Supreme Court Ruling on DAPA

On June 23, 2016, the Supreme Court announced a tie decision (4-4) in U.S. v. Texas. This means that those eligible for DAPA and Expanded DACA cannot file petitions at this time.  USCIS cannot accept applications for these two case types.  Do not go to a notario or another attorney who claims they can file DAPA or Expanded DACA petitions on your behalf.

Background: President Obama announced protections for some parents of either USC or LPR children in November 2014 as well as expanding the DACA program.  Soon after his announcement, Texas and 25 other states sued the Obama Administration.  A federal judge granted an injunction during the lawsuit meaning USCIS cannot accept cases for people who may qualify for these executive actions while the lawsuit is pending.  The Obama Administration appealed that injunction up to the Supreme Court.  The tie decision means the injunction stays in place and USCIS cannot accept applications during the lawsuit.  We expect the lawsuit will take AT LEAST one year to wind its way through the court system.

Therefore, DAPA and Expanded DACA will NOT go into effect any time soon.

Those who qualify under the original DACA program announced in June 2012 may still file petitions.

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