Apply Away: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Is Back

On January 9, 2018, a federal judge in California temporarily put a hold on the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and directed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to resume processing applications. Late on January 13, 2018, USCIS stated that it will resume accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.

If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016, you may still file your DACA request as a renewal request. If you previously received DACA and it expired or was terminated at any time, you may file a new initial DACA request in accordance with the Form I-821D and Form I-765 instructions. DACA requests will be adjudicated under the guidelines set forth in the June 15, 2012 DACA memo (PDF).

The program will temporarily continue with the following critical caveats:

  • No initial DACA applications: USCIS will not accept requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.
  • No advance parole: USCIS will not accept or approve advance parole requests from DACA recipients.

With that said, UC Berkeley students who need to renew their expired DACA or whose DACA expires in the next 6 months can and should make appointments to do so now here. As always, application fees will be covered by the program.

As this injunction may be temporary, we implore people to work with us to get their applications in quickly.

Individuals who were previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal by filing Form I-821D (PDF)Form I-765 (PDF), and Form I-765 Worksheet (PDF), with the appropriate fee or approved fee exemption request, at the USCIS designated filing location, and in accordance with the instructions to the Form I-821D (PDF) and Form I-765 (PDF).