By DIANA VALDIVIA
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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