2016 DACA renewal: timeline & resources


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Since August 2012, more than 700,000+ undocumented immigrant youth have benefited from DACA. As of now, DACA remains in effect and beneficiaries can continue renewing their work permits.  In this post, I wanted to share with you all my experience, timeline, advice, and helpful resources regarding the DACA renewal process given that I recently received my third work permit under DACA.

I first applied for DACA on November 2012.  Back then many of us didn’t really know what DACA was so I felt it was best to seek legal assistance to file my application.  For my past two DACA renewal applications I filled out them out on my own.  Each time, I sent my application within the recommended timeframe of 120 to 150 days before my DACA expired.

Here is my timeline for my most recent DACA renewal:

  • Sent DACA renewal: Mid-May 2016
  • Biometrics appointment: Mid-June 2016
  • DACA approved: Early-August 2016
  • I then received my new work permit in the mail about a week and a half after I saw online that my DACA application had been approved.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Each case is different so the timelines will vary
  • Make sure to check USCIS for most up-to-date information on DACA, including their recommendations on when to submit your DACA renewal application.  According to their website, “USCIS’ current goal is to process DACA renewal requests within 120 days. You may submit an inquiry about the status of your renewal request after it has been pending 105 days or more.”
  • You can still submit a DACA renewal application.  The program is still in effect.  I share this because a lawyer misinformed a friend of mine.  The lawyer told her that you could “only renew your DACA once”.  So make sure you do your research and seek trusted resources for help.

Regarding recent DACA renewal delays: According to the National Immigration Law Center, “there have been delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS’s) Nebraska Service Center—one of four USCIS service centers—in processing renewal applications for DACA and the work permits that allow DACA recipients to work legally in the U.S.”

The UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Program also notes that, “USCIS has announced that some requests for renewal of Deferred Action for Childhood Considerations (DACA) filed between February 14, 2016 and May 16, 2016 were delayed because of technical difficulties and may be outside of processing time. These delays may lead to both timely (filed 120 days or more before expiration) and untimely filed requests (filed 120 days or less before expiration) to not be adjudicated before the expiration of the previous grant of deferred action and employment authorization.”

Additional resources to check out:

My DACA renewal timeline & helpful resources” by Carolina Valdivia
What To Do If Your DACA is Delayed” by the UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Program
Stressed About Your DACA Renewal? Here are some steps you can take” by the National Immigration Law Center
I am approaching my DACA expiration date, but haven’t gotten my renewal yet!” United We Dream
My DACA is about to expire- what can I do?” by Carolina Valdivia

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice.  It is only my experience, timeline, and resources.

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5 replies

  1. Hello,
    I saw your timeline and it is very similar to mine but I have t heard anything back and I’m about to reach the expiration date on my EAD

    Applied may 20 2016
    Notice receipt may 22 2016
    Biometrics June 17

    My expiration is October 23. I also applied through the Nebraska office. What do I do? I’m worried I’m gonna be without my permit and lose my job


    • Hi Matt,

      Unfortunately mine expired on September 30th and nothing! I check in the Case Status page every single day. 15 days before it expired I called the service center and all they could do was create a ticket, and now all I can do is wait 30 days (oct 15th) until I can call again. It is extremely frustrating and unfair, everyone I know had no problem, but because Nebraska is having delays we are now faced with situations like losing our jobs. I’m sorry I can’t be of much help, I just hope you know you’re not the only one.

    • Hey Matt,

      Hang in there. Hopefully your DACA and work permit will get approved soon. It kinda looks like the Nebraska center is all over the place with its processing times for DACA. Mine expired while I was waiting for the biometrics appointment. It looks like I’ll have to wait another one to three months after biometrics. Needless to say, it’s really frustrating, but there’s not much you can do beyond submitting an inquiry or calling. But it looks like you chances of getting this resolved soon are good. I would talk to your employer and explain your situation. That way if your DACA expires, maybe you can be sure to get your job back as soon as it’s renewed.

      Applied May 2016
      Case Accepted May 23, 2016
      Biometrics Scheduled For Late October 2016. (Yeah, 5 month wait for the biometrics ):

    • Hello Matt.
      You’re not the only one, but I hope your luck changes.
      I applied June 12, did my biometrics aug. 18. My online status never changed till oct. 2 saying I had ANOTHER biometrics appointment scheduled but have not received the notice by mail, I called varies times and finally wrote to USCIS and currently wait to here something from some body! My permit expired October. 30 so here I am unemployed. I local USCIS office I went to by the way said that their system didn’t show them the OTHER biometrics appointment I saw on my online status… which is currently still stuck on.

    • Hey Matt and everyone that whose case has been delayed,

      Contact your Senator and/ or congressional representative and ask them to take a look at your case. We contacted the offices of our representatives in Nevada (Sen. Reid & Rep. Titus) and both told us (within a day!) that while they can’t ask USCIS to hurry, they have found that they do respond faster to cases in which there has been congressional inquiries. We got results in a week!

      So good luck!

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