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Post-election Updates & Information

*Public Charge Update as of 10/11/19

Update from Immigrant Legal Resource Center

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule related to public charge in the Federal Register, which was scheduled to take effect on October 15, 2019. 

However, as of October 11, 2019 this rule has been blocked by multiple courts. The injunctions stop the rule from taking effect. Thus, USCIS cannot implement the new rule until a court rules otherwise, and cases filed with USCIS will follow longstanding policies around public charge.

On August 14, 2019, the Trump administration published their final public charge rule, which if implemented may affect individuals seeking permanent resident status in the United States. Immigration officials uses the “public charge test” to decide whether a person can enter the U.S. or get a green card (Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status). The officials look at all of a person’s circumstances, including income, employment, health, education, skills as well as English proficiency, and family situation. Officials can also look at whether a person has used specific public benefits.

Please visit the ILRC website for more details regarding this update to the public charge rule. 

 

*DACA Update as of 1/18/18

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump Administration, announced an end to the DACA program. However, As of January 13th, 2018, USCIS announced it will again accept DACA renewal applications as a result of a recent order issued by a U.S. District Court. Here are the most important points about this update:

  1. DACA is valid until its expiration date.  DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
  2. Initial DACA Applications. People who have never had DACA are not able to submit a DACA application. Only those who have had DACA at some point may submit a renewal application.
  3. DACA Renewal Applications. People who have had DACA in the past may submit a DACA renewal application. There are two different processes depending on when your DACA expired:
    • People whose DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016 can submit a DACA renewal application. Speak with a legal services provider if your DACA is more than six months from expiring since it is unclear what USCIS will do with applications submitted extra early.
    • People whose DACA expired before September 5, 2016 will have to submit their application as if it were the first time. This will include providing evidence that you meet all the DACA eligibility criteria.
  4. Advance Parole.  No new applications for Advance Parole will be accepted.

If you qualify for DACA renewal or have questions about your DACA or legal status, we encourage you to consult with an immigration attorney as soon as possible:

For more information and updates regarding DACA, please visit The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC).

While the future of the DACA program is unknown, all CA laws, including AB540 and the CA Dream Act remain in place.

To read the Chabot College statement in support of Dreamer Students, clickhere.

For additional post-election updates, please check out the resources and links below:

Disclaimer

Please note, the information on this website is general in nature and serves as a guide. Information may be subject to change without notice.  Please consult the resources provided on this website for more information. Immigration laws are complex and subject to change. Please consult with an immigration attorney regarding questions pertaining to immigration and legal status.