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What We Know & Can Do Now
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was again accepting DACA renewal applications as a result of an order issued by a U.S. District Court. Here are some important things we want you to know right now:
DACA Application Guidelines
Initial DACA Applications. People who have never had DACA are not able to submit a DACA application. Only those who have had DACA at some point may submit a renewal application.
DACA Renewal Applications. People who have had DACA in the past may submit a DACA renewal application. There are two different processes depending on when your DACA expired:
People whose DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016 can submit a DACA renewal application. Speak with a legal services provider if your DACA is more than six months from expiring since it is unclear what USCIS will do with applications submitted extra early.
People whose DACA expired before September 5, 2016 will have to submit their application as if it were the first time. This will include providing evidence that you meet all the DACA eligibility criteria.
Advance Parole. No new applications for Advance Parole will be accepted.
Apply Immediately. If you are eligible, please consider applying immediately. We are uncertain about how long this opportunity to apply for renewals will remain open since the Trump Administration has already filed an appeal to stop the DACA program again. To find help with your DACA renewal application, visit www.immigrationlawhelp.org. To get assistance with the application fee, visit lc4daca.org.
#DreamActNow. While this court decision is a welcome victory, we continue to support efforts by undocumented youth and allies to push for a permanent legislative solution for undocumented youth. Call your member of congress to pass the Dream Act by this Friday January 19th.
Get screened for other immigration options. Fill out E4FC’s FREE Dreamer Intake Service to learn more about your potential immigration options. To find a reputable non-profit legal service provider in your area, visit Immigration Law Help.
Looking for help filling out your DACA renewal application?Please beware of notarios. Notarios cannot practice immigration law. Only licensed attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representatives can practice immigration law.
Many immigration legal services providers are offering free or reduced fee DACA renewal application assistance.
The following are options for getting financial assistance to pay for the DACA renewal fee. Please be cautious if you are asking for financial assistance. Verify that the fund is organized by a trusted person or organization and do not give your sensitive personal information to unknown sources.
Crowdfunding and Funds for DACA renewals (nationwide): The following is a list of crowdfunding campaigns and funds that will be offering financial assistance to those who are filing DACA renewal applications.
The Mexican Consulate (nationwide) has announced that it will be providing legal and financial assistance to those needing to submit a DACA renewal application. Contact the nearest Mexican Consulate to you to get more details about specific eligibility requirements as they may vary by location.
Employment & Healthcare
Work re-verification not requiredwith DACA decision.Read more
Someone with a valid DACA continues to have work authorization and other benefits (ex. driver's licenses). However, President Trump’s immigration executive orders have changed the government’s deportation priorities. This has led ICE to detain and attempt to deport a few people with DACA.
ICE may detain a person with a valid DACA if they:
Are arrested or convicted for any criminal offense;
Admit to any offense (including minor traffic violations);
Are determined to pose a threat to public safety or national security;
Have been deported or been ordered deported from the United States in the past before ever getting DACA;
Admit to fraud in connection with a government agency (such as the use of a fake social security number);
Admit to gang affiliation;
Come to the attention of local law enforcement
Earning a Living Without DACA
Immigrants Rising was created by E4FC to encourage all imigrants, regardless of legal status, to create their own opportunities, earn a living, and thrive through entrepreneurship.