Immigration law changes all the time. Always speak with a qualified immigration lawyer or a Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representative for legal advice about your case and the most up-to-date information. For updates on immmigration you can also talk to staff at the local community organization you trust.
Until President Elect Trump takes office on January 20, 2017 the rules about immigration stay the same. But after he takes office, some programs can change quickly and easily, like DACA and maybe Temporary Protected Status (TPS). During his campaign he talked about getting rid of DACA. Right now, it may not be the best time to apply for DACA for the first time, because when you apply USCIS will learn that you are in the country. Other programs like Asylum, U Visas, and VAWA that are based on laws will take longer and are harder to change. Talk with a immigration lawyer or accredited representative before filing a new case.
It does not matter what your immigration status is, you still have certain rights. The Attorney General's Office just created a hotline you can call if you are being harassed or treated unfairly. Call 1-800-994-3228 or file a civil rights complaint.
TPS for the following countries has ended:
- Haiti - TPS holders from Haiti who re-registered are eligible for TPS until July 22, 2019.
- Nicaragua -TPS holders from Nicaragua who re-registered are eligible for TPS until it ends on January 5, 2019.
- Honduras - You are eligible for TPS until January 5, 2020. Re-registration information has not yet been announced.
- El Salvador - TPS holders from El Salvador who re-registered are eligible for TPS until it ends on September 9, 2019.
- Sudan - TPS holders from Sudan who re-registered are eligible for TPS until it ends on November 2, 2018.