In today’s blog post we want to highlight three upcoming immigration deadlines with potentially big consequences for immigrants in and outside of the U.S. Read on to make sure you don’t get left behind.
DACA Renewal Deadline (October 5)
Ever since the news hit that the Trump Administration was ending the Deferred Action for Certain Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, people have been scrambling. One thing that is clear in all the chaos is that some DACA recipients need to move fast if they want to keep their work permits and protection against deportation. Here’s the main point:
- If your DACA work permit expires before March 5, 2018, you only have until October 5, 2017 to send in a renewal.
What happens if you forget or miss the deadline? Basically, you will lose protection against deportation and the right to work legally. Worst case scenario is that Immigration Customs & Enforcement may seek you out once your protection ends.
If you are struggling to come up with the renewal fees, there are resources out there. In St. Louis, there is a DACA renewal clinic on September 22, 2017 being sponsored by the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America. More details are here. As part of the clinic, there is a fundraising drive to help with fees. Nationwide, there are other clinics being held and you can find one near you here.
For everyone that cannot renew, we strongly recommend talking to an attorney to see if you have any other options to protect yourself.
TPS Ending for Sudan Until November 2, 2018
We’ve written before on this blog about Temporary Protective Status (TPS). For people with TPS, they have been eligible to work legally, travel outside the U.S. with permission, and be safe from deportation. Sadly, the Trump administration is taking steps to strip these benefits from many TPS holders.
Today we learned that the government has ended TPS for citizen of Sudan. If you now have TPS and are from Sudan, you only have until the November 2, 2018 to stay in the U.S. After that, a deportation case could begin against you. Usually, it is not enough that you have U.S. citizen children to keep a case from starting.
Again, now is the time to talk to an attorney about what you can do when TPS ends. Some people may be eligible to stay because of a family member. For example, if an adult child is in the military or they have a U.S. citizen spouse. Others may have a chance to ask for protection because of persecution.
We note that South Sudan continues to have TPS protection. Other countries with TPS include: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. However, there are indications that the Trump administration is considering ending TPS for some of these other countries too. For example, Haitians only have protection through January 22, 2018. To date, not announcement to continue the extension has been made.
Diversity Visa Lottery 2019 Registration Starts October 3, 2017
The last deadline is a somewhat more positive one. It mainly applies to people outside the U.S. but could help someone already here too. It’s the deadline to register for the Diversity Visa Lottery. The State Department will start accepting applications on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 and will stop on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. You may apply on your own by going to the official website of www.dvlottery.state.gov
As we’ve written about before, the Diversity Visa is a chance to come to the U.S. and get a “green card.” As long as your country is not excluded and you have a high school education or have worked in a qualifying occupation, you can apply. It’s called a “lottery” because more people apply than there are spots. Sadly, the program is under attack and at least two pieces of legislation propose cutting the program. But until they become law, the program will continue. Don’t miss out on your chance to apply. It’s free and no one should ever charge you to enter the application (though some may charge you to fill out the form). If you have any questions about the Diversity Visa process, we would be happy to answer them in a consultation.
Immigration law and rules are full of time sensitive deadlines. As much as we can, we will try to keep our readers updated on the latest announcements from around the immigration world.