REDWOOD CITY, California – Good news for young kababayans who became recipients of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.
The White House announced Thursday that more than half a million young immigrants who were granted temporary deportation waivers can apply for a two-year extension.
Because of Obama’s DACA, kababayans were among the 560,000 undocumented youth who were granted temporary work permits and two-year deportation deferrals.
The first permits are set to expire in September.
The USCIS said recipients should submit their renewal request about 120 days before their current period of deferred action will expire.
Who can renew?
• Those who did not depart from the US on or after Aug. 15, 2012 without advance parole.
• Those who have continuously resided in the US since they submitted their most recent DACA request that was approved.
• Those who have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors.
During an interview with Balitang America, Robert Uy, immigration attorney and officer of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, warned DACA recipients not to allow their deferred action to lapse.
“During the time period that it’s lapsed, it will be accruing unlawful presence if they’re over the age of 18,” he explained. “It could lead to bars of inadmissibility depending on how much unlawful presence is accrued.”