The Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, announced on September 5, 2017, has caused uncertainty for as many as 800,000 young undocumented immigrants residing in the United States.
The DACA renewal deadline is Thursday October 5, 2017. In order to be eligible for DACA renewal, a recipient’s DACA must expire between the dates of September 5, 2017 through March 5, 2018. No applications will be accepted for renewals after that date.
Congress is working to find a compromise to extend DACA. Until then, here are some frequently asked questions regarding DACA. For more information regarding the program’s renewal deadline please visit the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
How long will it take for my DACA renewal application to be approved?
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DACA application approvals may take from 120 and 150 days after receipt depending on the agency’s capacity.
Will the information that I disclosed in my DACA application be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement?
No, information included in the DACA application will not be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as long as the individual does not have any aggravated investigations, charges, or convictions in their criminal record. If any aggravated intent does appear in the person’s criminal record, according to the Department of Human Services (DHS) “Notice to Appear” criteria, the individual will be a priority for deportation and may be targeted first if the program ends in 2018.
If I apply for a DACA renewal by October 5, 2017 is approval guaranteed?
The October 5, 2017 deadline does not guarantee approval of the DACA renewal application. The application being postmarked by the deadline is not sufficient, as it must be properly filed by that date.
Will my DACA renewal application be processed if it was submitted before September 5?
Applications properly filled before September 5, 2017 will be accepted. If you have recently renewed your DACA, it is suggested to speak with an immigration lawyer before your DACA expires to be aware of the resources that may be available to you.
What will happen to my driver’s license and social security number (SSN) when my DACA expires?
The validity of your driver’s license varies depending in the state that you live in. Before your DACA expires, consult your nearest Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
If you have no other immigration status besides DACA, once it expires the ability to work legally will be taken away. While your DACA may have expired your SSN will remain valid regardless of your immigration status.
What can I do if my DACA expires after March 5, 2018 since my application will no longer be eligible for renewal?
While you will continue to be able to work legally until your expiration date, stay informed, know your rights and be aware of the proper time to exercise them.
Be aware of the various immigration legal services available to you and find a trusted immigration lawyer to help answer any concerns that you may have.
I am concerned about my job and the power my employer may have over me if I am identified as a DACA recipient. What can I do?
While an employer may ask to re-verify your work permit, before its expiration date, your employer does not have the right to fire you due to your DACA status.
If you are feeling discriminated against and feel that your job may be in jeopardy contact the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the Department of Justice hotline at 1-800-255-7688. If you live in California and have any work-related questions or concerns please contact the Department of Industrial Relations’ Call Center at (844)522-6734.
As a DACA recipient, what can I do in regards to traveling?
While applications for advance parole (applications to travel abroad and return to the U.S. lawfully) are no longer being accepted, if your advance parole application was accepted before September 5, 2017 you will be able to travel outside the United States.
Before traveling, you should speak to an immigration lawyer to be aware of your rights and the positive and negative circumstances you may face upon returning.
If you are currently out of the country, it is suggested to return before your DACA and advance parole expires.
When traveling within the U.S. it is only required to have a valid driver’s license or passport.
If you need immigration assistance regarding DACA, the following can help:
- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security FAQ on DACA
- California Human Development, Sonoma County
3315 Airway Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95403
- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa
987 Airway Ct, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake Counties
(707) 578-6000 ext. 129
- International Institute of the Bay Area – Sonoma
17790 Greger Street, Sonoma, CA 95476