January 16th, 2018
USCIS BEGINS ACCEPTING DACA RENEWALS FOLLOWING COURT ORDER
USCIS announced on Saturday that it will resume accepting DACA renewal applications. The announcement comes in response to an injunction issued last week by a federal district court in San Francisco, which ordered DHS to continue accepting renewal applications while a lawsuit against the decision to end DACA moves forward. Because the injunction is temporary and part of ongoing litigation, it is uncertain how long the window to apply for a renewal will remain open.
The details of the USCIS announcement are outlined below.
If your DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016 or if you currently have DACA:
You may apply to renew your DACA now. Even if your DACA will not expire in less than six months, you may apply to renew it, though this may result in an approved period of less than two years from the end of your current DACA period. Because the court order is temporary and subject to future litigation, recipients will want to renew their DACA as soon as possible.
If you previously had DACA, but it expired or was terminated before September 5, 2016:
You may apply for DACA again, though you must apply as an initial applicant rather than a renewal.
If you have never applied for DACA:
Unfortunately, USCIS is not currently accepting requests from first-time DACA applicants.
Advance Parole is the name for permission from the U.S. government to travel outside the United States for specific reasons and authorization to renter upon return. USCIS is not currently accepting applications for Advance Parole based on DACA.