USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.
Jan. 13, 2018, Update: Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.
The USCIS plans to process DACA renewal requests within 120 days. If your renewal request has been pending more than 105 days and you have not heard from them, please visit the USCIS Customer Contact Center or by sending a message your USCIS online account inbox.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. was created in 2012 as a temporary solution for the millions of undocumented immigrant children who have grown up in the United States. Since Congress failed to pass immigration reform, these children could not legalize their immigration status. In the program’s 5 year history, DACA has provided a temporary work authorization to nearly 800,000 men and women who qualified for the program. Because of DACA, young immigrant adults have been able to stay in the US and support their families. These young adults have completed their education, launched careers, bought homes, and participated in society without fear that they may be forced from the only home they have known. Read the original criteria from the June 15, 2012, memo from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security here.