First Time Applications
In the July 28th DHS memo, the agency announced that they will not accept first-time DACA applications. If you’ve already filed as a new applicant, you should expect USCIS to return your application and associated fee.
DHS will not accept Advance Parole requests, unless under exceptional circumstances. Though it’s not yet clear what those circumstances are it should be assumed that this would be incredibly rare. If you’ve already requested Advance Parole, you should expect USCIS to return your application and associated fee.
Although the new memo sadly does not allow for new applicants to apply, renewals continue to stay open for current DACA recipients. The memo, however, also announced a change to the amount of time your DACA protections and accompanying work permit stay valid. Instead of 2 years, DACA recipients will be given 1 year of protections.
If your renewal has already been processed and issued, you will still have your original two years of protections. The new one-year reduction only applies to renewal applications submitted from here on out. If your DACA expires in 2020, we encourage you to consult with an immigration practitioner and renew as soon as possible. Visit our renewals page to find out how to renew.
Previously it was announced that the USCIS application fees would be increased. As of now, the DACA renewal fee remains $495. We will update this page if this changes.
We will keep you updated!
We will continue to update this page as more clarity on how this development will be implemented as we receive news. We know this is hard news for so many that were looking forward to applying for the first time. And discouraging news for current DACA recipients who will renew their protections in the future only to have them shortened by a year.
Rest assured, our community, friends, and allies will continue to fight for DACA. Remember that you are strong and resilient with or without DACA and you are not alone!
Visit UWD’s DACA Decision site to learn more about ways to stay involved.