USCIS announced that it would resume accepting DACA renewal applications beginning January 13, 2018. Here are the top five thing you should know:
1. USCIS is now accepting certain DACA renewal applications. If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, you may send USCIS a DACA renewal application. If your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, you must reapply by filing your application as a first-time one rather than as a renewal.
2. USCIS will not accept new DACA applications from people who haven’t applied previously.
3. Requests for advance parole from DACA recipients will not be accepted.
4. We do not know how long USCIS will continue to accept DACA renewal applications. The Trump administration has appealed the district court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. This means that the window of time available for submitting your DACA renewal application is uncertain. If you fulfill the requirements mentioned above, you should assess whether to apply immediately.
5. The fight to get the Dream Act passed by January 19 continues! Text DreamActNow to 877877 to learn how you can join in pressuring Congress to stand on the right side of history and pass the Dream Act by January 19!
For more information, see this community advisory and this infographic.