On February 16, 2015, a Federal District Court Judge blocked the immigration initiatives announced by President Obama, namely the revised Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).
Though the revised DACA applications were due to be accepted today, the Court's decision does not allow USCIS to accept the applications. In a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Jeh Johnson said he "strongly disagreed" with the decision but recognizes that the agency must comply with it. However, DHS will appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
Note: This does not affect DACA recipients who originally applied for DACA in 2002 or after. Many DACA recipients should have renewed or be in the process of renewing their work permits -- this decision does not affect your rights to renew your work permit. If you have questions, contact us for a free consultation on this issue.
Even though DHS is not currently accepting applications for either program, there is no reason to wait until the Court battle is over to see if you are eligible! Click here to see if you meet the eligibility requirements for DACA and DAPA.