June 16, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the renewal process for individuals enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a discretionary determination to defer removal action against individuals who arrived in the country illegally as children. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted an updated form to the Federal Register to allow individuals currently enrolled in DACA to renew their deferral for a period of two years. USCIS is now accepting these renewal requests and will continue to accept new DACA requests. (Note that individuals who have not continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007 are ineligible for DACA.) Adult education providers are encouraged to review and share this new information and guidance provided by DACA.
The first DACA approvals are due to expire in September 2014. DACA enrollees are encouraged to submit their renewal requests 120 days prior to the expiration of their current period of deferred action. This will avoid a lapse in their deferral and employment authorization period.
Those seeking new and renewed DACA enrollment are encouraged to access the USCIS DACA Web page for complete information, guidance, and FAQs about the program. This website also provides access to the newest version of the DACA application form and information on associated fees and background checks.
USCIS will hold a free Spanish- and English- language live Web-stream event about DACA on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 7:30–9:30 p.m., ET. Representatives will share agency updates and answer questions about the program. Please visit the USCIS Outreach page to participate in this event and/or upcoming national and local DACA informational sessions.
All interested parties, including students new to the United States or those who have been granted DACA, are encouraged to access the Department of Education’s new educational resources Web page. This site consolidates targeted information and resources to help the immigrant community navigate the U.S. education system, and provides a direct link to each state’s local adult education provider directoryClick to edit this placeholder text.