Catholic Social Services issues notice regarding DACA

FALL RIVER, Mass. — On Sept. 5, 2017, the president’s administration announced that the DACA program was going to end. However, on January 13, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that due to a federal court order, “USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA” until further notice. 

These are the most important points to know: 

1. People who have ever had (or currently have) DACA are allowed to file requests for DACA;

2. People who had their DACA terminated will be able to file requests for DACA;

3. People who never had DACA will not be able to request DACA. 

It is unclear how long this policy will continue — it could change at any time. Therefore, it is recommended that all eligible individuals who had or have DACA speak with an immigration attorney immediately to find out what their rights are regarding this change in policy.  

Catholic Social Services of Fall River may be able to help you with your application for free. CSS represents people on their DACA cases at no cost and has helped more than 200 people with their applications. This service is only available to those who have ever had or currently have DACA. 

If you or a person that you know has or ever had DACA, please contact Tim Paicopolos, an immigration attorney at Catholic Social Services at 508-674-4681 as soon as possible. Leave a message if you cannot reach him. 

The USCIS announcement can be found here:

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