Wednesday October 4, 2017 Is the Last Day to Overnight Mail DACA Renewals

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This Wednesday, October 4 is the last day to send in applications to renew DACA for those whose permits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. There is a misconception that cases can be mailed as late as Thursday October 5, but that is not true. According to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security:

“These requests must be properly filed and physically received by the agency at the proper filing location no later than Oct. 5.”

In other words the renewals have to be mailed by October 4 to be received by October 5. The renewal applications should be sent Priority Mail Overnight Service (NOT FedEx) if mailed on October 2, 3, or 4. If the application arrives late it will be rejected. Complete instructions on where renewals should be sent are available here.

Here are the instructions from the USCIS (Homeland Security) on how to renew.

You must file all three forms indicated in the instructions and include the fee.

Please note, USCIS (Homeland Security) says that the only renewals that will be granted are those for DACA recipients whose permits expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018. Renewals will not be accepted for those permits that expired earlier than September 5 or after March 5.

The permits will last two years even though the DACA program will end on March 5, 2018.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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