My DACA is about to expire- what can I do?

By CAROLINA VALDIVIA

imagesGiven that DACA is granted only for a temporary period, we must submit a request to renew our DACA before the current one expires.  USCIS advises that we submit our DACA renewal applications about 120 days (4 months) before our current period of deferred action will expire.  NOTE- Requests received earlier than 150 days in advance will be accepted; however, this could result in an overlap between your current DACA and your renewal. This means your renewal period may extend for less than a full two years from the date that your current DACA period expires.  For more information on when to submit your DACA renewal application, check out this previous post: “When should I renew my DACA?

How long does it take to get your DACA renewal approved?  Check out this post where I shared my personal timeline: “My DACA renewal timeline & helpful resources”  If you scroll down to the comments section you will also find other people’s timelines, as well as their questions and concerns.

There are many people who are submitting their DACA renewal applications within this time frame, and they are still not getting approved on time.  Understandably so, many who find themselves in this situation are worried that they will lose their jobs if they do not receive their DACA renewals on time.  If you are in this situation, what can you do?

1. Contact USCIS about your case

You can submit an inquiry online about your case if it has been pending for more than 105 days.  To do so, please visit the USCIS official page: “Case Inquiry“.  You can also contact the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-767-1833)

2. Contact your congressman/woman

Many DACA recipients who have been waiting for 105 days or more, have contacted their congressman/woman who can then help speed up the process.  While I have not personally done this because my first DACA renewal arrived on time, many have shared their stories on this post, “My DACA renewal timeline & helpful resources“.

Wondering who is your congressman/woman?  To find out who you should contact, check out this page: “Find Your Representative” where you can enter your zip-code to find your congressman/woman.

How should you contact them?  Once you find out who your congressman/woman is, visit their official website to find their contact information.  You can search for their phone and/or e-mail to contact them.

What should you say when you contact them?  You can provide your congressman/woman with your name, your situation (e.g. you can tell them that you are a DACA beneficiary and that you applied to have your DACA renewed but have not heard back yet), possible challenges you will face if your DACA is not renewed on time (e.g. you can tell them that you fear losing your job), and your request (ask for their help to have your DACA renewal approved on time).

Many of the folks who have contacted their congressman/woman regarding their DACA renewals have gotten their approvals within 1-7 days!  Again, make sure to check out this previous post, “My DACA renewal timeline & helpful resources“, to read about others’ experiences, timelines, and advice regarding the DACA renewal process.

3. Contact USCIS Ombudsman Office 

After waiting for 105 days, you can also submit an inquiry via “Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Case Assistance“.  United We Dream, an immigrant-serving organization, recommends that you ask for expedited handling and explain why (e.g. you may lose your job), and include the date your permission to work expires.

DID YOU GET YOUR DACA RENEWAL APPROVED?  IS YOUR DACA ABOUT TO EXPIRE?  SHARE WITH US YOUR EXPERIENCE, QUESTIONS, AND CONCERNS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW!

Additional recommended resources:

USCIS “Don’t Let Your Work Permit Expire; Follow These DACA Renewal Tips

NILC “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Process

UWD “I am approaching my DACA expiration…

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10 replies

  1. Hi im about to fill out my daca renewal but im not sure what to do about the I-765 application i had my baby a year ago and stopped working when i was 8 months pregnant i went back to work but unfortunately my father got diagnosed with leukemia and i didnt show up the next day to work because he was in the hospital and i got terminated from work ever since then ive been caring for my daughter and father and havent found a job. Will that affect my renewal in any way? Thanks Marlene

  2. Hi
    I send my documents back on March 2016 and my work permit expired in August 2016, I still haven’t receive anything and when I check my status is always the same, I have tried to call immigration for to summit an inquiry and the last request said that my case is currently pending adjudication and that they have to perform additional reviews on my case.
    I am about to send a message to the Ombudsman office and already send a message to my congressman. I hope everything goes well, because I dont know any more. Thanks

  3. Hello. Thank you for this article!
    My DACA expired on 11/13 and still have not received my new work permit. Any how, once my case hit the 105 days I followed each step mentioned in this article and it helped. Yesterday, I received a message which stated that my DACA was approved and my new card (work permit) is being produced. I hope to received my new work permit with kn the next few days and be able to go back to work.

  4. Hi, I submitted my DACA late April and was received by USCIS on 05/04/16 I received my approval letter but when I check online for status it says ” status : in process, status message:your benefit request had been accepted and is under review” I understand it takes them 105days but are those calendar days or business days ? My DACA expires on 09/18/16 and I’m worried that I will lose my job. Thank you!

  5. My DACA approval letter got here around a month ago, but my permit hasn’t been here yet, im concerned because my work permit just expired and so has my license, can i renew my license with just the acceptance letter? I’m really scared to lose my job and to be driving with an expired drivers license.

    • Hello! Like I told Mayra in the previous comment, I really hope you have already received your new work permit card! But if not, definitely consider contacting the USCIS Ombudsman Office: After waiting for 105 days, you can submit an inquiry via “Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Case Assistance“. United We Dream, an immigrant-serving organization, recommends that you ask for expedited handling and explain why (e.g. you may lose your job), and include the date your permission to work expires.

    • Hello,
      I’m on the same boat. Submitted my application which was in place as of 4/18/2016. My work authorization expires 8/18/2016. I checked online and as of 8/8/2016 I received deferred action (no physical letter in the mail though). The letter states I am authorized to remain in the US but the USCIS offices have 90 days as of 8/8/16 to review my employment authorization (i765).
      Bases off your comment I am losing hope. The original 120-150 day renewal time period does not include the 90 day additional review for i765. So I get to remain in the US but encounter a 3 month time lapse where I may or not be able to work and my living situation is suddenly in limbo.
      It’s like they want to make it impossible. Let me know when you receive yours I’d like to get an idea of mine.
      P.S. Apparently location plays a part….where are you located?

  6. I filed my renewal on February 2015, i already have my approval letter on April, but still waiting on work permit card, i called the uscis, but i was told to wait more than i already have, im about to loose my job i don’t know what to do anymore

    • Hi Mayra, I hope you have already received your new work permit card! But if not, definitely consider contacting the USCIS Ombudsman Office: After waiting for 105 days, you can submit an inquiry via “Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Case Assistance“. United We Dream, an immigrant-serving organization, recommends that you ask for expedited handling and explain why (e.g. you may lose your job), and include the date your permission to work expires.

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