Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DACA Recipients: Important Update

In accordance with a January 9th decision by a federal judge in California (see our policy update on January 10 here) US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed the acceptance 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 immigration@umn.edu 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 that it will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), delaying action until March 5, 2018 to allow Congress time to pass legislation. We encourage you to contact your legislators and ask them to pass permanent protection for Dreamers.

Until January 13, 2018, the government was not accepting new DACA applications. However, on January 13, USCIS announced it will begin accepting and renewing applications for those who have or have had DACA.

At the same time, Congress is negotiating an immigration bill to protect Dreamers, young people brought to the United States as children. We support legislation to extend the protections under DACA.

For University of Minnesota DACA recipients and undocumented students, the Immigration Response Team (immigration@umn.edu 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.

DACA Renewal Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Renewal Applications (PDF)
This FAQ will help answer questions about renewing DACA (from United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center)

Free DACA Renewal Resources in Minnesota (PDF)
Minnesota has many free or nominal fee legal resources to help you with DACA renewal applications

DACA FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for UMN students with DACA.

DACA Helpline

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is offering a DACA Helpline at 651-287-3715. Check dates and times hotline staffed by an attorney online.

Support for Dreamers

President Kaler and fellow Big Ten leaders urged Congress to pass a solution to protect students with DACA.

USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services DACA 2017 Information