DACA RENEWALS ARE OPEN
The U.S. Supreme Court announced on June 18, 2020 that the Trump administration’s decision to terminate DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in 2017 was unlawful. This means that unless there is further action on the program, DACA survives.
However, at this time US Citizenship and Immigration Services are NOT accepting new applications, only renewals. My office and I stand ready to assist eligible individuals in renewing your applications. To learn more or get help, please contact my office at 310-831-1799.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?
- DACA recipients continue to be protected from deportation and will continue to benefit from work authorization;
- The government will continue accepting DACA renewal applications; and
- The government MAY now begin accepting DACA applications, from first-time applicants and accepting applications for Advance Parole (requests for travel for education, employment, or humanitarian grounds).*
- It is unclear whether the government will accept new initial applications and/or take action in compliance with the decision to terminate DACA again.*
*On, July 28, 2020 a Department of Homeland Security memo stated that they will no longer accept new DACA applications and will reject most new and pending requests for Advanced Parole. Please consult an immigration attorney before proceeding with an initial application or an application for Advanced Parole.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA TO RENEW YOUR DACA
- Thirty (30) years old or younger as of June 15, 2012,
- Entered the United States before the age of sixteen (16)
- Physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Continuously resided in the U.S. since June 15, 2007
- Currently in school;
- Have graduated from High School or obtained GED; or
- Honorably discharged from the military.
- Have not been convicted of a felony or serious/multiple misdemeanor or pose a threat to the national security of the U.S.
Note: Prior orders of removal do not impact eligibility
WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED TO BEGIN THE RENEWAL PROCESS?
- Birth Certificate
- Copy of government-issued identification (i.e. passport, consular ID)
- Two passport photos
- High School Diploma, GED, or proof of current enrollment in school
- Documentation establishing a presence in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
- Documentation establishing a physical presence in the U.S. from June 15, 2007, through the present (need multiple documents for each year).
- Certified Criminal Records (if applicable)
- Payment to Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $495.00
- Legal fees paid to an immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative