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Disclaimer for DACA Renewal applicants

The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains unclear due to the new administrations threats to terminate it. USCIS will continue to process applications for both initial and renewal applicants until further notice from the next administration.

Individuals who have already received DACA do not carry any additional risk when renewing.  However, there is a possibility that the renewal might not be adjudicated before January 20th, and the effort and money could result in no renewal.  

RENEWING DACA

Your DACA status and work permit must be renewed every two years to continue benefitting from the program.

Here is what you need to know about the renewal process:

  • The cost remains the same for renewals, $465
  • You DO NOT have to send documents that were submitted in your first application
    • Do include, all criminal history from initial application
  • It is highly recommended to have your original applications handy as you complete the renewal forms, so that you use the same information on the renewal application
  • Renewing DACA is fairly simple and you may choose to do it on your own, but if you have questions about the process or if you have been in trouble with the law or immigration since receiving your DACA status, we strongly suggest that you seek the assistance of a trusted private attorney or a legal service agency; Call us and we can help you select one (619) 363-3423 or visit our Legal Assistance page.

Note: If you do not renew your DACA within 1 year after it expires, you will need to re-apply as a new applicant, which means that you will need to resubmit all of the evidence that proves you qualify for the program. Long story short, reapply before your DACA permit expires!

THE FUTURE OF DACA

Trump has said that he will end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program when he takes the White House, However, Trump will not be president until January 20, 2017. Until that date, DACA remains in place and USCIS will continue to process applications for initial applicants and renewals.

For the moment, there is NOTHING confirmed. Those that have received or applied for DACA, will not necessarily be targets for deportation. In the past, administrative programs like DACA have NEVER been used as a base for a deportation program.

RENEWALS

Those who have already received DACA are known by the government. Therefore, renewing DACA does not carry a new risk but other precautions exist

In fact, renewing DACA may mean a DACA recipient can have a work permit until it expires one to two years into the next Administration. One risk, however, is again that the renewal might not be adjudicated before Trump becomes President, and the effort and money to renew will be for nothing.

It is unknown whether the next Administration will terminate existing DACA grants or instead not allow DACA recipients to renew. People who file to renew soon may be successful, as DACA renewals are currently being processed in 8 weeks with USCIS’ upgraded system.

ADVANCE PAROLE (Permission to travel):

At this point, advance parole may be a little bit harder to get, because processing time is three months or more, which would put approvals (even if filed today) and subsequent travel in February 2017.

Emergency advance parole requests, however, may still be useful in helping people travel and subsequently adjust status under 245(a).

Note: People that travel under Advance Parole through DACA should return to the United States before January 20, 2017.

Helpful links:

DACA Application Forms

DACA Frequently Asked Questions

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