DACA Recipients: Important Update
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed the accepting and processing of DACA renewal applications as of January 13.
What you need to know:
Resumption of DACA Renewal Applications(pdf) Read this detailed FAQ from the National Immigration Law Center
USCIS is accepting renewal applications. If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2017, you may send USCIS a renewal application.
No new applications will be accepted. If you have not had DACA before, you are not eligible to apply now.
No advanced parole will be accepted.
You should speak to an immigration attorney about when you should apply. You should consider whether it makes sense for you to apply as soon as possible. There is no deadline when applications are due. However, the government is appealing the court decision, so the renewal program may be available indefinitely or may be stopped by another court.
Immigration Response Team is available. Individuals who have or have had DACA in the past who have questions after reading the information from USCIS should reach out to their attorney and/or the Immigration Response Team (IRT) as soon as possible. You can meet IRT director Marissa Hill-Dongre during Immigration Drop-in hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation.
Minnesota Free or Minimal Fee DACA Resources. See this list of Minnesota legal resources (pdf) that are free or with a nominal fee to help with DACA renewals and information.
The Trump Administration announced on September 5, 2017 that it was rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), delaying action for six months to allow Congress time to pass legislation. But efforts to pass bipartisan legislation ended in failure (read our February 16, 2018 update).
However, a number of groups filed lawsuits challenging the administration’s decision to end DACA. The challengers argued that the administration's decision was arbitrary and did not follow proper legal procedures.
Two federal courts ordered USCIS to continue accepting and processing DACA renewal applications while the litigation proceeds.
More recently, a third court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security has 90 days to better explain its legal arguments for cancelling DACA. If the department fails to do so, the judge will order the government to begin processing new and renewal DACA applications (read our April 25, 2018 update).
We will continue monitoring these cases, and share updates on this page and through the IRT ListServ (sign up to receive emails).
For University of Minnesota DACA recipients and undocumented students, the Immigration Response Team (email@example.com or 612-624-4224) is available to consult with you, answer questions and help you access resources. It is very important you speak to an immigration lawyer who is trained and understands the complex U.S. immigration system.
Also see the legal resources listed by campus on our Resource Page.