We have received a lot of questions about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) lately, so below we answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Q: I have valid DACA status right now, can I renew my DACA?
A: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recommends filing a renewal request for DACA between 120 and 150 days (4 to 5 months) before your current DACA expires. If your DACA expires more than 150 days from now, you can still apply for renewal. However, if your application for renewal is approved, your current DACA and your renewal could overlap. This means you may not be granted DACA for a full two years from your current DACA expiration date.
Q: What options do I have if my DACA already expired?
A: If you had DACA previously, but it has expired, you can apply to renew your DACA status. However, if your DACA expired before September 5, 2016, you must complete the application as if you were applying for the first time. This means you must submit all of the supporting documentation required for an initial application.
Q: I have heard some people with DACA have traveled outside of the country. Can I still apply for Advance Parole?
A: At this time, USCIS is no longer accepting applications for advance parole for individuals with DACA.
Q: I have never had DACA before. Can I still apply?
A: At this time, USCIS is not accepting initial applications. This means if you have never applied or if you have applied but were not granted DACA, you cannot submit an application for DACA now.
Q: Are there any long-term options for people with DACA?
A: While several immigration bills have been presented in Congress, none have achieved sufficient backing to move forward, so at this time, there is no long-term solution for the majority of individuals with DACA. However, other immigration bills have been introduced and others are likely to be introduced in the future.
Do you have a question not answered here? Contact us! You can use our contact form to schedule an appointment with our office. We would be glad to help you determine the best option for you.