. If you have questions or concerns regarding DACA and its reinstatement, contact the Philadelphia immigration lawyers at the MC Law Group, LLC for more information. Our legal team is highly skilled in immigration laws and will ensure that the legal rights that you have in the U.S. are protected and enacted. Call us at 215-496-0690 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout the tri-state area, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.