You should immediately check the date your DACA will expire. You can find the expiration date on your employment authorization card. If it expires between now and March 5, 2018, you can apply for a two-year extension. YOU MUST APPLY TO RENEW BY OCTOBER 5, 2017. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible and not wait until right before the deadline.
Know Your Rights—DACA
- Current DACA recipients keep their deferred action status and work permits until they expire.
- The administration will no longer accept NEW DACA applications.
- You can renew within six months:
- If your DACA permit expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, you can apply for a two-year renewal. The application MUST BE RECEIVED (NOT JUST POSTMARKED) BY OCTOBER 5, 2017.
- If you've ever been arrested or have had any contact with the criminal justice system, consult an immigration lawyer to decide whether applying for renewal makes sense.
- DACA recipients can no longer apply for permission to travel outside the U.S. ("advanced parole"). It will be up to officials' discretion whether to admit people who already have advance parole when they return from abroad.
- If you have an unexpired advanced parole grant, consult an immigration attorney before deciding whether to travel abroad.
- Come home before your advanced parole expires—afterwards, you cannot enter the country.
DACA Update—5 Things to Know
1. Your DACA is valid until its expiration date.
DACA and work permits (Employment Authorization Documents) will remain valid until its expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expires, look at your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
2. No new DACA applications will be accepted.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) no longer will accept or process first-time applications after September 5, 2017.
3. DACA issuances and work permits expiring between now and March 5, 2018 must be submitted for renewal by October 5, 2017.
If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you must apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA by Octb
4. Advance Parole to travel abroad is no longer available.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for advance parole will not be processed and DHS will refund any associated fees.
5. We are united in this fight.
You are not alone. We mobilized, organized, and marched five years ago for DACA, and we will continue to do everything in our power to protect immigrant youth and their families across the country. Visit www.weareheretostay.org for resources to help you and your loved ones take care of yourselves in this difficult time as well as information on what you can do to take action now.