UPDATE: USCIS accepting DACA renewals as of January 13, 2018.
On January 13, 2018, in compliance with a district court ruling directing the government to maintain the DACA program, USCIS is accepting DACA renewal applications under certain circumstances:
Applicants who currently have DACA, or whose DACA status expired on or after September 5, 2016, can apply to renew DACA status.
Applicants whose DACA status expired before September 5, 2016, or whose DACA status was terminated, may file a new DACA application (not a renewal).
Applicants who never had DACA cannot apply.
Warning about travel on advance parole:
DACA status holders who have advance parole should NOT travel on it, as CBP will likely not permit re-entry to the U.S. New advance parole applications based on DACA status will not be granted.
This renewal opportunity may end at any time if another court overturns the ruling.
The government has appealed the district court’s ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to the Supreme Court. If either court overturns the ruling, the opportunity to renew will close. Eligible applicants should renew as quickly as possible!
DACA recipients may have other immigration options – especially those who traveled and returned on advance parole – and it is important to speak with an immigration attorney to understand the options available now and possibly in the future.
As a lawyer who is a State Bar of California Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law, I can advise you through this and other immigration processes.