The Latin American Association (LAA) has expressed unequivocally its support for hundreds of thousands of DREAMers who have grown up in this country and who call it their home. The end of DACA will have a negative impact on the well-being of our nation, including more than 28,000 young immigrants in Georgia who stand to be affected by today’s rescindment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act.
This decision will impact the DACA services provided by the LAA as follows:
- The LAA will not accept any new initial DACA requests starting today, September 5th. These are applications either filed by youth who have just turned 15 and therefore would be eligible to apply based on age, or for people 15 and older who for any reason waited to file and want to now file for DACA for the first time.
- All DACA applications that have already been filed by the LAA and ACCEPTED (meaning a receipt notice was issued by USCIS) will be adjudicated, and, if approved, those applicants will have DACA status and a work permit for 2 years.
- The LAA will accept DACA renewal applications for clients who have DACA and will have their status expire anytime between now and March 8, 2018. HOWEVER, these individuals must file their renewal applications and have them accepted by October 5, 2017.
- The LAA is accepting referrals of clients that need assistance with DACA renewals.
Please be aware that any client referred to the LAA for immigration assistance with a case other than DACA will likely face a longer wait for legal services as a result of our prioritization of DACA cases.
For more information, feel free to call (404) 471-1889.