The new DACA ruling by the Supreme Court

On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of DACA recipients. The Supreme Court concluded that the Trump Administration unlawfully ended the DACA program. This means that the 2012 Obama Administration DACA policy is restored in full.

The program protects undocumented immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally in the U.S. To be eligible, applicants had to have arrived in the U.S. before the age 16 and have lived there since June 15, 2007. They could not have been older than 30 when the Department of Homeland Security enacted the policy in 2012. Recipients are required to renew their protections every two years. DACA does not provide permanent protection or a pathway to citizenship.

The ruling would reopen DACA for new applicants and allow current DACA recipients to continue to renew their status. If you are eligible for DACA but did not file your initial application before September 5, 2017 when the first attempt at ending DACA began, then once the government reopens applications, and if you meet the eligibility requirements, then you should be able to apply.

If you are currently a DACA recipient, you can continue to renew your status so long as you meet the eligibility requirements. If it has been less than a year since your DACA expired, then you can file your renewal. If you previously had DACA but your DACA protections expired more than a year ago, you will be able to renew however you will need to file the renewal as if it were an initial application.

For more information, please contact our office for a free telephone consultation (15 minute) at 248-557-3645.

Sevahn Merian

Associate Attorney, Immigration Law Department

The Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz, PLLC

phone: (248) 557-3645 fax: (248) 200-0645

email: smerian@joumanakayrouz.com1000 Town Center, Suite 800 Southfield, MI 48075


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