USCIS is once again accepting DACA renewal petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will again process applications for renewal of DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - in compliance with federal Judge William Alsup's order issued last week.

USCIS announced last night on its website that has resumed accepting DACA requestsThe company will only process renewal applications.

No new applications will be accepted of individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.

USCIS Nor will it accept or approve requests for advance permission submitted by (advance parole) for DACA recipients.

The renewal will be carried out "until further notice" and could be stopped at any time, depending on how the case is resolved in court.

Only individuals who previously received DACA and whose DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016 may submit a renewal application.

Individuals whose DACA permit expired before September 5, 2016 or was revoked before that date will not be able to apply for a renewal. This is because renewal requests generally must be submitted within one year of the expiration date of the last deferred action permit approved under DACA.

However, USCIS will allow individuals whose DACA expired before September 5, 2016, or was terminated at some point prior to that date, to file an initial DACA petition, clearly indicating on the application the date their previous DACA ended.

If you are a DACA recipient who falls into these categories, please apply immediately to renew your permits under this program while you continue to seek a permanent pathway to remain in the country. For more information on how eligible individuals can re-register for DACA click here.

This window for submitting applications may be very short. We must act quickly.