In August 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The DACA program allows certain eligible undocumented immigrants a temporary two-year relief from deportation and the ability to receive work authorization. Individuals can apply for DACA through both USCIS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). For questions on what DACA is and whether you are eligible to apply, click here.
As DACA approvals and the corresponding work authorization are only valid for two years, the renewal period is fast approaching for those who applied and were accepted at the beginning of the program. Due to the fact that the program is new, many are confused and uncertain how to proceed with the renewal process.
Fortunately, USCIS recently released two new guidance documents relating to DACA renewals. The first piece of USCIS guidance relates only to those who were granted DACA by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when they were in ICE custody (immigration detention); as such, it only applies to a relatively few number of people.
The vast majority of DACA approvals came from USCIS starting in August 2012 and after. If you were one of those individuals, you will be eligible to start applying for renewal in late May 2014 and USCIS’s latest guidance, which is discussed below, applies to you.
Please continue to check www.uscis.gov for more information on the procedures and other information related to renewing your DACA. Whether you’d like help with your renewal application, assistance filing an initial application, or just have questions, feel free to contact us at 312-427-6163 or via our website. DACA can be complicated, and we’re here to help.
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