Updated Information on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

USCIS Resumes Accepting DACA Renewal Applications 1/13/2018

If you have DACA or your DACA card expired, you may be able to renew your card. Effective January 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting DACA renewal applications because of a court order. Call us at 650-558-0915 for more information.

Click here for the USCIS announcement and here for Frequently Asked Questions prepared by the National Immigration Law Center and United We Dream.

La Inmigración Comienza de Nuevo a Aceptar Solicitudes de Renovación de DACA

Si tiene DACA o su tarjeta de DACA expiró, es posible que pueda renovar su tarjeta. A partir del 13 de enero de 2018, los Servicios de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los Estados Unidos (USCIS) han comenzado nuevamente aceptar solicitudes de renovación de DACA debido a una orden judicial. Llámenos al 650-558-0915 para más información.

Haga clic aquí para el anuncio de USCIS en español.


Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction in DACA Case 1/9/18

A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's efforts to end the DACA program and ordered U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  to resume receiving DACA renewal applications. The judge did not require USCIS to accept new DACA applications or approve advance parole requests for DACA recipients. The administration announced that it plans to appeal the decision.


Important Information Regarding the DACA Announcement 9/5/17

The Trump administration announced that it is phasing out the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. This decision leaves more than 800,000 DACA recipients anxious and uncertain. Unless Congress acts quickly, DACA residents will lose their deferred status and work authorization beginning March 5, 2018. We strongly believe Congress should pass legislation to protect the “Dreamers”—people who came to the US as children—and provide them a path to citizenship.


If you are a DACA recipient or applicant:

YOUR CARD IS STILL VALID AND WILL STAY VALID UNTIL IT EXPIRES. If you have a DACA employment card, it is still valid until its expiration date. You have the right to work legally until your work permit expires.

IF YOU HAVE A PENDING DACA APPLICATION OR RENEWAL, immigration will still process your case. Check your case status online and make sure you reply to any requests for more information and get to your fingerprint appointment.

YOU CAN NO LONGER GET DACA ADVANCE PAROLE (permission to leave the US and return to the US). Even if you already got approved for advance parole, leaving the US is risky. You may not be allowed back in.

FIND OUT IF YOU MIGHT QUALIFY FOR SOME OTHER IMMIGRATION RELIEF. Contact a responsible immigration attorney or DOJ accredited representative. Click here for a list of organizations in San Mateo County or call Legal Aid at 650-558-0915.

DRIVER’S LICENSE - If you have a regular driver's license and it expires after your DACA expires, you can still apply for an AB 60 driver's license.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is valid for life, even if your DACA expires. You need a work permit to be able to work legally even if you have a valid Social Security Number.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Legal Aid stands with you in this struggle. For more information and actions you can take now, please see the following web pages:

Immigrant Legal Resource Center: https://www.ilrc.org/daca
United We Dream: https://unitedwedream.org
We Are Here to Stay: http://weareheretostay.org
Educators for Fair Consideration: http://www.e4fc.org/home.html