It is no longer possible to apply for DACA if you have not already been granted DACA. You can, however, apply to renew your DACA status if you have been granted DACA in the past. Even if you currently have DACA, and even if your current DACA status is valid until late 2020, you should consider applying to renew DACA now.
The Trump Administration has been trying to end the DACA program. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was begun by President Obama in 2012 as a way to provide protection against removal, and employment authorization, for certain people who entered the United States before age 16 and who either have a high school degree or are studying for a high school or GED degree.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in case that will decide whether the DACA program survives, or whether it is ended completely. The case is scheduled to be argued at the Supreme Court on November 12, 2019. After the argument, the Supreme Court will consider the case, and eventually will issue a decision. We don’t know when the Supreme Court will issue the decision, but we are almost certain that the decision will be announced between December 2019 and June 2020.
We don’t know how the Supreme Court will rule on the case. We believe, however, that there is a significant possibility that the Supreme Court’s decision will end the DACA program.
If the Supreme Court’s decision ends the DACA program, the next question is: What happens to the people who currently have DACA? The answer is, We don’t know. But we hope that the U.S. government will allow those who currently have DACA to keep their DACA status until the expiration of their employment authorization cards.
So, what is the point of applying now to renew DACA?
If you apply now to renew DACA, before the Supreme Court issues a decision that could end the DACA program, then your application might be approved, and we hope that you would at least be able to have your renewed DACA status through the expiration of your new employment authorization card.
In other words, applying now to renew DACA might give you the opportunity to have DACA status for a bit more time.
Again, we don’t know what the Supreme Court’s decision will be, and we don’t know how the Supreme Court’s decision will affect persons who currently have DACA. But we think it’s a good idea for you to consider applying to renew DACA now, while you still can.