Those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are now eligible to renew their status in light of the preliminary injunction issued by a federal court order. It is imperative that those with DACA, or those whose DACA has expired, act immediately to determine if they are eligible under the guidelines and file as soon as possible.
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) outlined the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines for renewing in these clear terms:
“Based on USCIS’ guidance, the following rules are now in effect:
– Individuals whose grants of DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016 may apply to renew DACA now.
– Individuals whose grants of DACA will expire within 180 days may apply to renew DACA once they fall within that time window.
– Individuals who were previously granted DACA but which expired before September 5, 2016 or was previously terminated can re-apply, but must do so as an initial application (i.e. with evidence they meet all requirements for the program, including continuous presence, good moral character, and educational achievements).
– Individuals who have never received DACA may not apply.
– No one can apply for travel permission (‘advance parole’) or leave the United States.
– The fee to renew DACA remains $495.”
It is advised that those renewing seek legal assistance. These individuals should also use tracking services for mailing their applications, especially in light of previous complications.
For additional local assistance, reach out to:
Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) – Hempstead: 516-489-8330
Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) – Brentwood: 631-273-8759
Catholic Charities: 631-789-5210
Those needing financial assistance to pay the DACA fee, click here for information on a potential grant with the Mission Asset Fund.