USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew DACA
On January 9th, 2018, a federal judge partially revived the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This judgment requires USCIS to resume accepting applications from DACA enrollees who want to renew their protected status, but it doesn’t require the government to take new applications. The Department of Homeland Security has updated guidance on the renewal process and here is what you need to know:
Who may apply?
If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016, you may file your DACA as a renewal request.
If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired before Sept. 5, 2016, or your DACA was previously terminated at any time, you cannot request DACA as a renewal, but may file a new initial DACA request in accordance with the Form I-821D and Form I-765 instructions.
Who is not eligible?
USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.
USCIS will not accept or approve advance parole requests from DACA recipients.
What is needed to apply:
Form I-821D (PDF)
Form I-765 (PDF)
Form I-765 Worksheet (PDF
Appropriate fee or approved fee exemption request
When should I apply?
You must apply as soon as possible. USCIS has stated that this is open “until further notice” and the White House may file for an appeal on this ruling. If and when that appeal is filed, the window for accepting DACA applications will close again.
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles can provide assistance filling out the DACA renewal application. To make an appointment, contact Catholic Charities at (213) 251-3411.
For additional information or recommendations of an immigration attorney in your area, please contact the office of Immigration Affairs of the LA Archdiocese at (213) 637-7484, firstname.lastname@example.org